So, what are you doing in 2006?For the young and connected have to a big impact on this city and state, we need to figure out how to create a huge network of people, who are working both inside and outside the system. Today, we focus on the ultimate insider: the Democratic committeeman. Plainly, it would be transformative to have the Democratic machine infused with energy, and out of the box thinking.
What does a committeeman do, you ask? How do they get elected anyway? This is from the committee of seventy website:
"CITY DIVISIONAL COMMITTEEPEOPLE The division (often called a "precinct") is the smallest political unit of the City, normally comprising between 600 and 800 registered voters. In 1997, however, the Election Code was amended to permit the formation of election districts containing no less than 100 and no more than 1,200 registered electors. The Democratic and Republican party organizations start at this grassroots level with the office of committeeperson. The registered voters of each party in a division elect two divisional committeepeople for four year terms at every primary election immediately preceding the regularly scheduled gubernatorial election (1998, 2002, 2006, etc).
The responsibilities of a committeeperson run up and down the party ladder. Committeepeople transmit to the party leaders the opinions of the people in their division (their neighbors). This process enables the party leaders to remain in touch with the views of the people and adapt accordingly. In turn, the party leadership reaches down to the grassroots level through the divisional committeepeople to seek out and register new voters in the party, to provide a variety of services to voters, and to "get out the vote" at every election in support of party candidates. In this respect, committeepeople perform their duties year-round. Good committeepeople are valuable assets in a division, and at this level, they have an excellent opportunity to participate in local politics. "
Count this as one of a semi-regular feature on our elected offices. But if you want to be involved in the politics of your neighborhood, and you want to work from inside the machine, there is no better place to start than here. And, if you get 200 people to vote, you probably win in a landslide.