Application Process

The application period for the Class of 2019 has closed. Please check back in September for the Class of 2020 application.

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.

The application period for the Class of 2019 has closed. Please check back in September for the Class of 2020 application.

Who Should Apply?

Emerge New Mexico seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership and are interested in running for elective 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 New Mexico.

Emerge New Mexico generally selects 25 women from across the state who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.

Emerge embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages applications from all self-identified 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 interval barriers women may impose on themselves. As such, we work hard to ensure that our program meets the needs of all class members and we make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority in all aspects of our program.

To be considered for the 2019 Emerge New Mexico training program, applicants must complete a written application by December 14, 2018. Written applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person interview in early January. Invitations to join the 2019 class will be extended by early February.

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge New Mexico program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant.  Over the six-month period, approximately 70 program hours are scheduled. Additional time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework, training preparation, and mandatory volunteer hours. While we understand that emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absence may result in a deferral to the following year. Students are permitted one excused absence throughout the program. Additional absences may result in deferral to the following year. Please review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend every training day.

2019 Training Dates

All training sessions are hosted in Albuquerque unless otherwise noted. Locations subject to change.

  • Saturday, March 30 (Mandatory)
  • Saturday, April 13
  • Saturday, May 4 (Las Cruces)
  • Saturday, May 18
  • Saturday, June 15
  • Saturday, July 13
  • Saturday, August 10
  • Saturday, September 14 (Santa Fe)


Emerge New Mexico will review completed written applications and select finalists for in-person interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee in early January in locations around New Mexico.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $35.00 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application.  The application fee can be paid online through the application portal or mail a check payable to Emerge New Mexico, P.O. Box 6325, Santa Fe, NM 87502.


Tuition for the seven-month program is $300.00. Payment plans are available and Emerge New Mexico offers financial assistance to those who qualify. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program.

The six-month program does take place in various parts of the state one to two Saturdays each month but travel and overnight accommodations may be necessary depending on your location to trainings. Emerge New Mexico will endeavor to assist with supporter housing when needed, but travel costs are not typically covered by the program.

If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Executive Director Ashley Sanderson at Emerge New Mexico works to ensure that financial need is never a barrier to applying to the program.