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This week I attended my local Democratic Party steering committee meeting, where we discussed the issues we’ll work on tonight in the general meeting of our Democratic Executive Committee or DEC. For those who aren’t already engaged in party activities, a DEC is your most local Democratic Party unit.

Your DEC is comprised of precinct leaders. In most states, these are elected positions. Candidates file with their county elections officials and, if a given precinct is contested, the candidates appear on the state (not presidential) primary ballot. Most states and DECs also have procedures for appointing new precinct leaders between election cycles. For example, in my DEC you must be a registered Democrat, attend three of our monthly DEC meetings, and sign a loyalty oath pledging to support Democratic candidates in any partisan election. If a prospective member meets those requirements, the DEC can vote to appoint the new member as a precinct leader.

Precinct leaders are responsible for voter contact in their precincts, and many also serve on DEC committees. Precinct leaders also elect their DEC officers, including their representatives to the state Democratic Party, usually called state committee-persons. These state committee-persons serve on state party committees, and elect state party officers including representatives to the Democratic National Committee.

If you are a progressive Democrat and want to see the Democratic Party be more progressive, help make that happen that by joining your local DEC. By serving on your local DEC, you can help reach voters and recruit and support candidates in your community. You can also vote for progressive officers to steer your local DEC, and for more progressive state committee-persons to nudge your state party. You may even decide to run for office yourself.

The Democratic Party is structured for “change from the bottom up.” If you want to see our party grow stronger and better … “be the change you seek.”