History is Emerging. Right now. In Virginia.

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Women in Virginia saw the 2016 election as a call to action. They decided to run for office. And this year they ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in record numbers.  

  • 51 women ran for the Virginia House of Delegates.
  • 43 are Democrats.
  • 18 were trained by Emerge. 
11 Emerge alumnae won their races for the Virginia House of Delegates!

They include, the first Latinas, one of the first Asian American woman and the first out lesbian in the House of Delegates and the first out transgender woman elected to any state legislature!

Emerge Virginia Alumnae Who Ran for the House of Delegates


bolded names won their races

HD02 Jennifer Carroll Foy  

HD10 Wendy Gooditis   

HD13 Danica Roem  

HD23 Natalie Short 

HD31 Elizabeth Guzman  

HD33 Tia Walbridge

HD34 Hon. Kathleen Murphy*

HD42 Kathy Tran 

HD51 Hala Ayala  

HD56 Melissa Dart  

HD62 Sheila Bynum-Coleman 

HD66 Katie Sponsler   

HD67 Karrie Delaney 

HD68 Dawn Adams  

HD73 Debra Rodman  

HD86 Hon. Jennifer Boysko*

HD94 Hon. Shelly Simonds (in a recount)

HD96 Kelly DeLucia  

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