Open Seat 2013 is Here!


Once again, Manhattan Young Democrats’ biannual Open Seat Project is under way. In case you don’t know what that means, we are recruiting and training young, progressive Democrats (i.e. you) to run for New York County Committee. The Democratic Party in Manhattan is made up of over 2,000 of these County Committee positions, yet four years ago, it was discovered that about 900 were vacant – thus the Open Seat Project was created as a means to simultaneously address this structural deficit and channel the energy of progressive New Yorkers seeking to be more active in their political party.

In 2009, MYD’s first Open Seat Project successfully trained and elected 60 new members to County Committee. Two years later, that number rose to 90, and we are aiming to recruit well past 100 County Committee members this year. If you are interested in learning more about Open Seat or how to become a candidate, email John Bartos at, 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.

Can’t see the form? Click here.