What is a District Leader?
District Leaders, also known as State Committee Members in Brooklyn, represent each of the 21 Assembly Districts in Brooklyn. They are elected volunteer leaders of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. District Leaders all across Brooklyn, along with the Chair of the Kings County Democratic Committee (“County Committee”), are referred to as the Executive Committee. Two District Leaders of different genders represent each Assembly District, and every District Leader seat is up for election every two years. The County Committee is also made up of County Committee Members (CCM) who represent their most immediate neighbors, 4-5 square blocks. CCMs are also subject to two-year terms.
What does a District Leader Do?
District Leaders make decisions that affect everyday Brooklynites:
Vote on Democratic Party leadership
Choose local judicial candidates
Staff poll sites
Influence policies for local Democratic Party’s structure and function
Participate as members of the State Democratic Party and select Democratic National Committee Members
Does My Choice in District Leader Matter?
Have you ever walked into a voting booth and on your ballot you are asked to pick 5 judicial candidates and there are only five names to choose from that you have never heard of? District Leaders decide how and what information is provided to the public. Monae believes that as few people as possible should have that experience. Especially because judges can have very long terms. Since families in our community have disproportionate contact with certain legal systems, it is important we have a say in who our judges are. Having the information about who these judges are and what they do may make life-altering experiences less daunting to families in our community.
What Else Can A District Leader Do?
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. They can:
Act as community liaisons between the local Democratic Party, the Assembly Districts, and our elected leaders
Assist with the organization of Assembly District Committees or ADCs to create a responsive and empowered community of local leaders in their district to represent Democrats at the neighborhood level.
Organize Get Out The Vote efforts
Work with the Board of Elections to improve Election Day operations
Create an open and supportive environment for all Democrats
What Can You Do?
Exercise Your Right to Vote