Kentucky State Senator, Julie Raque Adams

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“I tell my mom and dad all the time, I think that the biggest thing that helped me, um, kind of shape and figure out who I was, was the fact that I went to an all women’s high school and I went to an all women’s college. I loved having a single sex education because there was never a day in my educational life that I didn’t feel like I could do it,” she smiles. “I was always, I was very empowered through my education.”

Go to her full interview HERE


Mandy Helton is the Executive Director of Emerge Kentucky.  Mandy is a lifelong Democrat and a daughter of the Eastern Kentucky mountains; growing up in the capitol city of Frankfort, public service and campaign volunteering was a family affair. Mandy has an undergraduate degree in public relations from UNC-Chapel Hill and more than a decade of experience in nonprofit organizations, beginning as the chair of operations and publicity for a nonprofit benefitting the N.C. Children's Hospital.  Mandy brings to Emerge Kentucky nine years of experience in education advancement, focusing on alumni affairs, marketing and communications, and an award-winning annual fundraising campaign.  Mandy was awarded a fellowship to attend the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated cum laude with a Master's in Nonprofit Administration--the program's motto is: servant heart, business mind, greater impact.  

 Emily Spangler, youth advocate

Spangler is a high school junior, active Democrat, mental health advocate, political enthusiast and a giant ball of inspiration for the next generation. She was one of the first Raising Ms. President fans to reach out to us on Facebook and we’ve been friends ever since. She is wise beyond her years and may one day grow up to be our next president. 

Alexandra D. Curtis, former Student Body President at Syracuse University

Curtis is former Student Body President at Syracuse University. She's involved in pageants, debate, leadership programs like Running Start, and one day wants to run for office. Alexandra has a wealth of knowledge for being so young, her experiences will inspire you to run for office, get involved, and continue to push forward towards your goals and dreams.

Attica Scott, social activist, former city councilwoman

Attica Scott is an Adjunct Instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky and serves on Louisville Metro Council. She is committed to the leadership development of girls and young women as an advocate and mentor. She is a graduate of the first class of Emerge Kentucky, which prepares Democratic women to run for office.