The following positions will be elected at our 2021 Reorganization Meeting. Any Democrat who is a resident of the 5th LD can run for any Executive Board position. As we choose these leaders, we strive to include persons from groups historically marginalized based on gender, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, and ethnic origin, and which reflects the district’s diverse geographical areas, cities, and towns.
Statutory/Delegate Roles These roles are elected by a majority of votes cast by Elected PCOs present at the reorganization meeting. Elected PCOs are PCOs who filed in May 2020 and were elected or unopposed in the August primary election and sworn in effective Dec. 1, 2020.
Legislative District Chair: The executive officer of the organization. The chair presides at all meetings, forms committees, and appoints committee members, and designates members to perform any duties deemed necessary. The Chair is a voting member of the King County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC) Executive Board and the Washington State Chairs organization in the state party. The Chair is also a member of the board of the Eastside Democrats PAC (which engages in collaborative fundraising activities for the 5th, 41st, 45th, and 48th LD Democrats).
First Vice-Chair: Serves in the absence of the Chair. In the 5th, the First VC typically plans and runs a few general meetings per year. Serves as an alternate to the Chair, and third general alternate, at the KCDCC Executive Board, and is encouraged to attend as many KCDCC Exec Board meetings as able even when the Chair can also attend (the First VC can still participate in discussion of resolutions and endorsements even when not voting). The First VC is also a non-voting representative of the organization to the Washington State Chairs organization (voting only if the Chair is not present and transfers voting power). In the 5th, the First VC typically also holds a committee leadership role, but this is not required. Consistent with the diversity targets of the WSDCC and KCDCC, the First VC should be of a different gender identity than the Chair, if possible.
State Committee Members (2 people, different genders): Serve as active district representatives to the Washington Democrats State Central Committee (WSDCC), which meets three weekends a year across the state (unless meeting virtually). May serve on state caucuses and committees. Report back to 5th LD membership about WSDCC activities.
KCDCC Delegates and Alternates (2 delegates of different genders + 2 alternates of different genders): Attend each meeting of the King County Democratic Central Committee Board and report back to 5th LD membership. Along with other business, the KCDCC delegates discuss and vote on resolutions and endorsements affecting King County. KCDCC meets once a month on Tuesday evenings. Alternates also have the ability to participate in discussions, even when not voting.
Young Democrats (1 delegate + 1 alternate): Represents the district to the King County and Washington State Young Democrats organizations and reports back to 5th LD membership. KCYD meeting frequency varies – generally semi-monthly on weekends. Must be under the age of 36.
Bylaw Roles These roles are elected by a majority of votes cast by 5th LD members present at the reorganization meeting.
Second Vice-Chair: Serves in the absence of the Chair and First Vice Chair. Assists in planning and running meetings and performing other duties of the 5th LD organization. In the 5th, the Second VC typically also holds a committee leadership role.
Secretary: Records the minutes of all General Membership and Executive Board meetings and prepares summaries for members.
Treasurer: Manages the organization’s funds, writes checks to pay organization expenses, makes periodic budget reports to membership, and ensures that the organization adheres to all applicable requirements of the Public Disclosure Commission (the state agency that tracks campaign financing).
Current/Suggested Standing Committee Chairs These roles are appointed by the Chair and approved by a majority of votes cast by 5th LD members.
Third Vice-Chair (with another committee leadership role): Serves in the absence of the Chair and First and Second Vice-Chairs. Assists in planning and running meetings and performing other duties of the 5th LD organization. In the 5th, the Third VC also holds a committee leadership role.
PCO: Coordinates and supports 5th LD PCOs, working with PCO leads from key geographic areas; leads PCO recruitment and training; liaison to campaigns of candidates endorsed by the organization and coordinates canvasses for endorsed candidates who meet criteria; typically designs and coordinates mailing of PCO postcards and 5th LD Dems Get Out the Vote (GOTV) mailers.
Membership: Coordinates efforts to recruit and engage new and existing members. Validates membership for voting purposes, which typically involves maintaining and updating a membership spreadsheet and physical credentials (for in-person meetings).
Communications: Produces content and manages distribution of information through communication channels including 5th LD Democrats website, email, Facebook and other social media.
Technology: Manages the organization’s technological needs, including maintaining website and email addresses and enabling virtual meetings and electronic voting as needed.
Endorsements: Coordinates the process of intaking requests and considering/ recommending candidates and issues for potential endorsement by the membership.
Rules & Bylaws: Maintains bylaws and standing rules, suggesting revisions for consideration by the membership as needed.
Platform & Resolutions: Coordinates the process of intaking proposals and considering/recommending resolutions and platform positions for potential adoption by the membership.
Legislative Action & Advocacy: Coordinates efforts to advocate for 5th LD positions and priorities with legislators and other elected representatives.
Environment: Monitors environmental issues and coordinates efforts to advocate for 5th LD environmental positions with relevant elected and appointed officials.
Fundraising: Coordinates fundraising efforts for the organization; serves as liaison to Eastside Democrats fundraising efforts.
Events: Coordinates 5th LD special events and volunteer participation in civic events such as parades and festivals; arranges facilities, booths, etc. as needed.
Diversity & Inclusion: Coordinates efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the organization, including recruiting, welcoming, and engaging diverse members that reflect and represent our community.
Young Leaders: Coordinates efforts to increase membership and engagement of voters under age 36; recruits and supports younger candidates for elected office.
*Members are welcome to suggest additional standing committee roles