HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) - The increasing number of women participating in Kentucky politics is expected to grow over the next year as more graduate from a program that grooms them to hold public office.
Emerge Kentucky Director Elizabeth Sawyer told The Kentucky Enquirer that the initiative, which seeks Democratic candidates, expects to have more than 100 graduates from its program in time for the 2014 elections. Earlier this month, 22 finished the program, bringing the total number who have successfully completed it to 86.
The newspaper reports Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in the percentage of women serving in the state legislature, an increase from 2007 when it ranked 49th.
In addition to the Emerge program, the Kentucky chapter of the National Federation of Republican Women holds training classes every few years for potential candidates.