FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2021
CONTACT: Elaine Haney
Emerge Vermont Accepting Applications for Class of 2022
Burlington, VT—Emerge Vermont, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, announced today that it will be accepting applications for its 2022 Signature Training Program. Applications will be accepted from August 23, 2021 to November 1, 2021 with the four-month program expected to begin on January 8, 2022. This year’s chosen group of political leaders will join an impressive sisterhood of past alumnae who come from diverse backgrounds and identities as we continue to work toward our goal of empowering women in the New American Majority.
“Emerge Vermont is excited to launch our application so we can train another class of powerful Democratic women from communities across Vermont,” said Elaine Haney, Executive Director of Emerge Vermont. “Now more than ever, Vermont needs women’s voices in our elected offices and political institutions up and down the ballot. Whether it’s school boards, town selectboards, in the Legislature, or in the halls of Congress, we’ve seen time and time again that when women lead, everyone wins. Emerge is proud of our part in empowering women and we can’t wait to continue this mission with our Class of 2022.”
Emerge Vermont’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted will receive 70 hours of in-depth education over four months that inspires them to run for office and gives them the tools to win. The program’s trainers are an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors, and staff from all over the country and 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 national association of Emerge alumnae serving at nearly every level of public office.
Emerge Vermont has a proven track record for getting Democratic women elected. Since the organization launched in 2013, the program so far has equipped 149 Vermont women with the skills needed to bring change to their communities. Over a third of the alumnae have gone on to run for political office or been appointed to local boards or commissions. Currently 44 alumnae serve in elected office throughout the state, 25 of whom serve in the Legislature or statewide office.
For more information, please visit https://vt.emergeamerica.org/application-process/.