Bored? You Could Probably Be A Democratic Committeeperson If You Wanted To, And Likely Run Unopposed

citycouncilrunYou may recall that, recently, we implored the decent and the upstanding and the non-Machine-bound among you to consider running for an At-Large City Council seat. We hope that you at least thought about it. And though it may be a little too late now to get your Council campaign up and running in time for the May 20th election, if you wish to play some small part in Philly’s desperately needed political makeover, it’s not to late for you to run for Democratic Committeeperson — and depending where you live, you may even be able to to run as a write-in, unopposed. Use this handy map that shows where people are running for Democratic Committeeperson, and depending on where you live, you may be shocked to find that you may be the only person even thinking about it! Now we know what you’re asking? What does a Democratic Committeeperson do? That is a good question! According to our friends at Committee of Seventy:

Members of a political party’s Ward Executive Committee, better known as committee people, are their party’s representatives in each voting division. Committee people serve as a point of contact between the voters in a division and elected officials and their political party. Committee people are considered party officers – not public officials or government employees. There can be two Democratic committee people and two Republican committee people elected in each voting division.

Traditionally, however, Committeepeople (Committeepersons?) are the spokes in the very wheels that has become the slow, crushing zamboni that is Philly’s Democratic Machine, where Committeepeople traditionally bend their neighbor’s ears to vote for whoever Bob Brady and the unions have agreed upon. How’s that going? If you pay attention to the news, you already know it’s not going very well. Also, that is not really the textbook definition of “democracy.” At any rate, will you think it over? You seem like a nice person, with a good head on your shoulders. We could use someone like you (read:a few hundred of you) in a place like this.

  • Gwendolyn Snyder

    Erm, except petitions to run for committee were due three weeks ago.

  • philebrity

    Important note, though: One could still run as a write-in, and in such small divisions, winning is possible!