The Emerge Kentucky 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, you are given specific opportunities to expand your political network. As an Emerge program member, you become a part of a supportive network which includes a state-wide and national network of Emerge alumnae and members of the Emerge Board and Advisory Board.
Participants meet 7 times out of a 6-month period and receive comprehensive training on the following topics:
Public Speaking & Communication
Media & Messaging
Labor & Endorsements
Technology & New Media
The success of the Emerge Kentucky 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 day labeled “Training.”
January 25th, Orientation, Louisville
January 26th, Session 1, Louisville
February 13th, Session 2, Frankfort
February 21st, Reception, Paducah
February 22nd, Session 3, Paducah
March 21st, Session 4, Lexington
April 18th, Session 5, Louisville
May 29th, Reception, Northern KY
May 30th, Session 6, Northern KY
June 27th, Session 7 and Graduation, Lexington
Emerge trainers are comprised of a premier team of campaign consultants, advisors, and staff from across the Bluegrass and affiliate states. Many of them have been involved in some of the most successful campaign and initiatives we have seen in recent election cycles. 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.
We need your participation to change the face of Kentucky politics. It does not matter if you are thinking of running for local school board or the U.S. Senate. We can help you get ready to run!