Eighteen Democratic women graduated from Emerge Maine’s 6th campaign training program this past Saturday, with six of them planning to run for the Maine State legislature in 2012. They are:Sara Gideon of Freeport, Bettyann Sheats of Auburn, Gail Maynard of Woodland, Pamela Boivin of Manchester, Rachel Sukeforth of Litchfield and Dana Hernandez of Waterville. All but Hernandez will be seeking seats in the Maine House. Hernandez will run for the Senate.
Emerge Maine’s class of 2012 is comprised of eighteen women who work as local leaders, business owners, parents, students, union members and professionals in communities across Maine. The program included a rigorous six-month training aimed at increasing the number of Maine women serving in state, local and county offices.
The keynote speaker was Libby Mitchell, who was Emerge Maine’s 2011 Woman of the Year.
In addition to the six women seeking statewide office the class includes Heidi Brooks, Lewiston; Nicole Brown, Fairfield; Lanette Bryant, Dixfield; Danielle Chrissman, Bradley; Robin Dayton, Old Orchard Beach; Delia Gorham, Randolph; Emma Halas-O’Connor, Portland; Isobel Moiles, Orono; Ashley Williams-Phaneuf, South Portland; Amanda Pike, Westbrook; Molly Quaid, Portland and Kimberly Sampson, Auburn.
“More than two dozen of our alums have been elected to office,” said Emerge Maine executive director Katie Mae Simpson. “We currently have six alumnae in the state legislature. With six more planning to run we’re excited about helping to establish a growing female presence at every level of office. The coming election cycle is critical for Democrats and we’re confident that our program has prepared these women to run strong and effective campaigns.”
With this graduating class Emerge Maine will have inspired, educated and prepared 106 Democratic women for public office.