Being a Precinct Captain is not just a name on a list, something to put on your resume, or a volunteer position that impresses your superiors. Like everything in politics, a good precinct captain program is relationship-driven. There is nothing more powerful than people organizing their own communities and building connections among their neighbors.
As Precinct Captains build relationships, they will recruit more people who share Democratic values and want to get involved. It also ensures maximum voter registration and participation.
General Responsibilities of a Precinct Captain
Regular attendance at the Central Committee Meetings. They are generally held on the 4th Thursday of the month, at least 6 times a year. This is an important aspect of your role as a member of the Central Committee. You get to vote on leadership, candidates and issues that will receive endorsement. Also, attendance keeps you current on important issues to share with your precinct. The more you know, the more effective you are in your community.
Be the conduit between your precinct and the MCDP. Find out the thoughts and concerns of your neighbors, advise them of meetings, important dates, and the messages of our endorsed candidates. Walk your precinct with candidates, or hold a house party to help candidates meet your neighbors. Help distribute palm cards, slate cards, and yard signs. You can contact your neighbors by door-knocking (the most effective connection), phone calls, emails or letters. Make sure that you provide your contact information and welcome new neighbors to your precinct.
A Precinct Captain should be able to answer questions about election laws, such as deadlines for registering to vote, how to register to vote, polling locations, early voting dates and times, and also be aware of local issues and candidates on the ballot.
Support the MCDP by becoming a dues paying member. Many memberships levels and payment plans are available. Also support our fundraisers throughout the year. Support and become a member of your local democratic club.
How to Become a Precinct Captain
We are a county of 360 precincts. If each of these precincts are filled with active and committed precinct captains, we can create a strong network of democratic outreach, education and recruitment. If becoming a Precinct Captain is right for you, we would love to welcome you to the Central Committee. As a member you will be provided with a binder, specific to your precinct, containing a map, a list of Democrats in your precinct, and pages of tips and contacts. Precinct Captain meetings and training are also scheduled.
You will also have the opportunity to become a member of one of our standing committees. These committees constantly work to improve all aspects of the Montgomery County Democratic Party.
There are two ways to become a member of the Central Committee:
- Every four years the party goes through a reorganization process. Anyone wishing to serve on the Central Committee must register with the Board of Elections to run in their precinct. To be eligible for a ballot, you must turn in 5 valid signatures of registered voters in your home precinct who are either registered Democrats or undeclared. These Central Committee positions will appear on the Primary Election Ballot.
- The second way to become a member of the Central Committee is to be appointed to either your home precinct, or an adjacent precinct, if your home precinct is already filled. Nominations to fill vacancies can be made by Ward Leaders, the Chairperson or by volunteering to serve through the Precinct Captain Committee. The Executive Committee approves appointments.
If you’d like to volunteer to serve as a Precinct Captain, fill out the form below expressing your interest and someone will contact you.
Please consider committing to this very important group. As President Harry Truman said, “The most important job I ever had was being a precinct captain.”