Challenge politics as usual by prioritizing participation of the residents of the 52nd Assembly District. This means sharing power and information with the people. Jesse will work to:
Reform the proxy process. Today, the Brooklyn Democratic Party often makes decisions on behalf of all Brooklynites through an antiquated proxy vote system that keeps the powerful in power and limits the voice of the electorate. As District Leader, Jesse will lead the effort to reform the proxy process as a member of the Executive Committee.
Support opportunities for people to participate outside typical machine politics. Together we can strengthen opportunities outside the political sphere for everyone to weigh in on Jesse’s work as a District Leader and the Party’s priorities for Brooklyn.
Advocate for women’s rights and gender justice in the Party. We need more women, transgender, and non-binary people in positions of power. We can do this by reinvigorating the local Party’s women’s caucus and restructuring Party positions to include nonbinary people who do not identify as female or male.
Make the electoral process more straightforward — for voters and for candidates. This is the only way to ensure power is held by the people. Jesse will work to:
Ensure regular Brooklynites can hold positions in the Democratic Party through the County Committee. County Committee is the ground floor of the Democratic Party. Anyone who wants to run for a seat should have access to the same information, such as clear instructions on how to run, complete and file petitions, and connect with neighbors who are running. If seats are not filled by active candidates, the party should publicize how County Committee appointments are granted.
Encourage participation in County Committee meetings. For members to meaningfully participate, meetings must be: in locations accessible by public transit, announced with reasonable notice, and organized by agendas that prioritize new business and the functioning of the Party.
Fight corruption and democratize information in the local Party. The misuse of power is ingrained in New York politics. Jesse will work to:
Make the local Party more accountable by publishing meeting agendas, recording votes, providing more information on judicial elections, reforming the special election process, making committee appointments transparent, and disclosing Party finances.
Listen to County Committee members in the district. There should be a functioning group of members with whom the District Leader should actively engage and work. Jesse will regularly convene the formal Assembly District Committee, support the formation of subcommittees.