Apply to be part of Emerge Maine class of 2023!

Applications are now open for our Class of 2023! Sign up at the link below.

Our Program

The Emerge Maine training program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, six-month, 70-hour training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win. As a program member, you will be exposed to a variety of campaign and election experts. You will meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office. Through Emerge Maine, you are given specific opportunities to expand your political network. As an Emerge Maine program member, you become a part of a supportive network which includes a national network of Emerge alumnae, Emerge Maine board and advisory council members.

2023 Dates


Virtual Orientation, TBD

January 21st & 22nd (Saturday/Sunday, 8:00 am – 12:00) 

February 18th & 19th (Saturday/Sunday, 8:00 – 12:00)

March 11th & 12th (Saturday/Sunday, 8:00 – 12:00)

April 8th & 9th (Saturday/Sunday, 8:00 – 12:00)

{In-Person State House Day, Details TBD}

May 6th & 7th (Saturday/Sunday 8:00 – 12:00)

June 10th Saturday ONLY: Presentations

June 17th: Graduation

Our Curriculum

The full cohort meets either virtually or in-person monthly for six months and receives comprehensive training on the following topics:

  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Fundraising
  • Media and Messaging
  • Networking
  • Campaign Strategy
  • Field Operations
  • Labor and Endorsements
  • Technology and New Media
  • Cultural Competency
  • Ethical Leadership

In addition to monthly training segments, Emerge expects some out-of-program group work and critical skills-building project work done alongside your cohort. Emerge provides virtual office hours, mentorships, and individualized support to get you through the fundraising and campaign planning objectives.



The cost of our program is $750 – but we encourage all participants to follow our grassroots fundraising program, training, and templates to fundraise that amount instead of paying tuition. Participants will receive full support in meeting their $750 fundraising goal in the first 2 months of training.



Want to chat with Emerge before deciding to apply? Email to sign up for an info session.