The endorsement committee is guided by the following parameters. These guidelines are utilized only by the endorsement committee in making recommendations to the General Membership for endorsement. The General Membership is not bound by these guidelines and may ultimately vote to endorse any candidate, so long as that vote is in compliance with the organizational by-laws.
- We do not endorse candidates in non-contested Primary races. An exception can be made in races where it is important for a candidate to get early name recognition. We will endorse the candidate for the General election where they face a Republican candidate.
A candidate must complete one (preferably both) of the following to be eligible for endorsement:
- Return a completed questionnaire.
- Speak before the general membership at one of the candidate nights.
- A candidate can only speak once before the general membership during each election cycle.
- If the winner of the Primary was not the candidate Liberty City endorsed we do not reconsider the race in the Fall. An exception may be made if the winning candidate pursues our endorsement.
- We typically only endorse Philadelphia candidates. An exception can be made if a candidate running in a suburban race solicits our support (at the discretion of the committee).
- We cannot endorse a candidate running for judge if the Bar Association does not recommend them. Traffic Court is an exception.
- The endorsement committee meets on a monthly basis or as needed.
- Members make an 24 month commitment starting in January.
- All discussions within meetings are confidential. Leaking committee conversations to a candidate can be grounds for dismissal.
- If a member is closely tied to a particular candidate (ex: volunteers for a campaign, is appearing in campaign literature, etc.) it is asked that they fully disclose their involvement. They will be allowed to participate in discussions and voting.
- If a committee member is employed by a candidate they can participate in discussions but must remove themselves from voting. Nondisclosure may be grounds for dismissal.
- We only endorse candidates running on the Democratic Party ticket.