What is a District Leader?
District Leaders (also known as State Committee Members) are elected, unpaid members of the leadership of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. Each of the 21 assembly districts in Kings County elects two District Leaders (one male, one female) to represent them for a two-year term. This year, District Leaders will be elected during the Democratic Primary on June 23.
What does a District Leader do?
District Leaders have specific duties that are important to the function of our democracy, such as:
- Serve as members of the Party’s Executive Committee, helping select the Party’s leadership and manage its finances and governing laws
- Nominate judicial candidates
- Staff poll sites
- Work closely with local representatives of the Party, known as County Committee Members, to vote on Party rules
- Serve on the State Committee, which governs New York’s Democratic Party — for example, by writing the Party’s platform, overseeing campaign spending, and selecting Democratic National Committee Members
What else could a District Leader do?
These duties are important to the governance of our local Democratic Party, our city’s electoral and justice systems, and our state and national Democratic Party. But our current Party leaders often serve solely as a rubber stamp on a small number of decisions. District Leaders can and should do so much more to make sure our democracy works for everyone.
District Leaders can lead grassroots, progressive Party-building activities, such as:
- Acting as local community liaisons between the local Democratic Party, the Assembly Districts, and our elected leaders (from Assembly Members and State Senators to City Council Members and the Mayor)
- Creating a responsive and empowered network of local County Committee leaders — the ground floor of the Democratic Party and a body of approximately 5,000 Brooklynites — in their district to represent Democrats at the neighborhood level. District Leaders and County Committee members can work together — by checking in with neighbors or even discussing district-relevant issues or upcoming elections — to make our home democracy an active, participatory, and responsive space.
- Organizing get-out-the-vote efforts
- Working with the Board of Elections to improve Election Day operations
- Creating an open and supportive environment for all candidates