Congratulates to our 2021 Signature Program Graduates

  • Jun 7, 2021
  • Ashley McCurry

Emerge Maine, the premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for local, state, and federal office, has twenty-four women graduating from its Signature Program. Program members received in-depth instruction from expert trainers in campaign strategy, communications, fundraising, field organizing, and leadership.

These 24 graduates will join a national network of over 4,000 Emerge alumnae in fourteen states.

“This year’s class is special. The women in this class took the uncertainties of last year, the feelings of frustration, the stress, and turned it into action. We applied to Emerge looking to learn the skills and gain the knowledge that would enable us to pursue our political goals, and Emerge answered our call. Through Emerge we gain a new community, a supporting network of women who have a shared experience and a desire to step up and do more.  I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve made friends for life in this group.” -Rebecca Jauch, of Topsham, Class of 2021 Graduation Speaker

Two of these students ran for and won seats during the program- Chris Marden, of Sidney, won a seat on School Board. Jane Pentheny, of Poland, was elected to Select Board.

Two other students are running in elections this month- Lisa Pratt, for Kennebunk Select Board, and Krista Chappell for Gray Town Council.

Many others are planning to run in 2022. All of these women are already community leaders and we are so excited to see where they go next.

Graduation will be held on Sunday, June 13th, at 1pm. Guest speakers include Governor Janet Mills and Secretary of State Shenna Bellows.

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  • Chris Bicknell Marden, Sidney
  • Melissa Caminiti, Hallowell
  • Kristen Card, Hampden
  • April Caricchio, South Portland
  • Krista Chappell, Gray
  • Darcy Cooke, Bangor
  • Amy Dieterich, Auburn
  • Natalie DiPentino, Enfield
  • Marie Follayttar, South Portland
  • Melissa Hinerman, Machiasport
  • Mary Holland-Buckelew, Gorham
  • Rebecca Jauch, Topsham
  • Patricia Kidder, Springvale
  • Katie MacDonald, Hallowell
  • Marina Mozak, Brunswick
  • Majlinda Mulla-Everett, Saco
  • Anne Nadzo, Biddeford
  • Jane Pentheny, Poland
  • Lisa Pratt, Kennebunk
  • Tasha Raymond, Norridgewock
  • Megan Smith, Milford
  • Abigail St. Valle, Augusta
  • Alex Warner, Wilton
  • Alyssa Wright, York