Looking for a quick explainer to understand the structure of County Committee? Check out our County Committee Structure visual guide here.
A deeper dive:
The Democratic Party is governed by committees of people who are registered Democrats, from the national level down to the state and community level.
County is the most local level of party governance in New York.
Every two years, Democrats in each Assembly District elect two district leaders: one male, one female:
These district leaders choose the party chair:
The district leaders and chair make up the executive committee of the County Committee.
There are 21 Assembly Districts in Brooklyn, so when all seats are filled, the executive committee has 42 members. For more on the structure of this leadership, click through the County Committee Structure visual guide.
But there's more!
Each election district (or ED) is made up of a small number of city blocks.
Each ED has 2 to 4 seats in the general membership of the county committee; so when all the seats are filled, there are approximately 3000 members.
Unfortunately, a vast number of these are left unfilled, undermining our goal of broad participation in county decision-making.
THE FULL COUNTY COMMITTEE
What is the County Committee supposed to do?
- Choose the Democratic Party's nominee in special elections
- This one is particularly important, since 1 in 3 current New York state legislators was chosen in a special election!
- Help create the Democratic party platform
- Organize local neighborhoods
- And more!
What has the County Committee actually done?
- Up until recently? Show up once every two years and hand power over to the party boss. :-(
What’s different now?
Thanks partly to hard work by reformers like you, the last two years have seen dramatic changes for the better in our county leadership.
Since he was chosen to chair the party in 2012, Frank Seddio (the current chairman) has pledged to implement important reforms that the district leaders have passed.
These reforms include:
- The elimination of unelected at-large district leaders
- The creation of a website to improve communication with voters
- More frequent meetings of the full committee membership
- Other reforms designed to increase participation and prevent corruption
What are our goals for the future?
The changes we seek are slowly beginning to be implemented.
But Brooklyn is one of the most Democratic counties in the country. We think we should set the standard for innovation and progressivism, and demand competence and transparency from our local elected officials. We’re uniquely positioned to continue advocating for systemic change in our often-dysfunctional state and local governments, to move Brooklyn toward a more progressive future.
But in order for that to happen, we need your help! Sign up now to #RepYourBlock!