— by William McCurdy II, Chair—Nevada State Democratic Party
I wanted to let all of you know that we’ve locked in a date and location for the DNC’s Nevada stop for the “Come Together and Fight Back Tour.” I’m thrilled that Senator Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez and Cecile Richards are all coming to Las Vegas next weekend to share their vision for coming together and fighting back. I hope you can make it, and please encourage your friends in the Democratic Party to attend this event if they can.
I firmly believe that a united and more progressive Democratic Party fueled by grassroots activism will lead us to victory again here in 2018. From knocking Dean Heller out of the U.S. Senate to reclaiming our Governor’s mansion, Nevada will play a critical role in sending a message to Washington that the GOP’s priorities are wrong for working families.
Here are the details:
What: Come Together and Fight Back Tour — Las Vegas
Who: Senator Bernie Sanders, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards
When: Saturday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m.
Doors open: 10 a.m.
Where: Cox Pavilion, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154
This will be a great opportunity for Democrats to get to know our legislators and for them to see that we support them for all the work they have to do to protect and promote Democratic Values in Nevada.
We look forward to having everyone join us for this unique and valuable event this Wednesday!
Emerge Nevada, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for political office, announced today that it has selected its 2017 class. This year’s group of future women political leaders was limited to women who intend to run for office within the next three years. Many have never been involved in grassroots politics before, which is owed to new and historic interest after the 2016 election. The women hail from both the north and southern parts of Nevada, come from diverse backgrounds, spanning the spectrum of races, sexual orientation, socioeconomic levels and professional experiences.
“Emerge Nevada is thrilled to welcome our class of 2017,” said Marla Turner, President of Emerge Nevada. “Our organization selected exceptional applicants, who will seize on political opportunities once they are given the tools necessary to run an effective campaign. Given the results of the November election and the need for Democrats to regain power they’ve lost over the last few cycles, these women’s voices are needed in our government now more than ever.”
Emerge Nevada’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted receive 90 hours of in-depth education over six months that inspires them to run for office and gives them the tools to win. The program’s trainers are comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from all over the country, who have been involved in some of the most successful campaigns and initiatives seen in recent election cycles.
Participants learn from these experts and develop practical knowledge in areas such as public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, voter contact, media and messaging and others. Candidates also meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office and become a part of a supportive network, which includes a national association of Emerge alumnae, the Emerge board and advisory council members.
“I’m excited to be a part of Emerge Nevada’s 2017 class and am looking forward to learning how I can use my skills and experience to chart a path to a successful career in politics,” said Alison Brasier. “While Nevada is doing better than most states, our government in general doesn’t have nearly enough women serving in it. I hope my classmates and I will go on to become Nevada’s next generation of female political leaders.”
Emerge Nevada has a proven track record for getting Democratic women elected. Since the organization launched in 2007, the program has equipped more than 150 women with the skills needed to bring change to their communities. More than 65% of the alumnae have gone on to run for political office or been appointed to local boards or commissions, and of those who have gone on to run for an elected position, 89% have won. Emerge Nevada’s commitment to diversity also means that the women selected for the program come from a multitude of different backgrounds and all walks of life.
“The results of the 2016 election were certainly a wakeup call for me,” said Tacy Geesaman. “The morning after, I decided that I wasn’t going to wait for other people to make my community, state and country a better place. It was time for me to step up myself.”
Criteria for selection into the class included, evidence of political leadership experience or potential; meaningful involvement in workplace or community; interest in pursuing political office; demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal; ability and desire to build effective networks; ability to articulate a personal political vision; demonstrated ability to inspire others; and commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings. Applicants had to be registered Democrats. Women of all ages, races, nationalities, marital status, religious affiliations, sexual orientations and physical abilities were encouraged to apply.
The 2017 Emerge Nevada Class:
- Nancy Ayala
- Shea Backus
- Angela Best
- Alison Brasier
- Catherine Byrne
- Kasina Douglass Boone
- Asbury Edens
- Tacy Geesaman
- Anat Levy
- Patrina McKinney
- Erica Mosca
- Sheila Peuchaud
— by Zach Zaragoza
Serving as the Executive Director of the Nevada State Democratic Party for the last nearly 6 years has been a privilege and honor. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have helped lead this party with all of you, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together. This party has been the central part of my life since I walked into a UNLV Young Dems meeting in 2002 and I look forward to continuing my involvement as we move forward.
However, it is time for me to move forward personally and professionally so I will be leaving my position as Executive Director as of December 31, 2016. I am thrilled that I will be able to continue my service to Nevada as Senator-elect Catherine Cortez Masto’s State Director.
We have a lot of work to do in the next month to continue the shut down process from our successful 2016 elections in Nevada. I will also work with Chairwoman Lange on ensuring a smooth and orderly transition through the officer’s election in March.
I want to thank each of you again personally for everything you have done for this party and for me. I look forward to continuing to work with each of you as we move forward.