With less than two weeks to go before crucial delegate selection caucuses, prominent District elected officials announced the formation yesterday of a local committee to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Jesse L. Jackson in the city's primary election.

Although the primary is not until May 3, the nominating caucuses to place Jackson supporters on the ballot with him are to be held Feb. 6 at the Washington Convention Center.

"There were a lot of rumblings that we weren't moving rapidly enough," D.C. Council member Nadine P. Winter (D-Ward 6) said at a news conference held in Mayor Marion Barry's conference room at the District Building. Winter, who was named coordinator of the local effort, said the news conference was called in part to help quiet complaints of complacency and disorganization.

Jackson won 68 percent of the District vote in 1984. He did not attend the ceremony yesterday because he was in Boston preparing for a campaign debate, aides said. Eight of the District's 13 council members endorsed Jackson yesterday.

While Jackson is expected to carry the District again easily, a dispute has broken out among his supporters over whether to have prominent persons run on the ballot as delegates -- to help increase Jackson's total vote -- or to allow such ballot slots to go to less well-known but ardent supporters of Jackson who may have more time to work for him.

Supporters of Jackson, including Barry, Winter, Del. Walter E. Fauntroy (D-D.C.) and Council Chairman David A. Clarke, met in Barry's office for nearly an hour late yesterday in an attempt to settle the issue. Sources said the group also is still searching for a staff coordinator.

Anita Bonds, a Barry ally and city employee who resigned in 1984 to run Jackson's campaign here, said yesterday she would not take the job this year. Bonds, now general assistant to Barry, is barred by the Hatch Act from working on partisan campaigns while a city employee.

Some Jackson supporters have privately complained that the campaign's slow start has opened the door to two other Democratic candidates, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and Sen. Paul Simon (Ill.), to pick off some of the 11 delegates who will be elected in May.

"If you assume you have to do no work, you've lost," said Winter.

The District will send 24 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Of those, 13 will be appointed from among party and local elected officials, who would attend the convention as unpledged delegates.

The other 11 will be apportioned based on the number of votes each presidential candidate receives in the primary. The delegate slots won by any presidential candidate in May will then be awarded to the top vote-getters among his delegate nominees on the ballot.

"We're really serious about taking Jackson's national platform {of} jobs, peace and justice and applying it to local issues," said Bernard Demczuk, who is an organizer for the American Federation of Government Employees and a candidate to be elected as a Jackson delegate.

Other local elected officials supporting Jackson include council members Wilhelmina J. Rolark (D-Ward 8), Frank Smith Jr. (D-Ward 1), Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5), John Ray (D-At Large), Hilda H.M. Mason (Statehood-At Large) and H. R. Crawford (D-Ward 7).