Are you ready to make a difference in our community? We encourage you to run for office! There are many local positions that are available.

Precinct Chair

Precinct chairs are the easiest and least difficult way to get involved. They are the backbone of each county’s Democratic Party. A Precinct Chair is the local representative of the Democratic Party and its candidates at the neighborhood, grass-roots level in each voting precinct.

What does a Precinct Chair do?

The primary job of a Precinct Chair is to increase the number of people voting Democratic in their precinct.

Do Precinct Chairs really help win elections?

Good ones can make an enormous difference. When you look at the election returns you can tell which precincts have active Chairs, by comparing them to ones next door with the same demographics but which just don’t turn out as well.

Is it fun?

Yes, if you are open, honest, and positive about who and what you are for. Many voters who are or would be Democrats have never had a live person knock on their door or call them to ask for their votes, and are glad to be contacted. Those who are Republicans or uninterested you can simply cross off your list and not bother with again. Very few are actually rude (and those are usually either Republicans or just political hermits). You’ll meet many interesting people and make new friends out of voters and fellow precinct chairs. And you get to know you are helping make a better world for all (yes, even for the ones who disagree with us).

How can I become a Precinct Chair?  

A person can be elected in the Democratic Primary, or chosen to fill an open spot by the county’s Democratic Party Executive Committee.  This is a two-year term and most candidates have no opponent in the Primary. If you are interested in becoming a local precinct chair, please contact your county’s democratic party or contact us (get link here) and we will provide you the information you need.

 

School Board

If you are passionate about children and education, being on the school board is for you! School boards usually have five members, elected at large (not partisan), and serve for 4 years. They usually meet once a month in the evening, which are open to the public.

What does a school board member do?

A school board member is charged with representing the community to establish a vision for the education program, design the structure and policies that create, maintain, and sustain continuous improvement academically, operationally, and financially.

How can I become a school board member?

  1. In order to run for the school board, you must first go to your county’s Board of Elections to get a packet that contains petition forms and candidate requirements.
  2. You must get your friends and neighbors in the city you are running for to sign your petition.
  3. You must send your petition back to the Board of Elections to verify the signatures and to be put on the ballot
  4. You must start talking to people in your city to show why they should vote for you.

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Where can I find more information?

Each city has their own website that points to the Board of Education. The emails and contact information for each board member is posted online, so you can contact them personally to learn more information. You can also contact Blue Ohio (insert link) and we will connect you to the correct resource and with other progressive school board members.

Additional links

  • http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/what-makes-a-great-school-board-member/
  • http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/school-board-candidates/

(More offices to come soon. -W)