Join the Dorchester County Democratic Party
Please help us turn Dorchester Blue in ‘22
Every four years, the Democrats of Dorchester County elect the members of the county-level Democratic Party, formally known as the Dorchester County Democratic Central Committee (DC DCC). This year, all the seats for the 2022-2026 term are open and we welcome new members.
In addition, we currently are seeking interim members to help us with the current election cycle, serving from May to November 2022. The process for joining the Committee differs somewhat for these different terms:
Interim Members: Fill in this online application form by April 23, 2022. Appointments will be made at the regularly scheduled May 11 public meeting of the DC DCC. Newly appointed members will serve from May 11 through November 3, 2022.
Elected Members: For the four-year seats, you must run in the 2022 Democratic Primary. You pick up filing papers from the Dorchester County Board of Elections, fill them out, and submit them by April 15, 2022. This will get your name on the ballot for the July 19th Primary. If elected, your term will officially start the day after the General Election (i.e., Nov 4, 2022) and run through the 2026 General Election (Nov 3, 2026).
Ideally, interested Democrats will apply for both the interim and elected terms!
DC DCC members must have the following qualifications:
Resident of Dorchester County.
Energy, resourcefulness, time, and perseverance to support Democratic candidates and causes.
Leadership ability, good communications skills, collaborative qualities are a plus.
Whether you run or don’t run, we’d love your help as a volunteer. The newly drawn district will require a concerted effort on all our parts to elect a Democratic Congressional Representative this year!
For more information, contact the DC DCC Chair, at DorchesterDems@gmail.com for more details or any questions you may have.
About the DC DCC
What the DC DCC does: We exist and organize to elect Democrats to seats governing Dorchester County, up and down the ballot. We do that by recruiting candidates, presenting them to voters, and after the primaries, throwing our full support behind the Democratic slate. We organize Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) activities such as house parties, candidate meet-and-greets, sign distribution, mailings, flyers, etc. You may have seen our Blue Waves along Route 50 in the summer to show the world that Eastern Shore Democrats are a vibrant force for change!
When we’re not actively engaged in campaigns, we work to support our party’s principles of social equity and justice across the realms of health care, education, child and elder care, housing, criminal justice, and the environment. We’ve been quite engaged in marches and vigils related to Black Lives Matter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the January 6 insurrection. We are currently focusing on strengthening governance in both the City of Cambridge and Dorchester County.
Structure of the DC DCC: We have 14 members, 10 distributed across Dorchester’s Council Districts and 4 at-large. As we are gender balanced, this means the Committee comprises a man and a woman from each of the five council districts, and two men and women at-large. We will be proud to seat gender non-binary individuals in any of those seats. The work is entirely voluntary.
Responsibilities of DC DCC members: The DC DCC meets at least once monthly to review priorities and progress. Members are also active with outreach activities such as generating content for the Committee’s various communications platforms, working with representatives of neighboring counties and the Maryland Democratic Party to coordinate activities; recruiting and leading volunteers; as well as managing finances and fundraising. At election time, all hands are on deck to get out the Democratic vote. Formal roles include Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. We also have subcommittees for communications, GOTV, networking, fundraising, and data management. Responsibilities also include:
Attend all meetings of the DC DCC; attend outside meetings as needed.
Serve as an officer and/or chair a sub-committee.
Take part in all activities scheduled by the DC DCC; join outside activities.
Make annual and occasional contributions to the DC DCC within your means.
Represent the Dorchester Democratic Party as requested by the Chair.
Structure of the DC DCC: We have 14 members, 10 distributed across Dorchester’s Council Districts and 4 at-large. As we are gender balanced, this means the Committee comprises a man and a woman from each of the five council districts, and two men and women at large. We will be proud to seat gender non binary individuals in any of those seats.
For more information:
Contact the DC DCC Chair, at DorchesterDems@gmail.com for more details about that event or any questions you may have.