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Our Endorsement Process

Congressional Candidates

Candidates for Congress seeking to receive the endorsement of Ulster People should fill out our CD-19 Endorsement Questionnaire and submit a resumé and candidate bio. Our screening committee will contact you following receipt of the questionnaire to schedule an interview. The committee will make a recommendation based on platform support and viability as a candidate.

Final endorsement decisions are determined by a vote of our voting membership. Our decision may be made in collaboration with other chapters of NYPAN and Our Revolution.

Download CD-19 Questionnaire

State and Local Candidates

Candidates for state and local office seeking to receive the endorsement of Ulster People should fill out our State & Local Endorsement Questionnaire by Monday, April 16, and submit a resumé and candidate bio. Our screening committee will contact you following receipt of the questionnaire to schedule an interview. The committee will make a recommendation based on platform support and viability as a candidate.

Final endorsement decisions are determined by a vote of our voting membership. In races in jurisdictions which include other chapters of NYPAN or Our Revolution, our decision may be made in collaboration with those groups.

Download Questionnaire

Statewide Offices
As a chapter of the New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN), Ulster People is not permitted to make an endorsement contrary to NYPAN for statewide races. NYPAN endorsements are determined by a vote of NYPAN’s Board of Directors, on which Ulster People has two representatives (and thus two votes).

Prior to a NYPAN endorsement vote, Ulster People’s NYPAN representatives circulate completed NYPAN candidate questionnaires to voting members and consult membership for guidance on how to cast their votes.

After NYPAN makes an endorsement decision, Ulster People may consider a resolution to support NYPAN’s statewide endorsements at the next meeting of voting members. Ulster People is not required to do any work on behalf of campaigns we don’t support, regardless of NYPAN’s endorsement.

About Ulster People for Justice & Democracy

“We need to start engaging at the local and state level in an unprecedented way. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers helped us make political history during the last year. These are people deeply concerned about the future of our country and their own communities. Now we need many of them to start running for school boards, city councils, county commissions, state legislatures and governorships. State and local governments make enormously important decisions and we cannot allow right-wing Republicans to increasingly control them.”

Bernie Sanders, June 16 2016

Ulster People for Justice & Democracy is platform-based political organization, unaffiliated with any party, that evolved out of the grassroots group Ulster County Volunteers for Bernie (aka Ulster4Bernie).

As Ulster4Bernie, we coordinated the petitioning effort in CD-19 to get Senator Bernie Sanders on the NYS Primary ballot and secured more signatures than any other Congressional District in New York (February, 2016) and sent two delegates for Bernie to the 2016 Democratic National Convention (July, 2016). We then elected one of those delegates to represent the 103rd Assembly District on the New York State Democratic Committee (September, 2016).

Now as Ulster People for Justice & Democracy, we aspire to bring the energy, enthusiasm and practical experience honed on the Bernie campaign to answer Bernie’s call to “start engaging at the local and state level in an unprecedented way.”