Application Process

Applications for the Emerge Maine Class of 2019 are now closed.

Please read through all of the information below in its entirety. It is important to have a complete understanding of the application process and training program before you apply.

We encourage you to begin your application well in advance of the closing date due to the detailed nature of the application.

Who Should Apply?

Emerge Maine seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership and are interested in running for elective office and who have:

  • Evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in the workplace or community;
  • Interest in running for political office;
  • Ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • Ability to articulate a personal political vision;
  • Commitment to full participation and the attendance requirements of the trainings.
  • Applicants must be women who are Democrats and who reside in the state of Maine.

Emerge Maine will select 20-25 women from across the state who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.

Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or physical ability. Our mission to build the bench of Democratic women ready to run for office acknowledges both systemic and historic barriers to running for office as well as the barriers women impose on themselves.

To be considered for the 2019 Emerge Maine training program, applicants must complete a written application by June 30, 2018. Written applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person interview in July 2018. Invitations to join the 2019 class will be extended in following the interview process.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Maine program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant. Over the six-month period, approximately 70 program hours are scheduled. Some time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation. While emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absence for any reason will result in a deferral to the following year. Please review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend every training day.


2019 Training Dates

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 16th, Portland


Emerge Maine will review completed written applications and select finalists for in-person interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee July 14-28 in Augusta and Portland.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $35 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application. The application fee can be paid here or by mail with a check payable to Emerge Maine.


Tuition for the program is $750. Payment plans are available and Emerge Maine will assist program members with fundraising their tuition if needed. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

The six-month program does take place in various parts of the state one Saturday each month, but travel and overnight accommodations may be necessary depending on your proximity to trainings. Emerge Maine will endeavor to assist with supporter housing when needed, but travel costs are not covered by the program.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Executive Director Sarah Woodard at Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.