To increase the number of Democratic women from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network.
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.
For the 2018 Midterm Election, 27 Emerge KY women won their races with a number of “firsts,” including:
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.