About Us

Are you a Democratic woman in Colorado who wants to run for office? Let us help you!

Our Mission

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

Who We Are

Emerge Colorado is changing the face of politics by recruiting, training and providing a powerful network for Democratic women who want to run for office across the state.

We offer the only in-depth, six-month, 70-hour, training program that provides aspiring female leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system.

Our program’s trainers are comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors, political operatives, and staff from all over the state and country who 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, ethical leadership, 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, the Emerge board and advisory council members.

  • More than 300 women trained to run for office since 2013;
  • More than 30 alums currently serving in elected office across Colorado;
  • 27 women on the ballot in 2018;
  • In the 2017 election, 8 Emerge alumnae won their elections – a 90% win rate;
  • Over 51% of Emerge Colorado alumnae have run for office or been appointed to local boards or commissions;
  • Strong record of diversity: 39% of our alumnae are women of color.

Emerge America

Emerge Colorado is a state affiliate of Emerge America, which has trained more than 4,000 women to run for office since 2002. Emerge alumnae across the country have won more the 1,000 elections to date and hold office at every level of government. There are currently Emerge America affiliates in 24 states — Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado,  Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin with plans to expand to more soon. Women who graduate from Emerge Colorado’s training programs are plugged into both the state network of Emerge Colorado alumnae, as well as the national network of Emerge America alumnae across the country.

Emerge Colorado's Work Is Needed

0

Colorado women have ever served as governor or in the US Senate

11

Women of color in the state legislature out of 100 seats total

38%

The percent of women in the state legislature

Why Women?

  • Studies have shown women in elected office overwhelmingly support and push forward democratic principles like equality and fairness.
  • When women hold public office they are more actively involved in a variety of gender-salient issue areas, including healthcare, the economy, education and the environment.
  • Women legislators are more responsive to constituents, value cooperation over hierarchical power and find ways to engineer solutions in situations where men have trouble finding common ground.