What We Do

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

What We Do

Emerge Kentucky is changing the face of politics by recruiting, training and providing a powerful network for Democratic women who want to run for office.

Why Women?

  • Studies have shown women in elected office overwhelmingly support and push forward democratic principles like equality and fairness.
  • When women hold public office they are more actively involved in a variety of gender-salient issue areas, including healthcare, the economy, education and the environment.
  • Women legislators are more responsive to constituents, value cooperation over hierarchical power and find ways to engineer solutions in situations where men have trouble finding common ground.

Our Mission

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

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

Over 50 Emerge Kentucky women are running for office November 2018

  • 21 running for General Assembly
  • 13 candidates for county-wide office including PVA, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, and County Judge Executive
  • 17 candidates for local office including Commonwealth and County attorney, mayor, city council, and school board
  • 22% are women of color
  • 37% are first-time candidates
  • 29% are teachers

Emerge America

Emerge Kentucky is a state affiliate of Emerge America, 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 America affiliates in 25 states — Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,  Connecticut, 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 America alumnae across the country.

Emerge Kentucky's Work Is Needed


Kentucky Women Trained


Currently Serving in Office


On 2018 Ballot


Win Rate in 2016