Our Premier Six-Month Candidate Training Program

Our Premier Six-Month Candidate Training Program
Andrea Dew Steele - (Founder of Emerge America), Majority Leader Erin Herbig (Emerge Maine Alumna), DA Maeghan Maloney (Emerge Maine Board Member & Alumna), Speaker Sara Gideon (Emerge Maine Alumna), Sarah Woodard (Executive Director & Emerge Maine Alumna)


If you are interested in learning more about our training program or running for office in general, we'd love talk with you. Please contact Sarah Woodard at sarah@emergemaine.org.

Here's some helpful information to consider about our program:

  • 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 and run through February. Attendance 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. Our cost to train each woman who completes our program is $3500. We invest in you! 

Training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. There will be a networking "social" the Saturday on a few training weekends. 

Our Class of 2019 Program Schedule:

 Weekend One: September 8th & 9th, Portland (social)

 Weekend Two: October 13th, Orono (social)

 Weekend Three: November 17th & 18th, Lewiston (social)

 Weekend Four: December 15th, Augusta

 Weekend Five: January 12th & 13th, Brunswick (social)

 Day at the State House: February 5th Day at the State House, Augusta (social)

 Make up date in case of a snow day cancellation: February 7th, State House, Augusta

 Weekend Six: February 9th, Last Day of Training, Portland

 Make up date in case of a snow day cancellation: March 2nd, Portland

 Graduation Celebration: March 9th, Portland

To apply, you must:

 1) Complete the online application: (deadline Saturday, June 30th, 2018 for Class of 2019), including two letters of recommendation. (No deadline exceptions this year due to volume of interest.)

 2) Pay the $35 application fee. 

After our Program Committee reviews applications in the first two weeks in July, we will select a group of women to interview.  

Interviews will be in person July 14-28, 2018 in Augusta and Portland. If selected, you'll be contacted to schedule your interview. 

If selected for the program, plan to attend all sessions and save the make up dates on your calendar. If you cannot commit to making all classes, please make room this year for someone who can. Thank you for understanding. 

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! We can advise you how to do this and its a great first step in your training. Many Emerge Maine have had terrific success with this!

-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: sarah@emergemaine.org.

Thank you for interest in Emerge Maine. 



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