Zach King is leaving his post as chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee. King, who steps down next week, will manage Rep. Joseph Morelle’s reelection campaign.
King was elected to the MCDC position in 2019, joining a young and diverse leadership slate that represented Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+ and white communities.
“When I was first elected, Democratic politics were mired in chaos and infighting,” he says. “While we have not grown past every difference of opinion, we have been able to make incredible strides together to move our party forward. Our work is far from finished, but I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished.”
During King’s tenure as chair, voters elected a majority of Democrats to the Monroe County Legislature and flipped two State Senate seats, among other wins. The MCDC also centralized its data management and coordinated local campaign efforts to provide additional support and tools to candidates and local committees, officials say. It revised organizational bylaws for the first time in 17 years.
King joined politics after Rep. Louise Slaughter’s office urged him to lend a hand with her reelection in 2016. He became a lead field organizer for her reelection committee, talking to voters and recruiting volunteers. King also ran Slaughter’s voter registration program, registering 2,500 voters. Slaughter won that election against Republican Mark Assini, with 55.7 percent of the vote.
Now, King has a chance to be involved in a campaign again.
“With national Republicans revoking freedoms and access to reproductive healthcare, refusing to take action on mass gun violence, and embracing extremists working to undermine our democracy, now is not the time to walk away from politics,” he says. “I can think of no more important fight than for the soul of our nation, and working to re-elect Congressman Morelle is the most direct way I can support this fight.”
MCDC will conduct its biennial reorganizational meeting on Oct. 1, at which time the next chair and other party officers will be elected. Stephen DeVay, executive vice chair, will serve as interim chair until then.