Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training organization for Democratic women in the state, is pleased to announce that after a rigorous application process, 20 women from throughout New Jersey were selected to participate in its third political training class “Politics 101 in New Jersey.”

The comprehensive training program beings this month and ends in June. The training includes sessions ranging in topic from public speaking to campaign strategy and fundraising. “Emerge makes a long-term investment in the women who take our program by developing their leadership skills, providing campaign training, and building a powerful network of Democratic women to help them run for – and win – elected office in New Jersey.” explains Emerge New Jersey’s Executive Director Truscha Quatrone. “This year’s class is diverse, dynamic and ready to make change like the classes of women who came before them. Our class this year is our largest to date, representative of almost half of the counties in the state.”

The 20 Democratic women in this year’s class are from Atlantic, Camden, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset, and Union counties. Each woman comes to Emerge with unique qualifications and after receiving their training, these women will go on to change the face of politics in their local communities and beyond. The women who were accepted into the 2016 program are the following:

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M. Isabel Alarcon, Hudson County
Marie Battist-Celestin, Cumberland County
Aerielle Belk, Camden County
Rebecca Cain, Morris County
Heather Champagne, Morris County
Colleen Curren, Camden County
M. Marthelle Guervil, Union County
Tomecca (Mecca) Keyes, Essex County
Emily Kullman, Morris County
Nidhi Makhija, Somerset County
Dana Murray, Essex County
Cristina Pinzon, Union County
Lorna Phillipson, Monmouth County
Damaris Ramirez, Middlesex County
Connie Sanchez, Union County
Maisha Scudder, Atlantic County
Stephanie Smith, Essex County
Bibi Taylor, Essex County
Dahlia Vertreese, Union County
Sharronda Wheeler, Essex County

Throughout the course of the program, the women are trained on how to effectively communicate their message and unique political views. “I plan to combine my experience with the Emerge New Jersey program to discover better ways to approach future campaigns. The Emerge New Jersey program will help improve my campaign strategy, enhance communications with the media and voters, and develop necessary field operations. I look forward to working along side the other candidates (and alumni) as we run and serve,” said Lorna Phillipson, a first-time Democratic candidate who campaigned during the 2015 election cycle and a member of Emerge New Jersey’s 2016 class.

Emerge New Jersey will formally introduce its news class at its upcoming 2016 Political Training Program Kickoff Event on Sunday, January 17th at the Mirage Banquet Hall in Edison, New Jersey. The kickoff event is from 5:30PM to 7:00PM and the cost to attend is $100.00 per person.

To join Emerge New Jersey in welcoming its new class, please purchase your ticket(s) and RSVP here: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/4813082922864084736