Every one of the leaders of our party is elected, directly or indirectly, by the grassroots party members like you and me.
Members of the county parties elect county party leadership and delegates to the state conventions. Those delegates elect state party leadership and our state’s Democratic National Committee (DNC) members. The DNC members, in turn, elect our national party leaders.
Our party leaders work to recruit candidates to run for elected office, but it’s the party members themselves who, via primary election, ultimately select the candidates who will represent our party in general elections. Party leaders then support those candidates through organizing and fundraising.