Emerge Nevada Announces Next Class of Aspiring Women Political Leaders

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Photo Credit: Carissa Snedeker

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
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Democratic Community Calendar for Week of March 11, 2013

— by Marla Turner, NSDP Secretary

This week, Organizing for Action (OFA 4.0)  will begin holding planning sessions to discuss steps we can take to help President Obama pass the agenda we all fought so hard for. OFA will advocate for those policies and mobilize citizens to speak out for speedy passage and effective implementation of programs like gun violence prevention, sensible climate change environmental policies, and immigration reform.

OFA will encourage the formation of grassroots chapters that are dedicated to this effort and committed to identifying and working for progressive change on a range of issues at the state and local levels.

So, check out the calendar and find an event near you. Don’t see an event taking place in your area? Email organizingforactionnevada@gmail.com or call Nevada State lead organizers Tyson at (702) 306-6461 or Bridget at (702) 378-2242 to talk about hosting your own event.

In other news…..

Legislative Hearings
So many important hearings take place every week. You do not have to be in Carson City to attend. You can attend at a satellite location or watch hearings stream live over the internet. Here are the committee meetings taking place tomorrow and Tuesday. Check back on our website under the “blog” tab for summaries of the rest of the week.

Early Voting Starts This Week!

Check out these cities and find a location near you.
·         Henderson: March 16-29
·         Las Vegas: March 16-29
·         Mesquite: March 18 – 20 and March 25 – 27
·         North Las Vegas: March 13 – 29, In-Office and Early Voting Schedule

Solo Democrats in Municipal Races 
Several municipal races have only one Democrat running against their opponent. City statute stipulates that any candidate who wins more than the majority vote in the primary is considered to have won the election and no general election need be held. With early voting rapidly approaching, all Democratic candidates can use our help. How great would it be to get these Southern Nevada solo Democrats elected at the primary level?

  • Isaac Barron: candidate for North Las Vegas City Council, Ward 1 against incumbent Robert Eliason. Mr. Barron is a teacher in North Las Vegas and would be the first Latino to serve on the council if elected. Find out how you can help by contacting Esmeralda Villeda at (702) 716-9596.
  • Fayyaz Raja: candidate for Las Vegas City Council Ward 2 against incumbent Bob Beers. Mr. Raja is a successful businessman and 30+ year resident of Ward 2. Canvasses are taking place daily with multiple shifts to choose from.  Contact Raja at (702) 321-4512 or his wife at (702) 321-4513 for more information.
  • Frank Geary: candidate for Las Vegas City Council, Ward 4 against incumbent Stavros Anthony. Mr. Geary is an investigative reporter who is not afraid to dig under the rocks to get at what’s buried underneath. Email info@frankgeary.com or call (702) 439-4850 to help out.

New Democratic Party Leadership
The following individuals were recently elected to serve their respective Democratic party or organization. Please help congratulate them and thank them for stepping up to serve:

  • Churchill County Democratic Party: Chair: Nyla Howell, Vice-Chair: Larry Jackson, Secretary: Jeanette Strong, and Treasurer: Carol Roeder
  • Douglas County Democratic PartyChair: Kim Cole, Vice Chair: Bo Statham, Secretary: Kathleen Winans, Treasurer: Eric Griffin, Member at-Large: Melanie Meehan-Crossley, Member at-Large: Gim Hollister, and Campaign Liaison: Cindy Trigg
  • Stonewall Democrats of Southern NevadaChair: Christopher Preciado, Vice-Chair: Helen Caddes, Secretary: Laura Martin and Treasurer: Chris Miller
  • UNR Young DemocratsPresident: Maddie Poore, Vice-President: Hawah Ahmad, Secretary: Lisa Wayne, Public Relations Chair: Shelby Wilburn, Treasurer: Terika Lambert. Advising board: Ian Fluellen, Danika Peterson, Ben Clark, and Antonio Gonzalez
  • Clark County Young DemocratsPresident: Justin Howard, Vice-President: Rachel Rekowski, Secretary: Christine Herril, and Treasurer: Sebring Frehner.

Additionally, the Democratic Party of Washoe County will hold officer/Executive Board elections on April 2, 2013 at 6PM. Members of the Washoe County Democratic Central Committee are encouraged to attend and vote for the candidate(s) of their choice. For detailed information, visit the WashoeDEMS website.

Nevada Legislative Reports

  • Legislative Committee on Public Lands has a new report available. View the report titled Bulletin No. 13-12

Speaking of Education…..
On Thursday, the Clark County School District will hold a special meeting at 9:00 a.m. to appoint an interim superintendent and discuss recruiting procedures for Dwight Jones’ permanent replacement.

Have a great week, and as always, be well and do good.


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In person voter registration or updating of an existing registration at your City Clerk’s office ends today.
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