The theme of the 2019 fundraiser was momentum, something the organization seems to have. Since 2012, Emerge Maryland has trained more than 100 women to run for public office. Last November, 19 of 25 Emerge Maryland alumnae won their races; 11 Emerge women were elected to the General Assembly – with a 12th on the way, in Annapolis Alderwoman Shaneka Henson, who has been nominated to fill the vacancy left in the House of Delegates after the death of the late Speaker Michael E. Busch (D).

It was lost on no one at the event that Busch has been succeeded by two black women – Jones at the rostrum and Henson in the district.

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