If you want to get more involved locally, we encourage you to run for this Democratic Party County Committee position. It’s a great way to engage with your community and no experience necessary!
County Committee Members – elected every 2 years
The Manhattan Democratic Party is the County Party. County Committee members are the ground floor, grassroots level of the Democratic Party and members are elected. The Party Leader in Manhattan is Keith L.T. Wright.
Each Election District (ED) has 2-4 representatives. There are over 2,000 County Committee members in Manhattan. Each county committee member represents approximately between 1-3 blocks of their Election District.
- What does a County Committee member do?
- Attend one meeting every two years
- Elect party leadership
- Approve Party Rules
- Choose Democratic nominee in state special elections*
- Help fill judicial vacancies
- Vote on resolutions of public concern submitted by members
- Engage with your community
*County Committee members select the Democratic nominee for the general election when a vacancy occurs during a specific time frame as defined by law. For example: in 1992, after Representative Ted Weiss died, Jerrold Nadler was chosen by the County Committee to be the Democratic nominee. He went on to win the general election and has served his district in the US Congress ever since.
The Executive Committee of the County Committee is the governing board that manages the day-to-day operations of the Manhattan Democratic Party. The Executive Committee includes District Leaders and the Party Leader, as well as officers (Chairperson, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.). The Executive Committee officers are elected every two years by the County Committee members at the organizing meeting.
How do you run?
You need to be a registered Democrat to run for the Democratic County Committee and live in the 66th Assembly District (Greenwich Village, SoHo, NoHo, or Tribeca area). With the help of your local Democratic Club, you will petition to get on the Democratic Primary ballot by getting signatures of registered Democrats in your ED. If you are unopposed, you will automatically win the seat. If you have opposition you campaign among your neighbors and stand for election in the Democratic Primary in June.
Running for County Committee is a great way to engage with your local community an offers the opportunity to build stronger ties between your neighborhood and the local Democratic Party.
If you would like more information about running for County Committee, please contact [email protected]