HILLSIDE, NJ— On Dec. 5 it was announced that Emerge NJ’s 2016 alumni, Dahlia Vertreese won her election to become Mayor of Hillside in Union County.

Vertreese’s labor street push helped her win against her rival, attorney Jorge Batista in the runoff election. Vertreese said, “I am a labor organizer and often deal with conflict, fear and uncertainty. No matter the disagreement, we have to respect each other and leave issues on the table.”

Dahlia Vertreese completed Emerge NJ’s political training program in 2016 where she learned the crucial components of running for office. The six-month training platform focuses on breaking down the barriers to entry into the political scene. Emerge levels the playing field by de-mystifying the process of engagement and connecting women to the knowledge, resources and networking needed to win office.

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To date, more than 50 women have successfully completed the Emerge New Jersey political training program. Many have gone on to run and win elected office in New Jersey including Essex County Freeholder Board President Britnee Timberlake, Madison Borough Councilwoman Maureen Byrne and Neptune Township Councilwoman Carol Rizzo.

Emerge NJ is a non-profit organization whose mission since 2012 is to build a bench of successful women to run for office in New Jersey. Our program just completed the process of accepting our 2018 spring training class.

For more information on our training program or donating to Emerge NJ please go to https://emergenj.ngpvanhost.com/contribute or email Truscha@EmergeNJ.org.