Three Emerge Maine Alumnae set their sights on Lewiston City Council

Isobel Moiles, Kristine Kittridge are running to join Councilor Kristen Cloutier on the council this Fall

Lewiston--Three Emerge Maine alumnae are setting their sights on winning seats on the Lewiston City Council this fall. Current Lewiston City Councilor Kristen Cloutier, and first-time candidate Kristine Kittridge are graduates of the Emerge Maine class of 2015. Alumna Isobel Moiles, class of 2012, is also running for Lewiston City Council and if elected, will serve her first term.


"My participation in the Emerge Maine program taught me to listen to the concerns of those I was elected to represent in a more thoughtful and empathetic way, and to voice those concerns with clarity and determination,” said Cloutier. “I have always felt passionate about the needs of my community, but Emerge has helped me to focus that passion on behalf of my constituents.  I am thrilled to share this experience with Isobel and Kristine as they run to join me on the council.”


Cloutier, Kittridge and Moiles are running positive campaigns and using the skills, training and experience they received from Emerge Maine, the state’s premier political training program that recruits Maine Democratic women to run for office each year. Previous graduates and founders of the program include Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Sara Gideon, U.S Senate candidate Shenna Bellows and former House Minority Leader and candidate for Congress, Emily Cain.


“I’m running because I care deeply about Lewiston and see opportunities to provide new ideas and energy to the City Council,” said Kittridge.


The 155 alumnae in the Emerge Maine network span the entire state, with over 30 currently holding elected office at every level and 11 currently serving in the Maine State House. If Moiles and Kittridge are successful in their races, it would be the first time Emerge Maine would have three alumnae serving on the same council.


“When the opportunity to run for Lewiston City Council arose, it was knowing that I had a vast network of support from Emerge Maine that gave me the boost of confidence I needed to decide to run,” said Moiles. “Emerge not only trained me in the nuts and bolts of running a campaign, but it also connected me with many amazing Maine women who have my back and want to help me succeed.”


“Emerge Maine seeks to change the face of Maine politics by inspiring and preparing more Democratic women to run for office and win,” said Executive Director Jill Barkley. “With 11 of our alumnae serving in the Maine State House, we’ve been very successful at winning legislative races, but our goal is to train women to run for office at every level. Having three alumnae serve on the city council for one of Maine’s largest cities would be a huge marker of success for our program and have a positive impact on the city of Lewiston.”


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