49 Emerge Vermont Alums on the Ballot in 2022

  • May 31, 2022
  • Elaine Haney

Emerge Vermont, the state’s premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, saw 49 alums officially file to run following Vermont’s qualifying day on May 26th. The primary election will be held on August 9th with the general election being held on November 8th. These candidates represent the unique diversity of Vermont, coming from the different communities, backgrounds, and identities that make up the state. In fact, 39% of alums on the ballot are members of the New American Majority: Black, Brown and Indigenous women and women of color, as well as LGBTQ+, young, and unmarried women. 

“Emerge Vermont alums have a long history of success on the ballot and we are excited for the 49 Emerge women who are looking to continue that trend this year,” said Elaine Haney, executive director of Emerge Vermont. “These women are political activists, organizers, and community leaders with backgrounds, experiences, and identities from communities across the state. Their presence on the campaign trail will provide new representation and show the power Democratic women have in elections. We look forward to seeing their success on the ballot this August and their continued impact all across Vermont.”

The Emerge Vermont alums who declared their candidacy are:

Candidate Office  District Emerge Class
Alyssa Black* State Representative Chittenden-24 2020
Angela Lawrence High Bailiff Windham County 2022
Anna Tadio^ State Senator Rutland County 2022
Anne Watson^ State Senator Washington County 2017
Becca Balint^ U.S. Representative 2014
Becca White^ State Senator Windham 2016
Brenda Churchill^ State Representative Franklin-6 2018
Brenda Siegel Governor 2022
Carol Ode* State Representative Chittenden-18 2015
Charity Clark Attorney General 2022
Christina Deeley State Representative Chittenden-4 2020
Daisy Berbeco State Representative Chittenden-21 2022
Dawn Ellis State Senator Chittenden-Central 2014
Emilie Kornheiser* State Representative Windham-7 2018
Emilie Krasnow State Representative Chittenden-9 2022
Gabrielle Stebbins* State Representative Chittenden-13 2020
Jana Brown* State Representative Chittenden-1 2018
Jessica Brumsted* State Representative Chittenden-7 2016
Jill Krowinski* State Representative Chittenden-16 Former ED
Julia Andrews State Representative Chittenden-25 2022
Karen Dolan* State Representative Chittenden-22 2020
Kari Dolan* State Representative Washington-2 2018
Kate Donnally* State Representative Lamoille-2 2020
Kate Lalley^ State Representative Chittenden-6 2020
Katherine Sims* State Representative Orleans-4 2016
Kathleen James* State Representative Bennington-4 2018
Kathryn Nugent State Representative Chittenden-10 2021
Kelsey Root-Winchester State Representative Orange-Caledonia 2020
Kesha Ram Hinsdale* State Senator Chittenden-SE Co-founder
Lauren Dees-Erickson State Representative Franklin-8 2022
Leslie Goldman* State Representative Windham-3 2020
Madeline Motta* Assistant Judge Lamoille County 2014
Mari Cordes* State Representative Addison-4 2018
Martine Gulick^ State Senator Chittenden-Central 2018
Melissa Battah State Representative Washington-Orleans 2020
Michelle Bos-Lun* State Representative Windham-3 2020
Molly Gray^ U.S. Representative 2020
Monique Priestley State Representative Orange-2 2022
Niki Thran U.S. Senator 2019
Pam McCarthy State Senator Franklin County 2014
Rey Garofano* State Representative Chittenden-23 2022
Ruth Hardy* State Senator Addison County Former ED
Sara Coffey* State Representative Windham-1 2018
Sarah Copeland Hanzas^ Secretary of State 2022
Sarah George* State’s Attorney Chittenden County 2018
Sarita Austin* State Representative Chittenden-19 2018
Saudia LaMont State Representative Lamoille-Washington 2022
Stephanie Jerome* State Representative Rutland-9 2020
Tiff Bluemle* State Representative Chittenden-13 2020
*Incumbent    ^Currently in elected office

Emerge Vermont has a proven track record for getting Democratic women elected. Since the organization launched in 2013, the program has equipped 174 women with the skills needed to bring change to their communities. 54% of alums have gone on to run for political office or been appointed to local boards or commissions, and of those who have gone on to run for an elected position, 39% have won, including Lt. Governor Molly Gray, Senate Pro Tem Becca Balint, and Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski. 

Nationally, Emerge has trained more than 5,000 alums since 2002 and currently has more than 1,000 alums in elected office across the country. The organization is committed to reaching 100,000 women of the New American Majority over the next 15 years, fostering a lift as you climb culture for women in politics, and repowering political structures. There are currently 27 state affiliates, and the organization has impacted a total of 45 states, Washington, D.C. and territories. Emerge is committed to reaching 100,000 women of the New American Majority, repowering political structures, and fostering a lift as you climb culture for women in politics during the next 15 years.