Tips and Resources for Running for Office
- Why do you want to run?
- Is your family ready for you to run?
- Can you financially afford to run?
- Do you have the time to run?
- Are you willing to ask people for money?
Is This The Right Race and Right Time?
- What does the field of candidates look like?
- What kind of election year is it?
- How did the district vote in a similar election year?
Is This The Right District?
- What is the Democratic performance? What is the base level of votes a
- Democrat can anticipate receiving?
- What is the profile of the district and can/do you fit?
- How much does it cost to run here?
Expand Your Political Engagement
Consider this. In the midterm elections between 2002 and 2014, New York State averaged 35% of eligible voter turnout. In 2014, that number dropped to 29% of eligible voters, putting New York 49th in the nation.
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Follow and read NYS political reporters – here is an ever-evolving and incomplete list:
- Town meetings
- Neighborhood associations
- Organized party politics
- Community-based organizations doing the work important to you
Vote. In every election.
To help do our important work of funding, training, and electing pro-choice Democratic women to state and local office.
New York State Political Resources
- New York State Board of Elections
- New York Political Calendar
- Running for Office: Specific Laws and Procedures
- New York State Election Law
- New York State Board of Elections Contact Information
- New York State Constitution
- Information on Town and Village Courts
- New York Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook