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Emerge KY announces newest class

This is the 14th class of Dem women to go through the Emerge program.

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We are so excited to announce our 14th class of women who demonstrate our commitment to changing the face of Kentucky politics. This group of 23 women hail from across the state with representation from rural and urban/suburban communities.

"We are excited to have recruited such a diverse and dynamic group of women. Emerge Kentucky's Class of 2023 will join the nearly 300 alum of our program working to repower political structures across the state and create a Commonwealth where all families can thrive," explains Caitlin Blair, Chair, Emerge Kentucky Board of Directors.

The 23 women in the class represent 11 counties, with Kenton county having  significant representation in this year's class. Over half the class are members of the New American Majority (NAM) which includes Black, Brown, and Indigenous women and women of color, LGBTQ+, young, and unmarried women. Class members include educators, attorneys, social workers, community organizers, and policy experts, among other professions. Some of the class members will be running for public office this year.

The Emerge Kentucky Class of 2023

Almaria Baker, Jefferson County

Alex Berling, Kenton County

Angela Bowens, Jefferson County

Cutia Bacon Brown, Jefferson County

Michelle Cason, Fayette County

Sarah Criswell, Clark County

Kenyata Dean Bacon, Jefferson County

Ann Dickerson, Kenton County

Kate Dittmeier Holm, Jefferson County

Anne Gay Donworth, Fayette County

Tyesha Gordon, Kenton County

Leila Hunter, Madison County

Whitney Johns, Mercer County

Kelly Jones, Campbell County

Laura Kennedy, Anderson County

Tricia Lister, Jefferson County

Emily Logan, Jefferson County

Erin Marshall, Franklin County

Taylor McGovern-U'Sellis, Jefferson County

Kim Reeder, Franklin County

Cherlyn Smith, Hardin County

Melinda Townsend-Breslin, Jefferson County

Renee Wilson, Kenton County



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