About Us

Are you a Democratic woman 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 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.

Emerge New Mexico is changing the face of New Mexico 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.

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 New Mexico is changing that!

  • Nearly 300 women trained to run for office since 2012;
  • More than 69 alums currently serving in elected office across New Mexico;
  • 42 women on the General Election ballot in 2018;
  • In the 2018 General Election, 37 Emerge-trained alumnae won their elections;
  • Over 50% of Emerge alumnae have run for office or been appointed to local boards or commissions;
  • Strong record of diversity: over 50% of our alumnae are women of color;
  • Nearly one-third of the women of color who have served in any statewide executive office are from New Mexico.

Disclaimer: Due to the Coronovirus Pandemic Emerge New Mexico will be working remotely and can accommodate meetings virtually.

Emerge New Mexico is a state affiliate of Emerge, which has trained more than 4,000 women to run for office since 2002. Emerge alumnae across the country have won more than 1,000 elections to date and hold office at every level of government. There are currently Emerge affiliates in 26 states — Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,  Connecticut, Georgia, 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 New Mexico’s training program are plugged into both the state network of Emerge New Mexico alumnae, as well as the national network of Emerge alumnae across the country.

Emerge New Mexico has no issue-based litmus test for candidates. Our mission is clear: to recruit, train, and support Democratic women who want to run for office.

Emerge New Mexico is committed to a statewide strategy. We recruit and train women from across the state who want to run for any level of political office. We are building the bench of well-trained candidates who will run for office for years to come.

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.
  • New Mexico has a long history of women in politics, particularly women of color, starting with the election of Soledad Chávez Chacón as Secretary of State in 1922, just ten years after New Mexico became a state.


Emerge New Mexico's Work Is Needed


of the state senate are women


of the state house are women


of state legislators are women


women in New Mexico's congressional delegation