Candidate Training Program

Emerge Iowa

Greetings from Emerge Iowa,

In January, we are launching our first ever 6-month candidate training program for Democratic women in Iowa. We are still looking for applicants from across the state. As local leaders, you are uniquely positioned to connect us with women in your communities. 

If you, or a woman you know, would be a strong candidate for public office, please share this information with her or feel free to send her information to me and I will reach out.

About our program: 

The Emerge Iowa training program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, six-month, 70-hour, training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win.


Although the public application deadline has passed, I would like to extend extra time for any women in your communities who would be great fits. 

We are looking for: 

  • Women who would be strong candidates for municipal elections in 2019 as well as state and county elections in 2020
  • Women who are not yet ready to run but would like the training to perhaps manage a campaign and run in the future
  • Women from all backgrounds including self-identifying women from the LGBTQ community, women of color and women from labor communities. 

Learn more at Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at anytime with questions! 

Judy Downs
Executive Director, Emerge Iowa
Des Moines, IA 50322
C: (515) 314-5762

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