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Applications are closed for the Emerge Maine Class of 2018. Please contribute now to sponsor one of our program members!

Are you a Democratic woman who wants to run for public office? Emerge Maine recruits, trains, and supports Democratic women to run for office - and win! 
Our Class of 2018 will train together, on weekends, for six months. Together, they will learn how to select the right race, form a campaign team, make a plan, reach voters, fundraise, and create a winning campaign message.
At the end of our program, participants have reported feeling ready to run for office. And, our 72% win rate on election night in 2016 proves they can WIN!
Here's some helpful information to consider:

  • Each year, Emerge Maine recruits and selects a class of twenty five self-identified, Democratic women from across the state of Maine who want to run for office at any level. 
  • Classes begin in September of 2017 and run through March of 2018. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. 

  • Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all self-identified women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or physical abilities.

  • Women who have a plan to run for any elected office are our top priority. Some political experience, even volunteering on a campaign, is a plus! 

  • Our application fee is $35 and our tuition is $750. Scholarships are available, thanks to our generous donors, because we would never want finances to be a barrier. Our cost to train each woman who completes our program is $3500. We invest in you! 

Before applying, please note that attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Typically, there will be a social networking event on the Saturday evening after class.
Below are the dates and locations for all training weekends. Please hold them in your calendar, in case you are accepted into the program! 
Weekend One: September 23rd & 24th in Portland
Weekend Two: October 14th in Orono
Weekend Three: November 18th & 19th in Lewiston
Weekend Four: December 9th in Augusta
Weekend Five: January 20th & 21st in Mid-Coast Region
Day at the State House: February 13th at the State House
Make up date in case of a snow day cancellation: February 15th at the State House
Weekend Six: February 24th in Portland
Make up date in case of a snow day cancellation: March 10th in Portland
Graduation Celebration: March 24th in Portland  
To apply, you must:
1) Complete the online application at this link, including two letters of recommendation. 
2) Pay the $35 application fee at this link.
IMPORTANT TIP: When filling out the application, please enter something in every field before saving. If you do not, your progress may not be saved!!

Application deadline has been extended to June 30th due to increased demand!
After our Program Committee reviews applications, we will select a group of women to interview. We will be in touch the week of June 26th to let you know if you'll be invited for an interview. 
Interviews will be in person, in Augusta, in July. 
If selected for the program, plan to attend all sessions and save the make up dates on your calendar.
Emerge Maine invests $3500 in each woman we train throughout our sixth month candidate training program. Tuition is $750. If selected for the program, we never want cost to be a barrier to participation.
To that end:
-We provide the opportunity to spread payments out throughout the length of the program by setting up a payment plan. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. 
-Participants are encouraged to consider fundraising to help cover the cost of their tuition. Asking friends, family members, colleagues or like minded political folks is a great way to raise smaller amounts of money that add up! 
-After consideration of the first two options, we invite participants to apply for a scholarship. We do not offer full scholarships. 
We look forward to seeing your name in our applicant pool and on the ballot! If you have any questions after carefully reading our guidelines and the application, please contact us at:


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