Brooklyn Dems’ district leaders form Judiciary Committee
Will enhance engagement in judicial elections
The Brooklyn Democratic Party plays a pivotal role in the nominations, endorsements and eventual elections of New York State Supreme Court Justices, Civil Court, and Surrogate Judges. Both the Republican and Conservative parties in Brooklyn also have District Leaders, but Brooklyn is so heavily registered as a Democratic stronghold, the Brooklyn Dems currently “call the shots.”
The party’s new Ad-Hoc Judiciary Committee, composed of five Brooklyn District Leaders, aims to positively transform the process; engaging the community at all levels in these vital elections that have a lasting impact on Brooklynites.
Besides knowing that judicial candidates are highly-qualified Democrats, “voters typically have little sense of who these judges are on a personal level—how they’re involved in the community, and if they understand voters’ diverse cultural needs and challenges,” says Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, who formed the Ad-Hoc Judiciary Committee.
“Voters really want to know if an Assemblymember, Congressmember, or any lawmaker, understands their community. They want to ask questions, not just read qualifications—and we’re making that involvement the new standard with judicial candidates.”