2018 Caucus & Convention Cycle

Standalone Legislative District Caucuses

Hello fellow chairs,

As you plan for your Legislative District Caucuses it is important to understand why we have these caucuses. While all democrats are welcome to participate in their legislative districts, many of our constituents do not have the circumstances or ability to engage with the Democratic Party as members. To best serve the voters, it is important for our party to be responsive to the changing needs and desires of the public and align our priorities and our candidates with those needs. Legislative District Caucuses are convened every two years to elect representatives from each legislative district to participate in the State Convention held on June 16, nominate candidates for partisan office (as required), and, optionally, review and revise our LD platforms. This gives an opportunity for all democrats, regardless of their participation in the party, to have a voice in the the direction of our party.

A key component of our planning is prioritizing outreach to all voters and especially to groups that have been marginalized historically so that we can best represent and protect these groups interests. Your success in doing so will depend on how well you engage with these groups not only during the caucus, but leading up to it. Here you will find a variety of information and tools to make your efforts successful. If you have any questions or notice anything missing, click the Email Us button below and we'll be happy to help!

Micah Rowland
Chair - WSDCO (acting)

Important Dates

  • Membership
    • Elect delegates to the state convention standing committees
      • Section VII.E.5
  • ¬†Organization
    • Begin Affirmative Action Publicity Campaign
      • Section VII.B.2

Standing Committees

To help plan and execute your county convention, these three committees must be established. If you have an Affirmative Action committee in your legislative district already, you will need to place at least one member of that committee on the credentials and rules committee. Selection the chairs and members of these committees should be completed no later than February 22nd. All committee members and chairs are to be selected by a vote of your membership. Please refer to Section V of the Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan for the official rules.

Credentials

The Credentials Committee is responsible for planning and overseeing the credentialing process.

Members of this committee should be selected with the following recommended qualifications in mind:

  • Demonstrated commitment to accuracy, inclusivity, and transparency
  • Ability to create digital and physical systems that work for local parties with diverse needs and memberships and ability to work under pressure and tight time constraints
  • Prior credentials committee experience, at the local or state level and a working knowledge of credentialing process

Platform

The Platform Committee is responsible for considering and reviewing resolutions and drafting a proposed platform. *

Members of this committee should be selected with the following recommended qualifications in mind:

  • Working knowledge of the existing party platform
  • Working knowledge of the current resolutions process
  • Experience drafting successfully passed clear and concise resolutions at the local or state level
  • Possess prior platform committee experience, at the local or state level

Rules

The Credentials Committee is responsible for planning and overseeing the credentialing process. This includes the verification of county residency of your attendees as well as the actual sign in process.

Members of this committee should be selected with the following recommended qualifications in mind:

  • Demonstrated parliamentary experience
  • Working knowledge and understanding of State Charter, By-Laws and DSAAP Rules
  • Prior rules committee experience, at local or state level
  • Working knowledge of credentialing process

* Adoption of Legislative District platforms is optional. If you plan to do so, form a platform committee ahead of the caucus to help streamline the process.

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