by Jessica Thurston
· May 26, 2019 8:11 PM
Visit our News Page to see if we have an endorsement vote coming up!
May 19: Lieutenant Governor & AD 64 District Leader Endorsement Votes
How to participate in an NKD endorsement vote
You must be an NKD member (paid your dues & attended 2 meetings or events in the last 12 months) to vote to endorse a candidate. You may pay dues here. Get in touch if you have questions about your status!
If you’re a member in good standing but are unable to attend the meeting, you may vote by proxy – here’s how:
- You may ask someone who will be attending the meeting to serve as your proxy
- A meeting attendee is only permitted to serve as a proxy for one member
- In order to cast a vote as someone’s proxy, the person who is giving their proxy must email [email protected] and CC you before the meeting.
- We will make note of this, and during the meeting, you will receive the email to vote on their behalf, which you must do according to the wishes of the person for whom you’re serving as a proxy
- Need help finding a proxy? Email [email protected] and we'll help.
by Jessica Thurston
· May 26, 2019 7:57 PM
One of the major ways New Kings Democrats works to bring transparency and accountability to the Brooklyn Democratic Party is by raising awareness of and supporting candidates who share these values.
Here, you can find information about NKD’s endorsement process and recent endorsements, as well as questionnaires submitted by past candidates and voter guides we have put together to highlight their ideas and beliefs.
NKD guidelines for members participating on political campaigns
We're committed to supporting participation, transparency, and democracy in electoral politics. We strongly encourage members to participate in campaigns, up to and including running for office themselves. Members are always free to ask each other, or members of the Executive Committee, for advice and support, as well as for the contact information of elected officials and leaders of other clubs.
However, we always lead with our values. As such, we've established some boundaries when political work involves candidates who have not been endorsed by the club.
The club's official resources should not be brought to bear on a campaign unless the club's membership has voted for an endorsement. This is particularly important for members of the Executive Committee, since they often represent the club.
- NKD members who are running for office or staffing campaigns that have not been endorsed by the club should not use NKD meetings with elected officials, candidates, or partner organizations to communicate about the campaign
- Campaign-related meetings or events should not be placed on NKD calendars
- Campaign teams should refrain from using NKD slack channels for internal campaign communications
- Non- or not-yet-endorsed campaigns should not have access to such NKD resources as NationBuilder-stored data or money
- NKD members staffing campaigns should not participate in the endorsement process for that specific race
If and when NKD endorses a candidate, the club’s standard endorsement process and outcomes apply, including NKD providing resources like money or volunteers to the campaign.
NKD Guidance for members of Executive Committee about political campaigns:
To avoid perceived or real conflicts of interest, and in the interest of their capacity, members of the New Kings Democrats Executive Committee should not be active members of a political campaign.
(Please note that the New York City Campaign Finance Board has specifically indicated that it may be a violation of local campaign finance law to hold a position on NKD's Ex Co while simultaneously holding a leadership role on a municipal campaign that has been endorsed by the club.)