Elections & Endorsements

The PCDO holds endorsement votes for elected offices in the Spring before the June primary.

Endorsement votes take place at a general membership meeting and are governed by PCDO bylaws.

The endorsement vote for county and state elections will be scheduled to take place before the Mercer County Democratic Convention, which is usually held in March. Watch the PCDO website calendar for the dates of the meetings.  For members to vote, their dues must be paid two weeks in advance of the meeting. 

How to become a local candidate: Official municipal candidate petitions, completed with a certain number of valid signatures, are required by state law for a candidate to appear on the June Primary election ballot and must be turned in to the municipal clerk by the filing deadline, which is 64 days before the primary election. Petitions are available for download on the municipal website. The signature requirements, usually about 50, are also posted. Information about rules governing financial contributions and record-keeping are available at the NJ Election Law Enforcement  website.  Candidates should identify a treasurer as it is not legal to spend any money, including for a mailing for an endorsement vote, without naming a treasurer and filing proper forms.

To be considered for the 2019 endorsement by the PCDO, potential candidates should contact the president of the PCDO, at the latest, two weeks before the endorsement meeting. However, if there is going to be a contest, it is recommended that candidates start their "campaigns" for endorsement earlier. PCDO Bylaws allow each candidate one set of mailing labels and two opportunities to send email messages (as part of a group email) -- one prior to the PCDO endorsement meeting, and one prior to the June Primary.

Candidates will also have the opportunity to participate in the endorsement meeting in March in which each gives a short statement and takes part in a question and answer session.

Democratic Municipal Committee Chair and information:

Candidates should also contact the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee Chair. The municipal committee, which along with the other municipal committees makes up the Mercer County Democratic Committee, is the official arm of the Democratic Party, while the PCDO is a “club,” or unaffiliated party organization.  The municipal committee consists of one male and one female committee person per Princeton voting district, plus the chair and vice chairs of the committee.

Scotia MacRae is the chair of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee -- to contact her, click here or call 609-468-1720. The Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee holds its ballot placement vote, which takes place at a meeting following the PCDO endorsement meeting.  The Muncipal Chair recommends ballot blacement to the Democratic County Chair based on muncipal committee vote. By law the Mercer County Democratic Committee Chair determines primary election ballot placement, including which candidates are placed in the official Democratic Column. 

Candidates are encouraged to contact the municipal chair for a list of committee people or get one from the county clerk in order to contact the committee members before the vote.