Dear Editor,

Do you want to have a greater voice in politics? A great way to do this would be to run for your local Democratic Party Committee (or Republican Committee if so inclined). A Democratic Party Committee Man and Woman are elected every 4 years, including at this year’s Primary on May 15, to represent each Pennsylvania voting district (precinct) of no more than a few hundred voters. All registered Democrats are eligible to run, and only 10 signatures from Democratic voters in one’s voting district to be submitted by March 6 are required to get on the ballot. Sometimes positions are not even filled, and often the elections are not contested.

Your current Committee member might not be running again or even be happy not to run in order to give someone else the opportunity. Committee members are asked to attend occasional meetings, vote to endorse candidates, and sometimes vote to determine the Democratic Party nominee in special elections. Otherwise, members may become as involved in political issues and campaigns, including interacting with voters outside polling places, as desired. Being on the Committee is a great way to connect with other politically active people, including candidates for most local and state and many national offices. For more information about the Committee, including how to obtain and submit signatures and how to contact your local Committee Members and ward chairs, you may call the Allegheny County Democratic Committee at 412-481-5646 or go to the website!

Ed Wrenn

Pittsburgh Ward 14, District 10 Democratic Party Committee member

 

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