Endorsement Process

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A New Kings Democrats (NKD) endorsement is more than a stamp of approval: it is a commitment of time, resources, and mutual support.

To receive an endorsement, our membership must be confident that you share our values of accountability, transparency, and inclusive democracy, while also aligning with our policy platform.

NKD will not endorse in every race, but we invite all Brooklyn, NYC-wide, and NYS-wide candidates to reach out.

Interested in our endorsement? Follow the steps below:

  1. Reach out. Email NKD’s Executive Committee at info@newkingsdemocrats.com with some background about yourself and the office you’re interested in. Matt Stern, our VP of Political Affairs, will reach out to schedule a call or meeting with you about your candidacy. These meetings will usually involve two or more members of our Executive Committee and/or Political Affairs Committee.
  2. Fill out a questionnaire (see below). This will let us know a little more about your campaign, where you stand on the issues important to us, and what you’d like to accomplish as an elected official. Completed questionnaires will be public documents available on our website, so put your best foot forward. If we ultimately hold an endorsement vote in your race, your questionnaire will be circulated to our membership before the vote as well.
  3. Attend a meeting. We encourage candidates to get to know us by coming to a meeting. Speaking time is reserved for scheduled endorsement meetings, however.

After meeting with and hearing from candidates, NKD’s Political Affairs Committee will make recommendations to the Executive Committee on the races for which we should hold endorsement votes. Though we will not hold endorsement votes in every race, we encourage candidates to keep in touch to build long-term relationships with our club.

At endorsement meetings, we distribute candidate questionnaires, invite all candidates to address our membership, and offer candidates the opportunity to answer questions from our members. Then, candidates step outside as our club discusses the race, holds a vote, and tallies the numbers. Final results are announced before the end of the meeting.

After endorsements, our club will reach out to coordinate support, including volunteers, for the selected candidates or their campaigns.

 

NKD’s Executive Committee reserves the right to change these procedures without notice, and in accordance with our bylaws.

 

Questions about our endorsement process? Email Matt Stern, our VP of Political Affairs.

 


  

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District Attorney Candidate Questionnaire

 

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