Monday :: Aug 13, 2007

Open Thread

by Mary

Califonia has some great women in the House and the Senate. But we need more women running for office to make sure we have top-notch candidates in the coming years. If you've ever thought about running for office or know someone who should and you are in the Bay Area, checkout the program Emerge is offering. (Read more)

What's up?


Emerge is a non-profit political training program for Democratic women from Northern California who are interested in running for elected office. Emerge is currently recruiting for our 2008 class!

The Emerge program provides Democratic women in the Bay Area with a unique opportunity to get hands-on training and build bonds with other women who share their interest in running for elected office. Program members receive training in campaigns and elections, public speaking, fundraising, network and coalition building, public policy and legislative process. They also get the chance to meet and seek advice from successful women politicians.

Several of our program graduates have gone on to run for elected office already, and acknowledge the importance of the Emerge program. There have been five classes totaling 114 alumnae and among them, we've had 17 runs for office, 10 wins (with 3 more running in November 2007), and nearly 60 appointments to boards and commissions.

We are seeking Democratic women from eleven Northern California counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma) who have political leadership experience or potential, meaningful community involvement and an interest in running for elected office. We are committed to embracing diversity at every level (race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, geographic, socio-economic, profession, etc). For more information about Emerge, please visit our website at

It's a known fact—women tend not to self-nominate for elected office. If you know someone who would make a great elected official, please encourage them to attend one of the following informational sessions where they'll hear from alumnae and the executive director details about the application process and the program:

  • Sacramento County: Wednesday, August 15, 6:30pm; 1127 11th Street, Suite 514, Sacramento
  • San Francisco County: Monday, August 20, 6:30pm; 131 Steuart Street, Suite 300, San Francisco
  • Marin County: Tuesday, August 21, 6:30pm; 8 Willow Street, San Rafael
  • Contra Costa County: Wednesday, August 22, 6:30pm; 712 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito
  • Sonoma County: Thursday, August 23, 6:30pm; Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, Oak Room, 1400 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park
  • San Mateo County: Monday, August 27, 6:30pm; 2091 Barbara Drive, Palo Alto
  • Solano County: Tuesday, August 28, 6:30pm, 2434 Ridgewood Circle, Fairfield
  • Santa Clara County: Wednesday, August 29, 6:30pm, 1191 Carolyn Avenue, San Jose
  • Alameda County: Thursday, August 30, 6:30pm, 5236 James Avenue, Oakland

Applications are available at on the Emerge website.

All applications must be submitted by September 24, 2007. Finalists will be invited to attend interviews in October/November 2007. Sessions begin December 2007.

Gretchen Schoenstein
California Executive Director
Emerge: Women Leaders For A Democratic Future

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