Signature Program

Six-months and 70-hours of training that gives women all the skills they need to run and win.

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.

2022 Dates

January 22-23 In person, Location TBD

February 5-6 Virtual

March 5-6 – In Person, Location TBD

April 9-10 Virtual

Date TBD: Day At The State House in Augusta

May 21-22 Virtual

June 1-10th – Pre-Scheduled Virtual Campaign Presentations

June 10th Graduation – Hybrid Virtual with an optional in-person gathering 

Our Curriculum

Participants meet virtually one weekend a month for six months and receive 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

Who Trains?

Emerge Maine trainers are comprised of a premiere team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from across the state and some national trainers. Most of our trainers have been involved in Maine politics, state party leaders, past candidates and/or run political consulting firms. They come from backgrounds that span over fundraising, direct mail, field strategy, communications, press management and campaign messaging. They have won races from the city council to the governor’s mansion.

It’s time to step Up!

We need your participation to start a revolution! We’re looking for women who are engaged in their communities and want to effect change in Maine. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of running for local school board or the U.S. Senate. We can help you get ready to run!

Click here to access the application