LD 24 Democrats is an organization of elected officials, party leaders, and volunteers. Contact us to learn how to get involved with the District 24 Democrats!
Who are the LD 24 Democrats?
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If you’re new to being politically active, or new to “formal” party politics, it can be confusing even to figure out where to start. Here’s a very quick primer of the first steps. (Some of these details are specific to LD24, but the overall concept applies to most places in the U.S.)
What is a Precinct Committeeperson (PC)?
The PC is the most locally elected official in a given neighborhood and the foundation of grassroots democracy. PCs represent the party to their neighbors, and in turn are the eyes and ears of the Democratic Party throughout the district.
What does a PC do, exactly?
The PC helps achieve the goals of the district, and the party. Specifically:
Help elect strong, progressive Democrats to public office.
This needs a solid organization of capable and experienced leaders and volunteers in the district. Some of the activities include:
- Organizing at the precinct level to recruit new PCs and volunteers
- Registering voters
- Raising funds
- Participating in public events
- Communicating our message
- Listening to voters regarding their concerns about local issues
- Recruiting candidates
- Supporting current Democratic office holders that share our values and goals
Make our communities stronger and meet the needs of people now, regardless of election timetables.
Some activities that work towards these aims include:
- Organizing food bank donation drives, baby supplies and diaper drives, etc.
- Doing neighborhood cleanups
- Assisting with homeless shelters and supply needs
- Holding community events focused on learning about the people and their needs
- Having community workshops or seminars about public works and issues
- Fostering a more inclusive and accessible city and community
Connect the people in the precinct to the Democratic Party, and the Party to the people.
At the Party level, PC duties include:
- Participating in District/County Democratic Party meetings, events, and activities including providing assistance to your local Democratic Party by staffing registration drives and tables, supporting local candidates, and taking part in local fundraising efforts
- Recruiting new PCs and other volunteers in your Precinct and communicating with them regularly. Adding volunteers means you can divide the Precinct for more personal 6 contact with the voters. It also means providing additional support and backup for each other and for your candidates. Develop winning strategies by utilizing the group's collective skills, best practices, contacts, and energy to get the job done!
There are legal roles, too
- In case of a vacant Legislative seat, elected PCs will meet with interested candidates, and forward a slate of 3 candidates to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to fill the appointment.
- In Presidential Election years, PCs are responsible for electing the Presidential Convention Delegates at the District Level Convention.
In short, we support—and more importantly, shape—the larger goals of the Democratic Party by acting locally, as productive and helpful members of our own community, and actively participating in Party decision making.
While the 2017-2018 PC Election is complete, you can still become an appointed PC.
OK, but what is a precinct?
Precincts are the smallest political units in the country. A precinct is where elections are won or lost. Most importantly, it is your neighborhood. A precinct is made up of one or more Precinct Committeepersons. They lead the precinct working with other volunteers as a team to promote Democratic values and elect Democrats to office. To determine what Precinct you are in click here to go to the LD24 Precinct Map page.
Each precinct has an allotted number of PC slots, based on the number of registered Democratic voters.
What if my precinct has already maxed out its PC quota?
You can still be active! Come to meetings, volunteer at events and voter registration campaigns, and even join a subcommittee. Next time there is a PC election, you can run for the position.
Leave it to a Democratic county recorder to make democracy even better.
When constituents head to the polls to cast their ballots they’ll use a new ballot on demand system instituted by Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes. (Unfortunately, voters choosing the next District 6 Phoenix City Councilman won't get to use this system since the City of Phoenix runs their own elections. It's the only jurisdiction in Maricopa county that does).
It all begins at the Maricopa County Electronic Tabulation Center in downtown Phoenix, a studiously understated cinder block building that stands in the midst of Arizona’s fractious political landscape as an unperturbed example of democracy at its best.
You’d think getting elected would be the hard part.
But if you’re a Democratic member of the Arizona state Legislature, where Republicans hold majorities in both the House and Senate, the end of the campaign marks the beginning of uphill battles, strategic decisions and some good old-fashioned politicking.
Monday, July 02, 2018 at 06:00 PMWaaMo Restaurant in Phoenix, AZ
Join us as we launch a series of district-wide events in the communities that make up the diverse and progressive base of the Democratic Party itself.
We will enjoy excellent food and company as we learn more about the needs and challenges that face these communities. Most importantly, we'll discuss how to address those issues -- starting with getting out the vote in November. It's time to energize every Democratic voter and Bring Out The Base!
We hope to see you there!Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 05:45 PMThe Hive (Gallery Room) in Phoenix, AZThursday, July 12, 2018 at 07:00 PMLongview Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ
If you couldn’t make it to the MCDP Summer Convention, no worries – all three Democratic candidates for governor will be at our monthly meeting. That’s right – you’ll have a chance to meet:
- Kelly Fryer
- David Garcia
- Steve Farley
**((GETTING ON BOARD SERIES))**
Sure, the LD24 regular monthly meeting is always a blast, but if you’re looking to be one of the best PCs in the District the Getting On Board sessions are a must. July’s free, hour-long workshop features the following breakout sessions:
- Door Canvassing Dos and Don’ts – Led by Jodi Gallasini We get it – knocking on a stranger’s door can be intimidating. Fortunately, we have plenty of experienced canvassers to help. This is where you learn the basics.
- PC Best Practices – Led by Elisa McDowell OK, you got your certificate, your clipboard, pens, and a VAN list…now what? Attend this session to find out.
Can't wait to see you there!