The most constructive way you can change politics is to become a Precinct Committeeperson (PC) in the Democratic Party. PCs are the grassroots of the party. They represent the party to the public and PCs elect the party’s leaders. Call our office to arrange a private meeting with one of our leaders to learn about becoming a PC. 928-214-0393.
“The most important job I ever held was Precinct Captain,” ~ Harry S. Truman
The Three Cs of Being a PC
- PCs are representatives of their neighborhood in the Democratic Party. You provide a voice for the concerns and opinions of your neighbors and establish local connections and trust.
- PCs are a community sharing ideas, values, and energy working together to bring the Democratic Party’s vision to your neighbors and friends.
- Being a PC means you are committed to taking action towards creating a strong and vibrant party that supports and embraces your vision of good politics.
- PCs are committed to 2022 and beyond. Working together now, we will register new voters, get out the vote, strengthen democracy, and elect Democrats who will move this country forward.
- PCs advocate from within the Party for the change we want to see. We seek diversity of opinion and welcome progress.
- PCs believe the Democratic Party is the best vehicle to improve and change politics and preserve democracy.
How to Become a PC
Under Arizona law, a Precinct Committeeperson can be an elected or appointed position.
PCs are elected every two years as part of the August primary election process. Candidates must complete an Affidavit for Nomination and collect signatures (never more than 10) from Democrats in their Precinct. For every three Elected PCs, the County Party PCs elect one State Committeeperson to represent Coconino County Democrats at the State Party Meetings. Note: The election process for PCs serving in the 2020-2022 cycle is complete.
Appointed PCs are interested Democrats that are recommended by the Coconino County Democratic Party to the County Board of Supervisors, which appoints the individual after verifying voter registration and Precinct residency. Appointed PCs may serve in all capacities available to elected PCs except they cannot vote in officer and state committee elections nor run for party office at the biennial reorganization meeting.
The Work Done by PCs
The fundamental jobs of a Precinct Committeeperson are to carry out the mission of the party to elect Democrats to public offices and to communicate to the Democrats in your precinct the activities of the party and information about its candidates after they have been nominated in the primary election (or before that if they are running unopposed in the primaries). Working to “Get Out The Vote” can be done in a variety of ways but every PC should be prepared at a minimum to canvass in person or by phone after being oriented and trained by experienced workers. PCs perform some or all of the following work:
Help Democrats in your precinct vote.
- Register Democrats who move into their neighborhoods
- Help Democrats on Election Day by making sure they know where their polling place is and that they have a way to get there.
- Sign up registered Democrats to the Permanent Early Voting List so they receive their ballots in the mail.
- Recruit additional PCs and volunteers.
Attend meetings and events held by the Democratic Party and socialize with like-minded people.
- Attend our Monthly organizing meeting, including those that coincide with the Quarterly Business Meetings
- Be informed about the issues and represent our party to your friends and neighbors
- Help with tabling for voter registration and information at community events.
- March in the Independence Day parade.
- Enjoy the Roosevelt/Kennedy Dinner and help with other fundraising activities
- Participate in our outreach efforts.
- Get to know the candidates at our meetings and other events.
- Keep an open mind and be the eyes and ears of the Democratic Party.
- Elect the officers of the County Party and representatives to the State Committee at the biennial organizational meeting prescribed by law for the January following each General Election.
Support Democratic candidates and Democratic values.
- Call/Walk for Candidates
- Attend rallies/events for issues that concern you
- Write letters to the editor
- Host house parties for candidates
- Help with fundraising activities
- Weekly Orientation Meetings (currently Zoom)
- Monthly Action Meetings 2nd Saturday of the month at 10 AM-12 PM, at the Murdoch Center
- Read pages 1-2 of our bylaws