We had a big win Monday night as the Manhattan Democratic Party voted to adopt a sweeping overhaul of its bylaws that I and others had been pushing for over a year. You can read a summary of the changes here.
Many are technical changes that, though admittedly a little dry, will go a long way towards improving transparency and making the party more “bottom-up” than “top-down.” These include changes to the notice and signature requirements needed to add items to the agenda that will keep rank-and-file members of the Democratic County Committee engaged and empowered. Most importantly, the change to the “inter-county vacancy” rule will close a loop-hole in the State election law that allows local Democratic Party leaders to overrule rank-and-file members in selecting Democratic nominees in elections without a primary.
I’m very happy with the changes, and am eager to get back to the hard work of helping the Democrats retake Congress! If you’d like information on when we’re planning on making trips and how to join, sign up for the Club’s “Midterms Action Alerts” here.