Democracy for NYC (DFNYC) is committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean, and the national network of local coalition groups dedicated to the same.
We work both locally and nationally to ensure that fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates are elected at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for the issues that matter to our members and support legislation which has a positive effect in our communities. We promote transparency and ethical practices in government. We engage people in the political process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and enact change on the local, state, and national level.
You can download our bylaws here.
DFNYC is holding endorsement votes for the primary races in four Congressional Districts where members have expessed interest. They are:
CD 6 - Part of Queens, which has four candidates in the Democratic Primary: Elizabeth Crowley, Rory Lancman, Grace Meng and Robert Mittman.
CD 7 - Parts of Brooklyn, Queens & Manhattan, which has three: Nydia Velazquez, Erik Martin Dilan and Daniel O'Connor.
CD 13 - Parts of Manhattan & the Bronx, which has five: Adriano Espaillat, Joyce Johnson, Charles Rangel, Craig Schley and Clyde Williams.
CD 18 - Putnam & Orange, plus parts of Dutchess & Westchester Counties, which has five: Matt Alexander, Rich Becker Duane Jackson, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Tom Wilson.
You will also have the opportunity to vote on endorsements in the races for US Senate (Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's seat) and President of the United States.
In the Senatorial race, there is one Democrat: Sen. Gillibrand; three Republicans: Wendy Long, George Maragos and Bob Turner; one Green: Colia Clark; and one Independent; Scott Noren, a progressive Democrat running as an Independent.
In the Presidential race, there is one Democrat: President Barack Obama; one Republican: Mitt Romney; three Greens: Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein; and one Justice Party candidate: Rocky Anderson.
You can vote to endorse any of the candidates (if you do that it will be counted towards an endorsement of the winner in the party in which you vote), write in your own candidate, vote that DFNYC Not Endorse At This Time, or vote to Abstain.
Please follow the instructions on the ballot and either mail in your vote or bring to our big linkup on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012.
The following candidates have submitted answers to our official questionnaire, you can find those here: