Emerge California Alums See Unprecedented Wins in 2022 General Election

  • Nov 16, 2022
  • Melanie V. Ramil, Executive Director of Emerge California

November 16, 2022

CONTACT: Melanie V. Ramil
510.221.6423, contact@emergeca.org

Emerge California Alums See Unprecedented Wins in 2022 General Election

Oakland, CA — Emerge California, the state’s premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, delivered big wins up and down the ballot in last week’s election. The organization had 122 alums on the ballot, and out of the 61 races that have been called, 41 alums won their elections – a 67% win rate.

Already, Emerge California alums have seen unprecedented victories. Notable alum wins so far include Eleni Kounalakis, California’s first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor, and Malia Cohen, who will serve as California’s first Black State Controller. Wins also include four alums – a new record – being elected to the state legislature, and our first ever alum elected to the Los Angeles City Council. Their victories highlight the growing influence that women are making in elected office and Emerge California’s new level of success after 20 years.

This election will provide fresh perspectives for many of our offices and institutions. 25 alums who have won so far are members of the New American Majority – Black, Brown and Indigenous women and women of color, as well as LGBTQ+, young, and unmarried women. Eight were first time candidates and three flipped the seat from red to blue. These women will change the face of power and bring their life experiences, passion, and resolve to rebuild and fight for a just and equitable California.

“Emerge California alums were a dominant force on the General Election ballot, and we are thrilled that so many of them have been elected to office,” said Melanie V. Ramil, Executive Director of Emerge California. “After 20 years, we’re seeing a level of success that we’ve never seen before at Emerge California, with many of our trailblazing alums now serving at the highest levels of elected office in California. These women are exceptional leaders with backgrounds, experiences, and identities that represent the unique diversity of our state. As they did on the campaign trail, these leaders will transform our political structures, provide new voices for traditionally underrepresented communities, and demonstrate the importance of women in leadership.”

Emerge California alums with confirmed victories so far are:

  • Eleni Kounalakis — Lieutenant Governor (re-election)
  • California State Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen — State Controller
  • Dawn Addis — State Assembly, District 30
  • Lori Wilson — State Assembly, District 11 (re-election)
  • Mia Bonta — State Assembly, District 18 (re-election)
  • Rebecca Bauer-Kahan — State Assembly, District 16 (re-election)
  • Catherine Stefani — City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 2 (re-election)
  • Alma Hernandez — Mayor, Suisun City
  • Erica A. Stewart — Mayor, City of San Luis Obispo (re-election)
  • Helen Tran — Mayor, City of San Bernardino
  • Jenny Wong — Berkeley City Auditor (re-election)
  • Melissa Hernandez Strah — Mayor, City of Dublin (re-election)
  • Anna Chouteau — St. Helena City Council (re-election)
  • Carolyn Wysinger — El Cerrito City Council
  • Cheylynda Barnard — Moreno Valley City Council, District 4
  • Agoura Hills Mayor Deborah Klein Lopez — Agoura Hills City Council (re-election)
  • Doriss Panduro — Fairfield City Council, District 5 (re-election)
  • Ellen Kamei — Mountain View City Council (re-election)
  • Emily Francis — San Luis Obispo City Council
  • Gina Latimerlo — Belmont City Council
  • Jennifer Stark — Claremont City Council, District 3 (re-election)
  • Jocelyn Yow — Eastvale City Council, District 4 (re-election)
  • Katy Young Yaroslavsky — Los Angeles City Council, District 5
  • Marisol Rubio — San Ramon City Council, District 4
  • Michelle Shoresman — San Luis Obispo City Council (re-election)
  • Monica Wilson — Antioch City Council, District 4 (re-election)
  • Neysa Fligor — Los Altos City Council (re-election)
  • Dr. Priya Bhat-Patel — Carlsbad City Council, District 3 (re-election)
  • April Oquenda — Hayward Unified School Board (re-election)
  • Cherise Khaund — Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board, Area 4
  • Cindy Wu — Mountain View School District Board of Education (re-election)
  • Dana Dean — Solano County Board of Education Trustee, Area 3 (re-election)
  • Destiny Briscoe — Pittsburg Unified School District Board of Trustees
  • Diana Conti — Marin Community College Board Trustee, Area 6 (re-election)
  • Heidi Hernandez Gatty — Walnut Creek School District Governing Board (re-election)
  • Patrice Marshall McKenzie — Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education, District 5
  • Sarah Butler — Contra Costa County Board of Education, Trustee Area 2 (re-election)
  • Sheweet Yohannes — Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees, Area 7
  • Andrea Beth Damsky — Helix Water District Board of Directors, Division 2
  • Cristine Soto DeBerry — Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors
  • Heidi Sanborn — Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors, Ward 7 (re-election)

Emerge California has a proven track record of getting Democratic women elected. Since the organization launched in 2002, the program has trained more than 800 women to run for office. 187 alums currently serve in elected office, with 11 more to be sworn in following this November’s election. They include Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis; State Controller-Elect Malia Cohen; State Assemblymembers Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Mia Bonta, Lori Wilson, and Dawn Addis (elect); San Francisco Mayor London Breed; Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf; Los Angeles City Councilmember-elect Katy Young Yaroslovsky; and San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Emerge California Executive Director Melanie V. Ramil to discuss the outcome of the November midterm election, the trends that led to the results, and the success women found in their races. please call 510.221.6423‬ or email contact@emergeca.org.