County Committee FAQ
What is County Committee?
County Committees are political parties that are broken up into groups of party representatives that make decisions at the national, state, and local level.
In New York City, each of the 5 boroughs has its own county and has its own Democratic Committee. Each County Committee:
Elects the County Officers,
Nominates judges to be Democrats in Judicial elections,
Endorses candidates (even in primaries),
Appoints the Democratic candidate when an incumbent vacates their seat before their term is over, and
Selects the Democratic Nominee in certain special elections within the county.
Every County Committee member is elected to represent Democrats in their local election district. It is the largest county party in the state and has the largest weighted vote at conventions of the state Democratic party.
Manhattan Committee members are elected to two-year terms. Manhattan and Staten Island are elected in odd-numbered years. Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx are elected in even-numbered years.
Who are County Committee Members?
They are unpaid elected officials who serve a two-year term.
They must reside in the assembly district in which they are elected.
Each election district has two to four elected county committee positions.
What do County Committee Members Do?
Duties Entrusted To County Committee Members Include:
Selecting candidates for elected offices.
Filling certain vacancies in elected offices.
May provide a source of government appointees
Why is it Important?
The Democratic Party is a critical institution with a great deal of influence over who gets selected as candidates in elections, and, ultimately, government policy. By bringing many more young people to fill these seats, we can strengthen the Democratic Party and ensure its responsiveness to the issues that are important to us.