You Should Run For Local Office
Yes, YOU should run for local office.
In 2019 there will be hundreds of county and town offices across New York that will go uncontested by Democrats, especially in rural areas. In my opinion, this is bad not just for the Democratic Party but for democracy itself.
One year ago, I wrote this: 10 Reasons Why Democrats Should Contest Every Election in Every Location in 2018
In 2019, I still think these reasons are as true as ever. We made some significant gains in New York in the last cycle but we can't let up the pressure. The good news is you can help. Get in touch with your town or county Democratic committee or your county board of elections and ask them what local offices are up for election this year. If you live in a small town or rural community there is a very good chance that no Democratic candidate has stepped forward to place their name on the ballot for at least one local elected position in your area.
Running for office can be very fun and rewarding, even if you don't win. Want to learn more about the mechanics and realities of running? Call me at 607-463-0860 or send me a note at [email protected]. I would be very happy to give you all the advice and help I can.
Need a little push? Here is a short (and blurry) video of me trying to convince 1500 people at UPAC in Kingston to run in 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITSldzlsRAg
For those in Otsego County here is a list of all offices up for election in 2019. We are actively looking for Democrats who live in the towns of Laurens, Otego, Unadilla, Hartwick, Milford, New Lisbon, Decatur, Maryland, Westford, Worcester, Burlington, Edmeston, Exeter or Plainfield who will put their name on the ballot for county board. We need you! Control of the Otsego County Board hangs in the balance.
Also, please remember the petitioning timeline has changed significantly in 2019 and signature gathering will begin on February 26th.