Signature Program

Over 70 hours of training to give women the skills they need to run and win.

Our Program

The Emerge Vermont training program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, 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 Vermont program member, you become a part of a supportive network which includes a national network of Emerge alums and Emerge cabinet and advisory council members.

Our Curriculum

Our hybrid program combines some weekends with shorter, online programming. Participants receive comprehensive training that includes the following topics:

Public Speaking & Message Development
Creating a Field Plan & Building a Team
Campaign Budgeting & Compliance
Equity & Justice in Campaigns

Voter Contact
Ethical Leadership



Emerge trainers are a premiere team of campaign consultants, current and former elected officials, advisors, and staff from Vermont and all over the country. Many have been involved in exciting Democratic campaigns and initiatives  in recent election cycles. They are experts in fundraising, direct mail, field strategy, communications, press management, and campaign messaging. They have helped win races from city council to the Governor’s office to Congress.

The application for the Class of 2024 is now closed. If you have questions or just want to talk about the training, feel free to contact Elaine Haney at or schedule a virtual appointment.

Application Process

It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of running for local school board or the U.S. Senate. We can help you get ready to run!