Meet Kathleen, Helen and Rose

Below is our second email to highlight our alumnae running for office this May. Here you can read about the first three.

And in case you missed it, check out this article written by Beth Slovic in Portland Monthly magazine: Oregon Is a Bastion of Lady Political Power - and Is Challenging the DC Frat House.

The piece features several Emerge women, including Andrea Paluso, Beaverton City Councilor Lacey Beaty, Representative Teresa Alonso-Leon, Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson and our executive director, Jillian Schoene


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Meet Kathleen Harder, Class 2016, first-time candidate running for Salem-Keizer School District Director, Zone 1.

Why are you running? 

As a young girl, I was an only child of a single mom who fled an abusive relationship. We had no resources and my mother worked long hours to provide for us, leaving me a floundering, lonely, latch-key kid. If it were not for the dedicated public school teachers who recognized potential in me, I am convinced I would never have had the confidence or ability to succeed. Thanks to them, I have had the privilege of being a physician for the past 25 years.
We face tremendous challenges in our school district: a persistent achievement gap, crowded and inequitable facilities, and a teaching staff that is tasked with doing so much more than teach. I am convinced that through strong leadership, innovation, and collaboration, we can work together as a community to address these issues and be sure that all students have the chance to achieve their potential. I believe passionately in the promise of a quality public education. Our students and community deserve nothing less.

What advice would you give another woman thinking about running for office?

A very strong, successful woman once told me there are three phases of life: the time that you learn who you are, the time that you practice being who you are, and the time that you build your legacy, based on who you are. Find your passion, be true to yourself, and make a difference!

Meet Helen Ying, Class of 2012. She is running for Multnomah Education Service District, At Large Position 2.

Why are you running?

Back in late February, community leaders began asking me to consider running for Multnomah Education Service District Position 2. Since the arrival of folks like Board Chair Stephen Marc Beaudoin and Superintendent Breyer, MESD has improved markedly from the days when it was rife with scandal. Nevertheless, so much work needs to be done still. 

MESD needs culturally inclusive programming, measurable goals and metrics like other districts in our county, and more people need to understand what MESD does and be involved in building its success. I have worked in public education in Oregon since 1979, 30 years in Multnomah County. Community leaders asked me to run because they know I have the experience, the skill set, and, most importantly, the passion for students to enable MESD to further its work. I am running because I want to connect the dots for MESD’s students and create links to success—just as I’ve done for other students over the years.

What advice would you give another woman thinking about running for office?

Surround yourself with a network of supportive and powerful women and men.  Get a strong campaign manager and build a team of connected and savvy volunteers. Join Emerge and seek help from the elected and those who have experience running campaigns. 

Meet Rose Wilde, Class of 2009. She is running for re-election to the Lane Education Service District, Position 3 in Lane County.

Why are you running?

I am running because I am excited to continue the great work we are doing both locally and at the state level to educate Oregon students.  In Lane County, our district has become a hub of collaboration: we work with the local school districts, early education programs, and our colleges and universities to ensure students enter Kindergarten ready to learn, and graduate prepared for meaningful work or entry into higher education. We have created new programs to provide safe and stable environments for students with complex needs and are also spearheading an effort to "grow our own" teachers so our students see someone who shares their background.  
The last four years have been rich with experiences that built my own learning and development as an educational leader, and I will approach the next four with confidence and experiences to translate even more of that learning into action to benefit all of our children.

What advice would you give another woman thinking about running for office?

The campaign starts TODAY, not the day you file for office or when your set up your PAC.  The success of your campaign depends upon your relationships built over years, not months. Keep good records of your contacts and cultivate connections with stakeholders connected to key organizations that could help (or hinder) your success.

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