Twenty-three women. A businesswomen, a lawyer, a farmer, one who grew up desegregating the schools in the south, a world traveler, a home birthing advocate, an advocate for children with disabilities, a public health expert, a future jailer, a Circuit Court Clerk, a daughter, a mother, an advocate for educational equality, two beauty pageant stars, an artist, a veteran, a singer, an equestrian, a teacher, a prosecutor. Hailing from east, west, north and south. All focused on a single goal: to serve this vast and diverse Commonwealth through public office.
This is the Emerge class of 2014.
Editor's Note: 20% of candidates on this year's ballot are women. Media and political experts are wondering why the influx. We'll let Gretchen Hunt's explain in her own words. Follow the jump for a list of class members.