High School Democrats of America

Here Are The 2017 Executive Board Election Rules

Submit your Declaration of Candidacy form by May 20

WASHINGTON – High School Democrats of America (HSDA) Development Director Anthony Luongo unveiled revised Executive Board election rules for the 2017-2018 term and published an updated version of the Declaration of Candidacy form.

“The 2017-2018 year will be one of tremendous importance for HSDA,” Luongo said in a statement. “In these defining times, the Executive Board will be responsible for ensuring HSDA’s continued growth and success, and must remain dedicated to its role in training the next generation of Democratic activists.”

All individuals interested in running for the five available national board positions (chair, vice chair, communications director, programs director, development director) must fill out a Declaration of Candidacy form by the May 20 filing deadline in order for their names to appear on the ballot. Candidates wishing to officially withdraw their names have until May 23 to do so. HSDA bylaws prohibit write-in candidates or candidates running from the floor from being considered.

The revised rules, published here, are consistent with previous election guidelines and HSDA bylaws. This year, candidates may not announce their candidacies or begin campaigning publicly until May 1. Candidates are also prohibited from seeking endorsements from current HSDA National Staff and Executive Board members, and may not promise, discuss, or campaign on possible National Staff appointments before they are elected to the Executive Board.

The $60 spending limit per candidate over the course of the campaign remains unchanged. Candidates may run together as a slate if they mutually desire to do so, with the exception of those running for Development Director.

Members who are attending HSDA’s 2017 Strategic Summit on June 25-29, 2017 will have the opportunity to cast their votes in-person at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where results will be tallied, finalized and announced. However, all HSDA members will be able to vote by mail before Summit begins; instructions for this process will be released after the May 20 filing deadline.

An election packet with candidate biographies, platforms, and a complete listing of election rules will also be released prior to the election.

The Development Director reserves the right to impose penalties, including revoking a candidacy, if a candidate is found to have violated HSDA bylaws and/or the guidelines outlined here. Questions may be directed to Anthony Luongo at aluongo@hsdems.org.

High School Democrats of America (HSDA) is a national political organization that serves as an entry point to Democratic politics for youth activists from across the country. Members made more than 100,000 calls, knocked on nearly 45,000 doors, and registered nearly 6,000 voters in the 2016 cycle.


High School Democrats of America (HSDA) is an independent youth advocacy group and is not affiliated with the Democratic National Committee or the Young Democrats of America. For more information about the organization, please visit www.hsdems.org.