What is a Democratic District Leader:


District Leaders perform the tasks necessary to get Democratic candidates on the ballot and run successful races to get elected.  First and foremost, they carry nominating petitions for candidates seeking to run for office, beginning at the Village level and including other local, state and federal candidates. Under New York's election law, a person who wants to run for a political office must in most cases gather the signatures of a certain percentage of registered voters for his/her name to appear on the ballot.  District Leaders go door-to-door in their Election Districts/neighborhoods to collect these signatures.

District Leaders participate in election campaigns in support of Democratic candidates by making phone calls, canvassing (going door-to-door) with candidate teams, distributing campaign literature, writing letters of support in local media, putting out yard signs, and posting on social media. They also promote Democratic voter turnout in all elections and act as a resource for important information about voter registration, poll site location, as well as information about candidates and news about local government.

Further, District Leaders work on General Election Day and Primary Day as Poll Watchers to ensure fair elections.  They monitor polling places as they open and close to see that voting machines are functioning properly, that legal requirements are adhered to, that voters are given correct information for casting their ballots, and to collect votes cast to report to interested campaigns.

District Leaders listen to residents of their district to learn issues important to voters and report those issues to the committee to provide action where needed. They attend fundraisers and volunteer for campaigns of endorsed Democratic candidates at the local, state and federal levels within the election district as well as provide support for candidates in key races outside the district.


District Leaders also participate in regular Village and Town Democratic Committee meetings to trade ideas with local elected officials about important issues, to vote on candidate endorsements for Mayor and Village Trustee, and to endorse Greenburgh Town, County, State and Federal Democratic candidates for primary and general elections.


Getting Involved:


The Dobbs Ferry Democratic Committee is comprised of 18 District Leaders who represent citizens in each voting district in Dobbs Ferry. We have regularly scheduled meetings that are open to the public to provide a forum for discussion on a broad range of topics.  We invite you to attend our meetings to share ideas, hear from our locally elected Democratic officials and candidates, and learn how to get involved with crucial races and important issues.

We also have occasional vacancies in District Leader positions.  Any resident of Dobbs Ferry who is a registered Democrat can apply to become a District Leader. A District Leader has an important role in local government and it provides a great opportunity to raise issues that directly affect your voting district. A short summary of the role of a District Leader is below. If you are interested in learning more, or are interested in attending a meeting of the Dobbs Ferry Democratic Committee please
contact us.