A news release announces the formation of a group to recruit and train Democratic women candidates.

Emerge Arkansas is an affiliate of Emerge America. Sarah Scanlon, a longtime political activist, has been hired as executive director. Gayatri Agnew, who lost a race for state representative in Bentonville last year, is chair of the Board of Directors.


The group will work with the Arkansas Democratic Party and Chair Michael John Gray welcomed the group, citing a history of successful Democratic women candidates over the years.

Scanlon said Emerge America has training programs in 24 other states. From the news release:


“Creating a more just and equitable society will be accomplished by a democracy and government that more closely reflects its citizens”, said Celeste Williams, Chair of the Benton County Democrats. “Emerge is a vital and integral organization that assists in the training of women who have been underrepresented in our government at all levels, and I am proud to be a supporter.”

The Emerge Arkansas Board of Directors includes Hana Maria Hatta, Gracie Ziegler, Jennifer Belt, Sanci Richardson, Lauren Schiller, Hayden Shamel, Allyson Clyburn, and Ashley Hurst. More information is available at its website.