For Immediate Release: Emerge Colorado Graduates 26 Women from Candidate Training Program

  • Jun 24, 2019
  • Emerge Colorado


June 24, 2019

CONTACT: Michal Rosenoer

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Emerge Colorado Graduates 26 Women from Candidate Training Program

Dever, CO—This past Sunday, June 23, 2019, Emerge Colorado graduated 26 women from their annual six-month training program during a commencement ceremony at the Washington Street Community Center in Denver. Emerge Colorado is the state’s premier candidate training program. Each year the organization recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office; their flagship program is a six-month fellowship that covers connecting to voters, field plans, managing staff, the endorsement process, fundraising, ethical leadership, and more. Emerge Colorado’s win-rate since its inception in 2012 is 88% and they currently have 49 alumnae in elected office across the state, including 15 at the capitolTheir victories underscore the value of their training program in increasing women’s representation in government across Colorado. In 2019 Emerge Colorado will train 85 women across their six-month program, summer boot camp, and one-day trainings. 

“When women are trained and encouraged to run, women win, and this group of fresh political leaders are just what our state needs to chart a path forward to a brighter, more just future for us all,” said Michal Rosenoer, executive director of Emerge Colorado. “The women who go through our training program are the rising stars in Colorado’s political world. If you don’t know them yet – just wait. You will. We cannot wait to see what this exceptional class of 2019 will do next.”

Emerge Colorado’s Class of 2019 include the following women:

  • Kim Akeley-Charron, candidate for Larimer County Commission, 2020
  • Stephany Rose Spaulding, candidate for US Senate, 2020
  • Jennifer Allen Thomas, candidate for Commerce City Council, 2019
  • Lynn Baca, Brighton City Councilor and candidate for Adams County Commission, 2020
  • Candi CdeBaca, Denver City Councilor-elect, District 9
  • Marta Loachamin, candidate for Boulder County Commission, 2020
  • Sheela Mahnke, Westminster City Councilor, re-election in 2019
  • Jillian Freeland, candidate for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, 2020
  • Alison Coombs, candidate for Aurora City Council, 2019
  • Darien Wilson, candidate for Douglas County Commission, 2020
  • Cheryl Wink, Englewood City Councilor
  • Auset Ali
  • Iman Jodeh
  • Porta Prescott
  • Shayla Richard
  • LaMone Noles
  • Kristen Seidel
  • Karlyn Shorb
  • Danielle Kombo
  • Jessica Zender
  • Shenika Carter
  • Yesenia Mora Plata
  • Katrice Traylor
  • Catherine Fink Johnson
  • Linnea Reed Ellis

For information on Emerge Colorado please visit their website at Photos from the commencement ceremony are included as attachments below.