Emerge Kentucky Wins Big in 2019 Primary Election

  • May 22, 2019
  • Emerge Staff


May 22nd, 2019

Contact: Blair Haydon, Executive Director




Emerge Kentucky Wins Big in 2019 Primary Election

Louisville, KY: Emerge Kentucky had record-breaking success this Democratic primary as two alumnae won statewide races. Alumna Jacqueline Coleman (Class of 2011) won her primary race as Lieutenant Governor with gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear. This is the highest race won by an Emerge Kentucky alumna. Second, was Sheri Donahue (Class of 2019), who won her primary race for State Auditor. Both wins are Emerge “firsts.”

Founder and Board Chair of Emerge Kentucky Jennifer A. Moore is incredibly proud of the two alumnae. “These are the highest elected office wins for Emerge women thus far in the state of Kentucky,” said Moore. “We could not be prouder of their efforts and are excited for what’s to come in the General Election.”

As of this year, Emerge Kentucky has been in operation for an entire decade. Founded in 2009, the first class of 2010 trained Lexington Councilwoman Kathy Plomin, State Representative Attica Scott, and Barren County Attorney Kathryn Thomas, who was the first woman ever elected to that position in 2018.

“Each year we make leaps and bounds,” said Executive Director Blair Haydon. “However, we know that the work that Emerge does is for the long haul. The seeds that were planted in 2009 still have reverberations in the present. This is also true for the women who won their races yesterday.”

Celebration for Emerge Kentucky’s 10-Year Anniversary will be September 21st, 2019 from 5:30 PM-11:30 PM at the C2 Event Venue in Louisville, KY. https://www.facebook.com/events/403143960465107/

“There will be much to celebrate this fall,” said Moore. “Both our primary wins, the history of Emerge, and the progress to come.”

Emerge Kentucky is the premier candidate training program for Democratic women. We inspire women to run and we hone their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.