Emerge Nevada Announces Next Class of Aspiring Women Political Leaders

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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

Looking for a Few Good Women

Emerge Nevada is building a pipeline of Democratic women ready to run for office by recruiting, mentoring, and training them on the skills they need to win. Collectively, we have changed the face of Nevada politics and are poised for even bigger gains in the next election cycle. But we need you to become part of our movement!

Applications for the Class of 2014 will open September 1st, and will be accepted until October 15th.  The online application will be available on the Emerge Nevada website.

Women are encouraged to apply early due to the detailed nature of the application.

Not interested in running for office but know a woman who should? You can also help us create the next generation of Democratic women leaders by recommending someone you know to the program! Personal encouragement makes all of the difference in getting women to step up and run for office.

Bill Maher Exposes IRS Forms for Tea Party Members

On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” Maher admitted that he’s quite convinced that the IRS was unfairly scrutinizing Tea Party members — and he has the tax forms to prove it.

While Maher pokes fun at the GOP’s current scandal mongering, it’s important to note that not a single “tea party” or “patriot” applicant was denied tax exempt status.  On the other hand, the only known 501(c)(4) applicant to have its status denied happens to be a progressive group: the Maine chapter of Emerge America, which trains Democratic women to run for office. Plus, all Emerge America chapters that has previously been approved in 2006 under then President Bush had their previously approved status revoked.

Personally, I find it interesting that a Bush appointed inspector-general, who proclaim in the Congressional hearing that he’s a Republican, investigated only Republican organizations that got  scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status.  I’m sorry, but that is IRS’s job.  Maybe their could have done a better job of setting assessment criteria, but the fact remains, that IS their job and we should NOT let them be bullied into NOT doing their job.

Here’s what Karen Middleton, President-Emerge America, had to say:

“Emerge America and its initial state programs were granted 501(c)(4) status by the IRS several years ago. Later, when a new state program applied for the same status, it was denied because Emerge works only with women who are in the Democratic Party, so the IRS determined this did not meet the definition of “social welfare” for the common good. We believed this denial triggered a review of the Emerge programs that had already been granted c4 status, and consequently those statuses were revoked. Becoming 527 organizations has not hurt our fundraising or organizational expansion – we report our donors and continue our work fully transparently.”

Emerge Nevada’s 2013 Woman of the Year Event – another great success!

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Emerge Nevada is Looking for a Few Good Women


Application for Class of 2012 Closes on October 15th 

What is Emerge Nevada?
Emerge Nevada is the only comprehensive political candidate training program for Democratic women in the state of Nevada. The training is for women who are serious about running for elected office and are willing to commit to seven days over six months of comprehensive training.

This year, the program runs from January 2012 through June 2012.

Emerge Nevada was founded in 2007. Since that time, 77 women have graduated from the program and 13 women have been elected to office.

Emerge Nevada has been recognized by the Nevada State Legislature and the Clark County Commission for its outstanding work in recruiting and preparing women to run for office.

Nevada limits the number of years one can serve in public office. That is why it is critical to recruit and prepare a field of candidates ready to run for office. By providing women from all over the state with top-notch training and a powerful political network, Emerge Nevada is helping put Democratic women into office, changing the leadership – and politics – of Nevada.

Our Curriculum

  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Fundraising
  • Media and Messaging
  • Networking
  • Campaign Strategy
  • Field Operations
  • Labor and Endorsements
  • Technology and New Media
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Debate
  • Campaign Budgeting
  • Direct Mail
  • Hiring Consultants

The 2012 schedule is:

  • January 7 & 8,
  • February 4th,
  • March 10th,
  • April 21st,
  • May 12th, and
  • June 2nd.

Online Applications Available September, 2011.  
Tuition cost is $350.00.

Class meets one Saturday per month January through June, 2012. Because this is a statewide program classes are held in both Las Vegas and Reno.

Travel scholarships are available.

CLOSE:                 OCTOBER 15, 2011



Emerge Nevada is the premier training program for Democratic women.
We inspire women to run; we hone their skills to win.
Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.