Run For County Committee

Why Run for County Committee?

County Committee is a low-­lift, high-­impact way to be involved in the Democratic Party, represent your neighborhood and make change happen at the local level.

What is County Committee?

  • The grassroots, governing board of the New York County (Manhattan) Democratic Party.

  • It approves the rules of the New York County Democratic Committee at a meeting that occurs once every two years.

  • Every election district (ED) in Manhattan has between two and four representatives.

  • A term is two years.

What else does County Committee do?

  • Choose the Democratic Party's nominee in special elections when an incumbent dies or resigns. This one is particularly important, since 1 in 3 current New York state legislators was chosen in a special election!

    • Examples: In 1992, after Rep. Ted Weiss died, the County Committee chose Jerrold Nadler to be the Democratic nominee. He went on to win the general election and has served his district ever since. In 2017, after State Sen. Daniel Squadron resigned, the County Committee nominated Brian Kavanagh, who has since been twice elected.

  • Help create the Democratic party platform

  • Organize local neighborhoods and more!

How do you run?

  • Must be a registered Democrat.

  • Petition with the help of your local Democratic Club to get signatures of registered Democrats in your ED.

  • If you are unopposed, you automatically win the seat.

  • If you have opposition, you campaign among your neighbors and stand for election in the Democratic Primary in June.

Next Steps?

If you are interested in running for County Committee, please fill out this form or visit