Boot Camps

Designed especially for women who are running for any level of office in 2019

Boot camps have been developed by Emerge Virginia to give Democratic women planning to run in 2019 the skills they need to turbocharge their campaigns. Top political strategists and trainers will teach attendees critical elements of campaigning, including:

Campaign overview & structure

Developing campaign plan & strategy

Messaging and Media Relations

Social Media

Endorsements & Power Brokers


Field Campaigns

Public Speaking

And much more!

The two and a half day program is for announced or intended candidates running for any Virginia office in 2019. The application process is the same if you would like to attend a 2019 boot camp (see “How To Apply” below). Tentative dates and locations are below and subject to change. In-person interviews may be waived for boot camps. Boot camp tuition is $250 and no financial aid is awarded in order to avoid an in-kind contribution to a campaign. Campaign funds can be used to pay tuition and candidates are encouraged to fund raise tuition as well.

Friday, January 25th at 5 PM through Sunday, January 27th at 6 PM in Northern Virginia (THIS IS A CHANGE)

Friday, February 15th at 5 PM through Sunday, February 17th at 6 PM in Hampton Roads area

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $35 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application. The application fee can be paid here or mail a check payable to Emerge VA, PO Box 3545, Richmond, VA  23235.