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How to become a voting member of SCDP

Many of you have expressed interest in becoming an elected/voting member of the Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP).  The way that most people become an elected/voting member is to become a Precinct Committeeman or Committeewoman.


To help you decide whether this is something you would like to do, we have put together a brief guide (below) which contains answers to questions we get asked most often.


JoAnne DeVries



Kevin Griffith

Vice Chair


Mike Shlasko

State Committeeman


Mary Clupper

State Committeewoman


Barbara Desmond



Barbara Katz


What is a precinct? 
Think of a precinct as your general neighborhood. A precinct is the smallest political geographical unit maintained by the county for voting purposes..

Who can be a Precinct Committeeman/woman? 
All that is required to be a Precinct Committeeman/woman is to be a registered Democrat in your precinct and to be willing to be in contact with voters in your precinct.

What is the minimum time commitment?
There is no minimum time commitment.  We ask that you reach out to your neighbors on a regular basis – with our help — and build a team of volunteers who will be available at election time to reach out to our voters.

How does someone become a Precinct Committeeman/woman? 
The bylaws of our party require that anyone who wants to become an elected precinct committeeperson must attend a meeting of the SCDP, be introduced to the membership, and then file an application with our Membership Committee. Prospective members must attend a second meeting at which their application will be acted upon, must be elected by a majority vote, and must then take an oath of office prescribed by the Florida Democratic Committee. (SCDP Bylaws – Article IV/Category I/Section A)

What are some Precinct Committeeman/woman responsibilities?
The main job of a Precinct Committeeman/woman is to serve as the link between our local party and the voters in your precinct.  There are a number of ways you can do this – and the party will help you with all of them.  We provide regular trainings and always have leaders available to answer questions.

Attending the SCDP monthly meeting will keep you up to date and informed.  We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, usually at the Waldemere Fire Station, but the location and date may vary occasionally, so check our CALENDAR to be sure. And have we mentioned that being a Precinct Committeeman/woman can be a wonderful way to meet like-minded people in your community – and that it can even be fun?

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Precinct Committeeman/woman, please contact me at and I will connect you with your Precinct Area Leader.

We need you — now more than ever.   Our new motto:  Don’t Agonize . . . Help Us Organize!


JoAnne DeVries, Chair
Sarasota County Democratic Party