Emerge New Jersey, the premiere political training organization for Democratic women in the state, is now accepting applications for its 2016 political training program.

The 2016 program will kickoff in January and conclude with graduation in June. Over the course of six-months, Emerge New Jersey provides 70 hours of in-depth candidate training to ensure Democratic women are “ready to run” for office after they graduate the program. During the program, participants master a variety of skills from sessions taught by New Jersey experts in politics. The sessions include public speaking and communication, fundraising, media and messaging, networking, campaign strategy, and more.

Earlier this year, eleven Democratic women from throughout the state were admitted to-and-successfully completed the Emerge New Jersey program. Those women were the following: Dorcas Adekunle, Long Branch; Dini Ajmani, Short Hills; Cynthia Atkins, Roselle; Brenda Brathwaite, Absecon; Allixon Collazos Gill, Montclair; Denalerie Johnson-Faniel, PhD, Lawrenceville; Emily Manz, Newark; Nadia Moses, East Orange; Shante Palmer, Montclair; Grace Strom Power, Princeton Junction; and Jazmine Sandifer, Roselle.

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"Successfully completing the Emerge New Jersey program is one of my all-time most valuable accomplishments. The program provides such substantial growth opportunities on a political, professional and personal level. As a current elected official, I feel much more confident in making decisions and encouraged to keep the progress going.” said, Roselle Board of Education Commissioner, Jazmine Sandifer. “The curriculum is empowering, edifying, and has left me at an unequivocal place. Emerge New Jersey confirmed for me that my rightful place is in public service and I encourage all Democratic women interested in government to inquire.”

Since it’s inception, Emerge New Jersey has successfully graduated two classes, for a combined total of 23 Democratic women who have completed the training program. From the first class, two women we’re elected into office in 2014, one as a Freeholder and the other as a Councilwoman. This year, three women from both classes are running for elected office in New Jersey. They are Cathy Wilson, Emerge New Jersey Class of 2014, candidate for Town Council in Morris County; Carol Rizzo, Emerge New Jersey Class of 2014, candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder; and Brenda Brathwaite, Emerge New Jersey Class of 2015, candidate for Atlantic County Freeholder.

“Democratic women who apply for and complete the Emerge New Jersey program, will be equipped with skillsets they need to change the face of politics in New Jersey,” said Emerge New Jersey Executive Director, Truscha Quatrone. “Whether they’re running for local boards and commissions, or running for Freeholder, Emerge New Jersey will prepare, train and empower Democratic women with they skills they need to win.”

Democratic women, who are residing in New Jersey and interested in applying for the Emerge New Jersey program, should contact Truscha Quatrone at truscha@emergenj.org or call 973-541-9595 for more information. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 13th.