Open Seat Project

In 2009, MYD launched the Open Seat Project with the goal of electing young progressive New Yorkers to vacant County Committee seats in Manhattan. We like to think we’re building the future leadership of the Democratic Party in New York City and beyond, one County Committee seat at a time.

There are thousands of County Committee seats and hundreds of those are vacant every year. The Open Seat Project recruits, trains, and helps young progressive New Yorkers get elected to these seats. In the project’s inaugural year, we successfully filled 68 County Committee seats with young progressives, ensuring our membership had a voice and official role within the party structure.  Most recently, we successfully put 80 young Democrats on County Committee in 2013.

Open Seat Project is especially focused on recruiting women, minorities, and members of the LGBT community who are dramatically underrepresented in elected office. We want the Democratic party — and ultimately, the leadership of our city, state, and nation — to be more reflective of the electorate.

If you are interested in learning more about Open Seat or how to become a candidate, email William Smith at [email protected], and you can sign up for Open Seat directly by filling out the form below.  If you don’t know what Assembly District or Election District you reside in, you can find out by going to the NYC Board of Election’s Poll Site Locator, but not to worry if you have trouble — we can fill out that information for you.