Emerge Colorado Alumnae Come from Behind to Win Four More Races, Redefining Representation

  • Nov 9, 2018
  • Michal Rosenoer, Executive Director
  • Emerge Colorado


November 8, 2018



Michal Rosenoer

828-577-3541; Michal@emergeco.org


Emerge Colorado Alumnae Come from Behind to Win Four More Races, Redefining Representation

Denver, Colorado — Four more Emerge Colorado alumnae delivered stunning wins tonight, all of them coming from behind to win their elections. These victories, should they hold, mean that Colorado will have 45 women in the state legislature, breaking the record in Colorado for gender parity at the capitol and creating a female majority in the House. Out of 24 Emerge Colorado alums on the ballot, 19 have now declared victory with 14 going to the state legislature in 2019. 8 Emerge alums will be serving in the capitol for the first time.

These women, should their wins hold, will redefine representation in Colorado

  • Brianna Titone State House District 27, first ever transgender person in the state legislature
  • Rochelle Galindo — State House District 50, first openly LGBTQ Latinx millennial in the state legislature
  • Bri Buentello — State House District 47, youngest woman in the state legislature
  • Joan Lopez — Arapahoe County Clerk and Commissioner, first Democratic woman to serve in the position

“These kinds of wins are exactly why Emerge Colorado exists – to recruit and train not only the best candidates around, but to ensure that our government reflects the diversity of our state,” said Michal Rosenoer, Emerge Colorado’s Executive Director. “Hats off to these women – they ran incredible campaigns and have pulled off wins that few could have predicted.”

Emerge Colorado, the state’s premier candidate training program which recruits, trains and provides a powerful network for Democratic women across Colorado. See the full list of 2018 Emerge Colorado candidates here.

“These wins are absolutely stunning. These three women going to the statehouse are truly going to redefine what representation looks like in Colorado. Brianna will be the first openly transgender person, Bri will be the youngest, and Rochelle will be the first openly LGBTQ Latinx person to ever serve in the state legislature. And on top of that, Joan Lopez will be the first Democratic woman to ever hold the position as Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder.”

More on Emerge Colorado’s wins:

  • 19 candidates out of 24 on the ballot have won their races
  • 14 alumnae were elected to the state legislature
  • 4 alumnae were elected to county and local offices
  • Since 2013, Emerge Colorado has trained over 300 Democratic women to run for office across the state

For more information on Emerge Colorado, visit: www.emergeco.org.