Want a Start in Politics? Consider Running for Precinct Committeeman
Think you want to get involved with politics? Think you might want to be involved at the local level with the Democratic Party, but aren’t quite sure where to start? A good place to begin is by becoming a precinct committeeman. PC’s are elected officials and are vital to their fellow candidates running for Public Office. Elected PC’s serve a two year term, make up the Central Committee of the County Party, and vote on all major decisions.
The DuPage Elections Committee describes the role of PC as follows:
The grass roots and foundation of the political parties are its precinct committeemen. They serve as the foot soldiers to the most fundamental political unit of government, the precinct. The precinct committeeman helps shape party policy and participates in the selection process of candidates. A precinct committeeman is elected to a two-year term in the even-year primary elections.
So what exactly does a precinct committeeman do? A precinct committeeman will…
- Represent the party’s voters at the county central committee convention to elect the county central chairman and its officers. The precinct committeeman casts a total number of party votes, (weighted vote), as cast in the precinct at the recent primary election
- Become a voter registrar and register all qualified constituents
- Appoint and fill vacancies of election judges for the precinct polling place
- Provide candidate and election information to the voters
- Circulate petitions for candidates prior to the primary election
- Become familiar with the elected officials and legislatures so the concerns of the voters can be passed on to them.
- Attend and become involved in the party’s Township meetings in one of the nine townships in which you live
The Democratic Party of DuPage County is looking for people wanting to run for (or be appointed) precinct committeemen in the 2020 election. If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved with becoming a precinct committeeman, please visit http://www.dupagedemocrats.com/cms2/you-can-help/.