On September 21st, 2016, New Kings Democrats joined with fellow Brooklyn reform clubs to propose a series of common sense reforms to the Kings County Committee operations. A mailing was sent to all County Committee members, outlining the reforms, which were endorsed by NKD, Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform, Southern Brooklyn Democrats, and Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats. These reforms built on the County Committee platform developed earlier this year in NKD's Policy Committee. The reforms were not addressed at the January 2017 meeting of the County Committee, but were referred to a small committee selected by party boss Frank Seddio (with nominal reform club representation) for consideration.
NKD and our allies worked hard to pressure all stakeholders to support these common sense reforms, and at the July 2017 meeting of the County Committee we learned that we had succeeded in achieving reforms, though with some dilutions. Once again, we showed the power of persistent organizing toward making our Brooklyn Democratic Party more transparent and accountable.
Despite this success, the need for further reform was highlighted just weeks later, when party boss Frank Seddio selected the candidate for an open state Senate seat in a thoroughly undemocratic process that ignored the will of voters and County Committee members. In advance of the January 2018 meeting of the County Committee, we proposed a common sense reform to require a vote of the County Committee for choosing a candidate to fill a vacant public office seat, in the event that a primary election is unfeasible. This proposal was developed by NKD's Policy Committee, and endorsed by our members. Stay tuned for updates, as we wait for the County Committee's Rules Committee to consider our proposal. In the meantime, get in touch with your District Leaders to express your support for this reform!
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