Application Requirements

The Class of 2017 is underway, but you can apply TODAY to be in the Emerge Oregon Class of 2018!

Interested in applying for the Class of 2018? Start your application today and complete it by October 20. APPLY HERE!

Participants will learn best practices in fundraising, networking and coalition building, writing a field plan and stump speech, how to get endorsements, public speaking, dealing with the media and much more! All of these skills will make you a better and more polished candidate, giving you an edge!

Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with Oregon's best political strategists and Emerge alumnae who have gone onto run for office.

Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women who are registered Democrats regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or physical abilities. Emerge Oregon also expects applicants to hold the core values reflected in the Democratic Party of Oregon platform.


Applications are due on or before October 20, 2017 and will be reviewed by the executive director, board members and organizational allies. The application fee of $35 must also be paid in full on or by October 20.

Finalists will be invited to attend an interview. The interview will last approximately 30 minutes and will be scheduled to occur in November. From these interviews, the program members will be selected and announced by December 15, 2017.

Emerge expects to select approximately 20 women who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.


1) Online Application

2) Two references (see online application)

3) Application fee - $35, non-refundable


Tuition is $450. Tuition is not due until the first class instruction day.

Emerge Oregon believes that individual financial circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program. Financial assistance, including scholarships and payment plans, are available to individuals accepted into the program.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Oregon program depends upon commitment to the program's entire schedule by each participant. Emerge Oregon’s program begins in late January, with a kick off event during the evening prior to the first training day in Portland, and will be one weekend day a month over seven months.

Most of the classes will take place in Portland, but depending on the geographic makeup of the class, one or two may be held in Eugene, Salem or Bend.

Training dates for the Class of 2018 will be announced this fall. 

For more information email: or call Jillian Schoene, our Executive Director, at 503-729-7039.

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