We are with you. Election night was tough, to put it mildly. And of course it's not what any of us wanted.
But here in Oregon there is much to celebrate. Emerge Oregon women won BIG!
Of the 19 Emerge women on the November ballot 17 of them won - that's a win rate of 89%!!!
In addition, this year we experienced many "firsts" for our organization:
- Our first mayor - Lucy Vinis, the mayor-elect of Eugene
- Our first state senator - Kathleen Taylor, Senate District 21
- Our first county commissioners - Jessica Vega Pederson (elected in May) and Sharon Meieran both will serve on the Multnomah County Commission
- Our first city councilors elected in Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City and The Dalles
- And also our first women elected to tribal council (September) - Kathleen George, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
This is incredible success - and we are working hard to see that it only grows from here.
For our class of 2017, 110 women started applications - and we will interview 62 of them in the coming weeks.
Clearly, the hunger to run and the demand for our training is at an all time high - and that is great news!
Please join us in our movement and give today. Let's continue to build the pipeline of women ready to serve in elected office.
And join me in celebrating the women listed below who worked hard and won this November:
Kathleen Taylor, State Senate, District 21
Jennifer Williamson, State House, District 36, Majority Leader
Alissa Keny-Guyer, State House, District 46
Ann Lininger, State House, District 38
Teresa Alonso Leon, State House, District 22
Karin Power, State House, District 41
Sheri Malstrom, State House, District 27
Julie Fahey, State House, District 14
Lucy Vinis, Mayor of Eugene
Dr. Sharon Meieran, Multnomah County Commission
Angelene Falconer, Milwaukie City Council
Theresa Kohlhoff, Lake Oswego City Council
Darcy Long-Curtiss, The Dalles City Council
Renate Mengelberg, Oregon City City Council
Sheri Moore, Springfield City Council
Claire Syrett, Eugene City Council
Joelle Davis, Tualatin City Council