Twenty-three women from across the state have been selected as members of Emerge Tennessee’s 2019 cohort, its third training class. Emerge Tennessee is considered an essential step for Democratic women who want to run for public office in the state. It is the only in-depth, six- month training program that provides Democratic women with 70 hours of comprehensive knowledge they need to achieve their political aspirations. Emerge Tennessee training sessions are held one weekend a month in an alternating Tennessee city. The upcoming class will begin on November 10, 2018 in Chattanooga and graduate mid-March in Nashville.
Lorean Mays was named to the class. A native of Chattanooga, Ms. Mays is a National Health (Heart/Stroke/Cancer) and Education Advocate. With over 15 years of work in education and politics she is committed to ensuring a better life is accessible to all Tennesseans. Currently employed by Ledic Realty Company, she serves as the service coordinator for properties located in Chattanooga. Ms. Mays currently serves on boards for several non-profit organizations. She holds memberships in National Council of Negro Women, Order of Eastern Star (Prince Hall Affiliated), National Black Nurses, and many others.
Nationally, the Emerge America network has a primary win-rate of 72 percent and a general election win-rate of 80 percent this year. More than 500 alumnae are currently serving in elected or appointed office.
“Democratic women across Tennessee are now, more than ever, eager to serve their communities, state and country,” said Kristal Knight, Executive Director of Emerge Tennessee. “Emerge Tennessee is proud to equip these aspiring public servants with the information and skills to run an effective campaign for public office. More Democratic women on the ballot and serving our communities will benefit all Tennesseans.”
In Emerge Tennessee’s two years in operation, the organization has trained 63 women, 35 candidates have appeared on the ballot and 14 women currently serve in elected or appointed office.
Democratic women from across Tennessee are running campaigns and winning elections after their Emerge Tennessee experience. Dr. Jodi Jones, an Emerge Tennessee 2017 alumnae, was the first Democrat ever elected to Washington County Commission. State Senator-elect Katrina Robinson (Memphis) is a 2018 graduate of the program along with Amanda Moore, a 2018 Bootcamp alumnae who is currently serving as a Murfreesboro At Large School Board Member.