Emerge Louisiana

Emerge Louisiana

Emerge Louisiana
 launched in 2017 as the premier campaign-training program for Democratic women in the state. Emerge inspires women to run for public office, and hones their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in all levels of public office throughout the state. Emerge Louisiana is one of 23 other state affiliates that are part of the national organization, Emerge America.

Emerge Louisiana is Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Class!

 Emerge Louisiana’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted receive 70 hours of in-depth education over a six month period designed to give our women the confidence they need to run, as well as the tools to win. Emerge Louisiana trainers will be comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors, and staff located primarily in Louisiana, which provides our class members with a number of options when the time comes to hire their own campaign staff.

Class members will be trained using the Emerge America curriculum tailored by our local trainers to ensure our class members know what it takes to run and win in Louisiana.  Emerge Louisiana class members will receive extensive training in areas such as public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, voter contact, media/ messaging and much more.

From the pool of applicants, the Emerge Louisiana Board of Directors and the Executive Director will conduct an interview process designed to identify 25 women, who are serious about running for office in the near future.  Applicants must be registered Democrats and identify as a woman. Other than those two factors, there is no litmus test to be an Emerge Louisiana class member.  All ages, races, nationalities, religious affiliations, sexual orientation, physical abilities and marital status are encouraged to apply.

Most candidates agree that running for office can appear overwhelming. Emerge Louisiana will break down the process, and help you gain the confidence and skills you need to win.

Louisiana has a pool of highly qualified Democratic women that is being left untapped.  Too often, women do not see themselves running for office - they don’t think they have what it takes to win or they just do not know where to start.  Emerge Louisiana is here to recruit, train and support women running for office.  Why not YOU?  Let us help you be a force for change.

* Applicants must be a registered Democrat, identify as a woman and reside in Louisiana.

Application Process and Timeline:
Application fee: $35
You Can Pay Your Application Fee Here: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-5906890465649621248
Applications accepted: October 27th through November 18th at 11:59 p.m. CST
Applications reviewed: November 20th through November 29th
Invitations extended for in-person interviews: December 2nd
In-person interviews: December 11th through December 16th
Final selections for class of 2018 contacted: December 30th

Class of 2018 Training Schedule (Times and Locations TBD):

Session 1:  January 27, 2018
Session 2:  February 17 - 18, 2018
Session 3:  March 24  - 25, 2018
Session 4:  April 21 - 22, 2018
Session 5:  May 19 - 20, 2018
Session 6:  Graduation held in New Orleans on June 23, 2018

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $35 is required and must be submitted along with your completed application. You can make the payment online or mail a check or money order payable to Emerge Louisiana to P.O. Box 1365, Metairie, LA 70004.

Tuition for the Emerge Louisiana Program is $750.00.  Emerge Louisiana believes individual circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program. As a result, we are committed to working with accepted applicants to assist with fundraising for their tuition. Partial scholarship opportunities may also be available to those with a demonstrated financial need.

Travel to and from the training sessions will be a requirement of the program. Please note that travel expenses are not included in the program and must be covered by program members (hotel, airfare, mileage, toll, taxis, shuttles, etc.). Emerge Louisiana will work with accepted applicants to secure in-kind donations and/or partial scholarships to help with travel costs for those who have demonstrated financial need.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Louisiana program depends upon the commitment to the program's entire schedule by each participant. Over the six-month period, approximately 70 program hours are scheduled.  Time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation. All six training sessions are mandatory - missing a training session may impact graduation and further participation in the program.

Fundraising Commitment
As part of each class member’s fundraising training, she will be required to raise a minimum of $500.00 for Emerge Louisiana during the 2018 calendar year, separate and apart from any fundraising she may do towards her own tuition. The training program will offer opportunities and support for participants to fulfill this requirement. The program is committed to helping women become excellent fundraisers, and raising funds for Emerge Louisiana is a great way to perfect this skill.


While women comprise more than 50% of the electorate, they still hold just 29% of elected offices in this country. Louisiana has sent only two women to the U.S. House of Representatives (both of whom succeeded their husbands); only three women to the U.S. Senate; and only one woman has ever served as Governor of Louisiana. They were all Democrats. There are only three Democratic women in the 39-member state senate and only eight in the 105-member house of representatives. This dismal lack of Democratic women in office underscores the fact that a very large pool of highly-qualified candidates is being left untapped. 

Studies show women tend to introduce more bills in Congress, be more collaborative and consensus driven, and lead on issues related to family, health care, childcare, education, violence against women and reproductive health. That’s why increasing the number of Democratic women candidates is so important. Emerge Louisiana intends to level the playing field, de-mystify the process of engaging in politics, and identify and train women who have thought about running for office, but who may assume they lack the necessary experience or connections to mount a successful campaign.

Emerge Louisiana's role is to:

  • Recruit women to run for office at all levels of government
  • Train them to run effective campaigns and win races
  • Provide a powerful network to support women running for office 

The Emerge model is an intensive 70-hour, cohort-based training program, designed explicitly to address the extra challenges that women face in the political arena by offering early-stage recruitment; top-notch, comprehensive training; and an ongoing network of support. We use a rigorous, highly selective application and screening process to ensure that our participants are great future candidates. Our recruitment effort focuses on all levels of diversity, so we can add depth and breadth to the Democratic candidate pool.

The track record of Emerge America’s program model speaks for itself. Founded only 10 years ago and operating in 23 states, the Emerge affiliates have trained over 2,000 Democratic women nationwide, creating a powerful pipeline of Democratic women running in politically important districts. In 2016, over 325 Emerge alumnae ran for office across the country and 70% won their elections.

Emerge Louisiana is part of this powerful national organization, reaching every region of the country. For more information, please contact us at contact@emergelouisiana.org.
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