About Emerge

About Emerge Maryland

Our Mission: To increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network.

Our Vision: To change the face of power, politics, and leadership in this country in order to have policies that are responsive to all Americans.

Since our founding in 2012, we have trained 88 women to run for office. So far 28 women have run and we expect to have more than 30 alumnae to appear on ballots all across Maryland in 2018.

Emerge Maryland is changing the face of Maryland politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. Our intensive, cohort-based six-month training program is unique. As the number of elected Democratic women remains flat or even declines, the need for our work is growing.

In the 225 years since its statehood, Maryland has elected a total of 8 women to the U.S. House of Representatives, 1 woman to the U.S. Senate, and  no woman has ever served as Governor of Maryland.  Currently, about 31% of Maryland 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 Maryland is changing that!



Put Yourself On The Ballot

Learn about the Emerge program, how to apply and get connected to our Council of Allies

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