Challenge politics as usual by prioritizing participation and remaining accountable to the residents of the 52nd Assembly District. This means sharing power and information with people who live in this community. 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. We need new ways to communicate outside of existing Party structures and political clubs. 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. Getting more women, transgender, and non-binary people into positions of power starts at the grassroots. We can do this through strategies such as 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 and that elected officials are representative. Jesse will work to:
Ensure regular Brooklynites can hold positions in the Democratic Party through the Kings County Democratic Committee. In Brooklyn, County Committee is the ground floor of the Democratic Party. Anyone who wants to run for a County Committee 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 provide consistent and public information on how County Committee appointments are granted.
Encourage participation in County Committee meetings. For County Committee members to be able 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, locally and across the state. 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 County Committee 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, and listen to other groups of constituents in ways that incorporate the vision of everyone involved.