News Articles

Sep 29 2017

 Hala Ayala, a Democrat vying to represent Prince William County in the state legislature, heard the usual gripes when she approached Susan Frederick outside the voter’s tidy suburban townhouse: low teacher pay, congested commutes to federal jobs.

Then their chat turned intense.

Blog Posts

May 9 2014

Sheila Olem won re-election to the Herndon Town Council on May 6th, 2014.  Sheila is a member of the 2014 inaugural class of Emerge Virginia, and was first elected to Herndon Town Council in 2010.    


About Sheila

Sheila was elected to the Herndon Town Council in 2012 & 2010 and immediately set about focusing on economic development, fiscal responsibility, government transparency, and improving local amenities.

Jan 27 2014

"Your candidacy begins today."

These are the words that welcome each woman as she begins her Emerge training.  On February 22, twenty-one women from across Virginia begin their journey towards candidacy. 

We’re excited to have a highly qualified group that includes 2 current local office holders, 3 former legislative candidates in competitive races, women entrepreneurs, young leaders, community innovators, and members of our armed forces in our inaugural class.

Nov 22 2013

The Emerge Virginia Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Atima Omara, Arlington resident and recently elected President of The Young Democrats of America, to the board.

Press Releases

Feb 9 2018

Emerge Virginia is pleased to introduce you to the 29 Democratic women in the 2018 cohort of Emerge Virginia


Latoya Asia, Arlington * Rebecca Caffrey, Virginia Beach * Joyce Davis, Henrico

Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, Arlington * Laura Galante, Great Falls * Alyia Gaskins, Alexandria

May 16 2017

The Emerge Network has been chosen as one of the first five organizations supported by Hillary's new political organization, Onward Together! 

Onward Together is supporting a select group of organizations committed to resisting Donald Trump's agenda and Hillary knows that here at Emerge Virginia, we are recruiting and training the resistance to run for office and win.

Jul 19 2016

Tuesday, July 19 - On Saturday, July 16th, 19 women from across Virginia graduated from the Emerge Virginia training program that prepares Democratic women to run for office.  Afterwards, the graduates and supporters from across Virginia celebrated the graduation with an event at the home of Laura and Mark Herring.  

Emerge Virginia has been training Democratic women for just three years.  In that time, 75 women have been trained; 24 have ran for office and 10 have won.  two were recently appointed to public bodies; Lynchburg School Board and Norfolk City Council.  The alumnae hail from every corner of Virginia and 54% of the alumnae are women of color.

Jan 19 2015

On January 17, the 2015 class of Emerge Virginia began with a dynamic and diverse group of 24 women from all across the Commonwealth.

Program members for 2015 were:

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