Run for Committee Person

What is the first and best way to get involved in local politics in Philadelphia? Running for a committee person seat in your ward. 

Ward committee people are the political block captains of the local Democratic and Republican parties. Committee people represent their immediate neighborhoods--think two or three square blocks--and are elected every four years. The next ward committee election is May 2022.

Read our Ward Elections FAQ for more details

The first step in running for committeeperson is learning a bit about your current committee people. Search the map below to find your division and see how many candidates are running where you live, and the names of the balloted candidates.

The darker red the division is on the map, the more candidates have filed to run there. The darker green it is, the more open seats there are. To view this more easily, select "0" and "1" seats on the right-side window to view the divisions with open seats in isolation. You can also view more competitive races with 3+ candidates by selecting only "3" and "4" on the right. 

If 1 or 0 people are running in your division, that means there's an open seat, and you should consider running as a write-in!

Sign up here to get connected to ward election efforts in your neighborhood. 


Further Resources


Ward System 101

2022 Campaign Timeline

Door Knocking 101

Persuasion 101

Vote By Mail 101

'Get Out the Vote' 101

Write-In Campaigning 101




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  • alison perelman
    published this page in Action 2021-08-27 11:40:17 -0400