Application Process

Applications for our 2022 cohort are now closed. We will be holding a boot camp in June. For more information, email

Please read through all of the information below in its entirety. It is important to have a complete understanding of the application process and training program before you apply. For questions, please contact

We encourage you to begin your application well in advance of the closing date due to the detailed nature of the application.


Who Should Apply?

Emerge Washington seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership and are interested in running for elected office and who have:

  • Evidence of political leadership experience or potential, and meaningful involvement in workplace or community;
  • Interest in running for political office;
  • Ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • Ability to articulate a personal political vision;
  • Commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings.

Applicants must be women who are Democrats and who reside in the state of Washington

Emerge Washington will select 20-30 women from across the state who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.

Emerge Washington embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or physical ability.  Our mission to build the bench of Democratic women ready to run for office acknowledges both systemic and historic barriers to running for office as well as the barriers women impose on themselves.

To be considered for the Emerge WA 2022  class, applicants must complete a written application by the stated deadline. Written applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person or virtual interview. Invitations to join the 2022 class will be extended before the end of the year.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge Washington program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant.  Over the multi-month period, approximately 75 program hours are scheduled. Some time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and preparation. While emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absence for any reason will result in a deferral to the following year.  Please review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend every training day.

The dates for the 2022 cohort, which will be a combination of in-person and virtual training, are as follows:

Jan. 8-9 (Seattle/Tacoma area)
Jan. 29 (virtual)
Feb. 12-14 (virtual–Saturday afternoon, Sunday & Monday full days, including a remote day “in” Olympia)
Mar. 19-20 (virtual)
April 23-24 (in person Eastern WA TBD)
May 14-15 (Seattle/Tacoma area)

*dates subject to change

COVID Protocol

  • This training is open to persons who are fully vaccinated at the time of the training. During training, we ask that you wear a mask and practice social distancing. If you are unvaccinated for any reason, or unable to mask during our training, we ask that you reach out to us and we can connect you to virtual training alternatives.


Emerge Washington will review completed written applications and select finalists for in-person or virtual interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee in person in Seattle or via Zoom.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application.  Waivers for this fee are available, simply email to request one. The application fee can be paid here or by mailing a check payable to Emerge Washington, 1143 Martin Luther King Jr Way #49 Seattle, WA  98122


Tuition for the 2022 class is $795.  If offered a seat in the class, there is a $100 deposit required to hold your spot.  The remaining tuition is $695. Those who make a request are eligible for payment plans or financial assistance. There is also a $1000 fundraising requirement.  We provide the tools, techniques, and training to help you meet that goal.

The multi-month program takes place in various parts of the state. Three of the weekends will include in-person training, public health restrictions permitting, and two weekends (plus one day) will be completely virtual.  Travel and overnight accommodations may be necessary depending on your location to trainings. Emerge Washington will endeavor to assist with housing when needed, but travel costs are not covered by the program.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Emily Carmichael at Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program, and application fee waivers are available, as well as scholarships for program tuition.