Emerge Maine is changing the face of Maine politics by recruiting, training, and inspiring Democratic women to run for office. Our intensive, cohort-based six-month training program is unique. Emerge makes a long-term investment in Maine women candidates by building their leadership skills and providing extensive campaign training. As an organization, Emerge is committed to increasing the number of Democratic women in office, building a strong network of dedicated women leaders, and creating a pipeline of Maine Democratic candidates at all levels of government.
In the 192 years since its statehood, Maine has elected a total of three women to the U.S. House of Representatives, three women to the U.S. Senate, and no women as Governor of Maine. Currently, less than 30% of Maine State legislators are women.
A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is being left untapped. Too often, women do not see themselves running for office—they assume they aren’t experienced enough or they don’t know where to begin. Emerge Maine is changing that!
Emerge Maine is part of a national network currently working in 14 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.