News Articles

Aug 21 2015

By Saul Hubbard, August 22, 2015

Two Lane County Democrats are preparing to run in House District 14, if, as expected, incumbent Democratic state Rep. Val Hoyle enters the race for Oregon secretary of state.

Julie Fahey, a former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Lane County, and James Manning, a commissioner for the Eugene Water & Electric Board, both confirmed they plan to run, should Hoyle not seek re-election.

Aug 18 2015

By Saudra Sorenson, August 19, 2015

Thirteen candidates have thrown their hat in the ring — including planning commissioners, budget committee members and others with a long list of public and private involvement — to fill the City Council seat vacated by Karen Bowerman.

Bowerman formally resigned in a letter to Mayor Kent Studebaker on July 13. She will officially leave office on Aug. 31, before the council returns from its month-long hiatus. She was elected in 2012 to serve through Dec. 31, 2016.

May 25 2015
National Journal

They’re hoping she will convince female candidates to put their names on the ballot—and help them win elections once they get there.

Feb 8 2015

Studies show that men decide to run for office, while women more often wait to be asked to run. Many groups have worked to change that dynamic.

Feb 1 2015

It took Emerge Oregon and the support of other women for Hoyle to learn to ask, "Why not me?" she said.

Nov 14 2012

As a candidate for public office, Jessica Vega Pederson already had a compelling life story. She was raised in a Mexican-American family in Chicago, where her mother was politically active and Pederson got involved in Latino issues.

Now a project manager for a tech company, Pederson spent this year running for the Legislature in East Portland—and a victory she said would make her the first Latina elected to the Oregon House.

Nov 6 2012

By Erica Heartquist

With all the election talk, did you know Monday marks an important anniversary in Oregon?

One hundred years ago on November 5, 1912 Oregon became the seventh state in the union to give women the right to vote.

Since then, Oregon voters have elected female governor, Barbara Roberts.

Oregon women have served as judges. They've gone to the United States House and the United States Senate. They havebeen elected mayor. Oregon women have climbed Mount Everest and they have orbited the earth.

Blog Posts

Dec 31 2016

Since 2009, Emerge Oregon has been building for a year like 2016. We had a record number of alumnae run, a record number win – and we hit several milestones along the way:

Dec 6 2016

Next month we begin our education and training program – the official start of our annual investment in future women leaders in Oregon.

It follows a year of unprecedented demand for our program. 110 women started the application process, 62 were interviewed and because the decision was so tough and the women so inspiring, we’ve decided to run two programs in 2017.

Nov 13 2016

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: 

Jul 20 2016

Emerge Oregon will be in Bend on Friday, July 29 to talk about what Democratic women can do starting right NOW to position themselves for elected office.

Please forward this email to the Democratic women you know in central Oregon!

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