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Emerge graduates 14th class – a photo diary

Graduations are a time for pictures and hugs – and we’ve got both in this story!

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Emerge Kentucky, the organization that trains Democratic women to run for office, celebrated the graduation of its 14th training class on Saturday, June 24th, at the headquarters of the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA).

Emerge has trained over 300 women since its founding in 2009. Many of those graduates have gone on to run for, and win, elective office, from the local level to the state legislature.

Our thanks to Del Ramey, photographer extraordinaire, for covering the event, and to Emerge for the invitation and the awesome work they do. On to the photos!

Candid Shots

They didn’t wait to cut the cake!
The Emerge Kentucky training was at the Jefferson County Teachers Association, JCTA. While JCTA is primarily a collective bargaining organization for public school teachers, there is inevitable interaction with politics and government. The wall signs are not randomly selected.
Graduates – and child – get front-row seating.

The Ceremony

Cutia Bacon Brown
Almaria Ozell Baker, Ed. D.
Alex Berling
Angela Bowens
Michelle Cason
Sarah Criswell
Kenyata Dean Bacon
Kate Dittmeier Holm
Tyesha J. Gordon
Leila Hunter
Whitney Z. Johns
Laura Kennedy
Tricia Frances Lister
Emily A. Logan
Erin Marshall
Taylor McGovern U'Sellis
Kim Reeder
Cherlyn Smith
Melinda Townsend-Breslin
Renee M. Wilson
Group Pic 1
Group Pic 2 (collage and crop)

After the Ceremony

Mmm - cake!
Even better – cake and wine!
Dr. Berg is herself an Emerge graduate, class of 2017.
The Elsmere/Kenton County, KY contingent is all smiles. Serena Owen, on left, is a Class of 2014 graduate and seems to have applied her training as she is a Councilwoman of Elsmere.

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Del Ramey

Dr. Del Ramey has a doctorate in electrical engineering, and is now the retired old guy with a camera who shows up at any happening that interests him. (Read the rest on the Contributors page.)