What's a District Leader / State Committeeman?

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District Leader

One female and one male district leader represents the voters within their part of the assembly district. Official duties of the Democratic District Leader include electing the Chair of the county party, setting the party’s platform, appointing election workers at local poll sites, and helping to select nominees for civil court judgeships.

Other duties include electing the Chair of the county party, helping to select nominees for civil court, attending party meetings and events on behalf of the district.

Requirements: The District Leader is an un-paid elected official who serves a two-year term. The individual must reside within the district in which they want to run

State Committee Member

The main responsibilities of the state committee member include attending their respective political party’s state conventions, participating in the conventions, and lending their full support to the endorsement of the candidates picked by their parties at the conventions. A strong State Committee Member also serves as a liaison between the community and local officials, city government, and political candidates, and brings back information from state and federal elected officials to let the party members of the assembly district know their concerns are being listened to and being acted on

 

Requirements: The State Committee Member is an un-paid elected official who serves a two year term, and must reside in the assembly district in which they are elected.

*In Brooklyn the State Committee Members also serve as the District Leaders*

OTHER POSITIONS

County Committee Member

This position is a stepping stone for individuals wishing to become more involved in politics. Running for this position requires petitioning, which will help you become familiar with the process, and once elected the contributions required of you are minimal. However, individuals can take charge, and it helps provide individuals a platform for leadership. A county committee member represents an election district which is the smallest political unit, usually comprising of 700 – 1000 people, or 1 to 3 city blocks.

Requirements: The County Committee Member is an un-paid elected official who serves a two year term, and must reside in the assembly district in which they are elected. Each election district has two to four elected county committee positions. Some election districts require one male and one female committee member.

Judicial Delegate

Judicial Delegates are elected during the same time as other political positions. Unlike the other political positions, each political party elects judicial delegates. The main responsibility of judicial delegates is to attend a convention where they elect individuals to the New York State Supreme Court. This is an unpaid job, but requires little time, and is a great public service opportunity. It also gives newcomers the opportunity to learn more about petitioning and the political process.

Requirement: Judicial Delegates are unpaid elected officials who serve a two year term, and must reside in the assembly district in which they are elected. Each assembly district elects about six judicial delegates.