Emerge New Jersey Accepting Applications for Class of 2022

Emerge New Jersey Accepting Applications for Class of 2022

Trenton, NJ—Emerge New Jersey, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training
Democratic women to run for office, announced today that it will be accepting applications for
its 2022 Signature Training Program. Applications are being accepted now through February
15th, 2022, with the six-month program expected to begin on Saturday, March 26th.
This is the first application opening since Emerge New Jersey’s relaunch and first under
Executive Director Geri Jannarone. The application process will place special emphasis on equity
and justice with a focus on women with backgrounds and identities in the New American
Majority.

“Emerge New Jersey is excited to launch our applications so we can train another class of
powerful Democratic women from communities across the Garden State,” said Geri Jannarone,
Executive Director of Emerge New Jersey. “This past November taught us that New Jersey needs
more women on the ballot and in public office. Despite making up 50% of the population,
women only make up 30.8% of the New Jersey Legislature and that number is even more
dramatic with women in the New American Majority. The Emerge New Jersey Class of 2022 is
committed to changing that. By focusing on the unique diversity that makes up New Jersey, we
aim to recruit not only our most diverse class in Emerge New Jersey history but one that
empowers traditionally underrepresented communities and identities who deserve a seat at the
table. We look forward to seeing the trailblazing future-elected officials that apply for our
program and can’t wait to continue our mission with our Class of 2022.”

Emerge New Jersey’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public
office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted receive 70 hours of in-depth education
over six months that inspires them to run for office and gives them the tools to win. The
program’s trainers are comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff
from all over the country, who have been involved in some of the most successful campaigns
and initiatives seen in recent election cycles. Participants learn from these experts and develop
practical knowledge in areas such as public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, voter
contact, media and messaging and others. Candidates also meet an array of dynamic women
who hold elected and appointed office and become a part of a supportive network, which
includes a national association of Emerge alumnae serving at nearly every level of public office.

Emerge New Jersey has a proven track record for getting Democratic women elected. Since the
organization launched in 2014, the program has equipped 79 women with the skills needed to
bring change to their communities. 38 of the alumnae have gone on to run for political office or
been appointed to local boards or commissions, and of those who have gone on to run for an
elected position, 15 have won including Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake and
Assemblywoman-elect Sadaf Jaffer. Emerge New Jersey’s commitment to diversity also means
that the women selected for the program come from a multitude of different backgrounds and
all walks of life. In fact, 55% of the program’s graduates are women of color.

For more information, please visit https://nj.emergeamerica.org/application-process-classof-
2022/
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