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The Central Committee is the formal governing body of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and is composed of members who are elected every four years at the precinct level by registered Democrats. These members represent the people of their precinct to the Central Committee and serve as a link between the party, elected officials, and the precinct’s residents. To effectively meet these roles, central committee members should engage in a variety of political and community activities to promote the Democratic Party and its candidates.
Central Committee Members’ Responsibilities
As a Central Committee member, you have the following responsibilities:
- Attend the Leader Candidate Endorsement Screening Meetings.
- Organize your Executive Committee Members to ensure high participation rates in the endorsement process for your City / Ward.
- Encourage consistent periodic meetings for your Local Democratic Club.
- Be an informational resource and campaign liaison concerning your Ward / City for Endorsed Democratic candidates.
- Coordinate your even-year local party campaign activities with the staff from the County Party and State Party. Organize your City / Ward Democratic Party campaign effort.
- In conjunction with the Board of Elections, recruit Election Day Poll Workers where needed.
- Support the fundraising efforts of the County Party.
- Review the financial records of the Party.
- Notify the Executive Director of the party of any changes in address or phone number as well as any development that forces a member to resign.
Activities for Central Committee Members
To successfully maximize the Democratic vote in your precinct, you should engage in the following activities, as well as any other ones that you consider helpful for the promotion of the Democratic Party:
- Learn as much as possible about the party’s endorsed candidates to promote them to voters.
- Attend relevant training sessions held by the Party.
- Support the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party through your volunteer work, direct contributions to the Party or its endorsed candidates, or organize fundraisers for the Party or its endorsed candidates.
- Attend the meetings of civic organizations to discuss the key issues in the precinct and to promote the Democratic Party. Inform the appropriate elected officials of these issues.
- Recruit, organize, train, and manage team members and volunteers.
- Liaison between Democratic Party and community residents.
- Liaison between Endorsed Democratic Candidates and the community residents
- Distribute campaign material at meetings, events, and during canvasses.
- Work with team on phone banking, canvassing, and other events.
The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party will offer as much help as possible to perform these activities. We have detailed voter databases and information to make your work as easy as possible. Do not hesitate to call or email the Party headquarters at
Cuyahoga County Democratic Party 3615 Superior Ave, Ste 4401A Cleveland OH 44114
What is the Central Committee and what is the Precinct Committee?
They are the same thing! The Central Committee is made up of one Democratic per precinct and so it is sometimes referred to as the Precinct Committee.
What about the Executive Committee?
The Executive Committee is a subgroup of the Central Committee. The Executive Committee gets elected by the Central Committee next summer.
What does the Central Committee do? What does the Executive Committee do?
The first action of the Central Committee is to pick Party leadership. Officers and City/Ward Leaders are elected by the Central Committee following the May 2018 Primary. The Central Committee also appoints Democrats in the case of some vacancies in public office.
Most importantly, the Central Committee is the grassroots leadership of the Party (see Role & Responsibilities).
The Executive Committee makes endorsements in local races.
How do I become a Central Committee Member?
You run for it. Every four years in the primary election for Governor, the Democratic Party in Cuyahoga County picks its Central Committee members. The candidates for Central Committee appear as the last names on the Democratic ballot. The candidate with the most votes wins.
How do I become a candidate for Central Committee Member?
You circulate a petition, gather signatures from Democrats in your precinct, and turn in your petition to the Board of Elections.
When is the deadline?
You must submit your petition to the Board of Elections by February 7th.
HOW TO FILL OUT YOUR PETITION
1.Complete your Declaration of Candidacy
Fill in your name, address where you’re registered to vote, county, and “Democratic” Party.
2.Fill in your precinct
Use the first line if you live in a township. Use second line if you live in a city without wards. Use third line if you live in a city with wards.
You can look up precincts on Votebuilder or the Board of Elections
3.Complete the election date, Party, date you sign & signature
Fill out the election date (5/6/14) and the date you sign. These are different dates!
4.Complete your Party and name.
5.Gather at least 5 signatures from Democrats in your precinct
You can get lists from Votebuilder or the Board of Elections
6. Have the Circulator complete the Circulator Statement
If you are circulating your own petition this is you! If it’s someone else, be sure they are a registered Democrat before they circulate.
7. You’re Done! Turn it in.
Return your petition to the Board of Elections (2nd Floor, 2925 Euclid Ave, Cleveland) or check with the County Democratic Party to confirm your petition has been correctly filled out.