Representative democracy is a fundamental component of the American system of government. Undermining
voters’ opportunity to choose their representatives distances the public from the policymakers who can shape
our daily lives. When Democratic Party leaders unilaterally anoint candidates without the participation of voters,
the whole system of lawmaking suffers. As such, New Kings Democrats support a reform of the Party’s system of filling
vacancies to the greatest extent permitted by law.
New Kings Democrats propose a reform of the Kings County Democratic Party rules to include the following:
- In the event a primary election is unfeasible, the nomination of the Democratic candidate for all vacant public offices in all political subdivisions that include any part of Kings County should require a vote of the County Committee.
- Notices for any special meeting of the County Committee to nominate a Democratic candidate for public office should be simple and must include names of all potential nominees.
- The County Committee’s vote for the Democratic nominee should bind the Chairperson of the County Committee to support the County Committee’s selected nominee.
- If the public office is County-wide, the Party’s nominee should be chosen through a majority vote of the County Committee in whole, rather than the Executive Committee.
To implement these goals, the following changes to Article 8, “Primaries, Conventions, Special Nominations and Organization of New Assembly Districts,” of the Rules of the Kings County Democratic County Committee should be made:
§5(a) is amended by striking “Executive” and inserting “County”:
(a) In the event that the vacancy occurs as to a public office to be voted for by the electors of the entire county, it shall be filled by the members of the Executive County Committee at a regular meeting or at a special meeting to be called for said purpose.
§5(c) is amended by inserting at the end “The County Committee Chairperson shall, with proper notice, hold a special meeting of committee members of the political subdivision in which the vacancy occurs and any nomination for that vacancy by the Chairperson shall be bound by the vote of those committee members.”:
(c) Vacancies occurring in nominations where candidates are to be voted for by the electors from
more than one county, shall be filled in the manner prescribed by the State Committee. The County
Committee Chairperson shall, with proper notice, hold a special meeting of committee members of the
political subdivision in which the vacancy occurs. Any nomination for that vacancy by the Chairperson
shall be bound by the vote of those committee members.