PCOs and members are invited to join us — virtually — for our 2021 reorganization meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at 7:00 PM via a Zoom meeting. Register for the Zoom meeting here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsf-mhqjouGdeikvdbyZ2U-nhAReVfZ2C0.
What is reorganization? Each Democratic organization in Washington State — county, legislative district and state — serves for a two-year term. At the end of each even-year election cycle, each organization dissolves its Executive Board and holds elections to fill every slot. This is known as reorganization.
Who participates? Elected PCOs* are eligible to vote for all 5th LD Executive Board positions at the reorg. Certain Executive Board positions, and all Standing Committee Chair positions, are elected by the members of the 5th LD Democrats (for more detail about open positions and who votes for them, see here); if you paid 5th LD membership dues for 2020, your membership remains active through the reorg meeting. *Note: Elected PCOs are PCOs who filed in May and were either elected or unopposed in the August primary election and sworn in as PCOs effective Dec. 1, 2020. If you are a PCO who was appointed during a 5th LD meeting but did not file for election in May, your term expired on Dec. 1, 2020, and you are not an Elected PCO at the reorg meeting; however, you can be re-appointed as a PCO after reorganization.
How do I run for a position? Any Democrat who is a resident of the 5th LD may run for any seat on the Board. Learn more about available roles here. Those interested in running for Statutory/Delegate roles and Bylaw roles must submit nominations in advance of the reorganization meeting. Those interested in running for Standing Committee roles can either submit their name in advance or be nominated from the floor during the meeting. You may (but are not required to) submit a picture and/or written candidate statement of 200 words or less; we will post candidate statements on our website here. Submit your name, the position(s) you want to run for, and your candidate statement (optional) to [email protected] by Dec. 30, 2020. Candidates in contested races will have 2 minutes to address the meeting to campaign for the position being sought (with the option to yield all or part of their time to other speakers). If any candidate has concerns (technology-related or otherwise) about being able to speak during the virtual meeting, please reach out to [email protected] as soon as possible.
What can I expect at the meeting? Find the Proposed Agenda for the meeting here and the Proposed Meeting Rules here. Information about the candidates seeking office is available here. If you have any questions, or need any accommodations to be able to participate fully in the meeting, please send an email to [email protected] and we will get back to you shortly.
Proposed Amendments to Bylaws and Standing Rules for Endorsements: As noted in our Proposed Agenda, we will be considering amendments to our Bylaws and standing rules for endorsements (Endorsement Procedures) at the reorg meeting. The proposed amendments have been prepared by the Bylaws and Rules Committee and are available for review at the links below. A summary of the proposed bylaw changes is available here and a summary of the proposed Endorsement Procedure Changes is available here. Any member may propose additional or alternate changes; changes must be submitted in writing to [email protected] by January 2, 2021. We may present the package of revisions for approval in a single vote, but any member may request that specific changes be separated and voted on separately from other proposed changes; any request to vote separately on specific Bylaw or Endorsement Procedure changes must be submitted to [email protected] by January 2, 2021 (so that we have time to prepare the necessary voting links). Approval of Bylaw amendments will require a 2/3 vote by the Elected PCOs (as described above) in attendance at the reorg meeting. Approval of revisions to the Endorsement Procedures will require a 2/3 vote by the Elected PCOs in attendance at the reorg meeting, or a 2/3 vote by the voting members in attendance at the reorg meeting (if not first approved by the Elected PCOs).