What We Do

Are you a Democratic woman who wants to run for office? Let us help you!

Our Mission

To increase the number of Democratic women from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network.

What We Do

We offer the only in-depth, six-month, 70-hour training program that provides aspiring female leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system.

Our program’s trainers are comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors, and staff from across the state and nationally who have been involved in some of the most successful campaigns and initiatives seen in recent election cycles. Participants learn from these experts and develop practical knowledge in areas such as public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, voter contact, media and messaging and others. Candidates also meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office and become a part of a supportive network, which includes a state-wide and national association of Emerge alumnae, the Emerge board, and advisory council members.

Emerge Kentucky Quick Facts

For the 2018 Midterm Election, 27 Emerge KY women won their races with a number of “firsts,” including:

  • 7 state house races won, increasing the number of Emerge women in the General Assembly from 2 to 7, and flipping 2 seats from red to blue.
  • Nima Kulkarni will be the 1st Indian-American to serve in the General Assembly.
  • Beverly Chester-Burton will be the 1st African-American Mayor of Shively.
  • Kathryn Thomas is the 1st woman to be elected as Barren County Attorney.


Emerge Kentucky is a state affiliate of Emerge, which has trained more than 4,000 women to run for office since 2002. Emerge alumnae across the country have won more than 1,000 elections to date and hold office at every level of government. There are currently Emerge affiliates in 26 states — Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,  Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin with plans to expand to more soon. Women who graduate from Emerge Kentucky’s training program are plugged into both the state network of Emerge Kentucky alumnae, as well as the national network of Emerge alumnae across the country.

Emerge Kentucky's Work Is Needed


Kentucky Women Trained


Currently Serving in Office


2018 Midterm Election Wins


Emerge women in the KY State House