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CALL TO MEETING: Douglas County Democrats' Biennial Reorganizational Meeting

posted Dec 8, 2020, 6:29 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Congratulations and welcome, newly Elected Precinct Committee Officers and Friends,


To our newly Elected PCOs: Thank you for filing to run for your elected office in May 2020, for being elected in August, and now for serving as Elected PCO for your neighborhoods for the next two years.  By statute, your official term of office began on December 1, 2020, and will end on December 1, 2022. You are among 24 individuals who filed to become Democratic PCOs in Douglas County, which has 47 precincts.  Two elected PCOs have subsequently moved outside their jurisdictions and are no longer eligible to vote as Elected PCOs in this election.  (Note: we need your participation and vote at the reorg meeting on Saturday, December 12) 


Being a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) is one of the most important roles in our Party. As a PCO, you are on the front lines of winning elections up and down the ballot – from the School Board to the Senate. Here’s what PCOs do:
  • Working in a close relationship with the Local Party Organization, PCOs are the main point of information and contact for voters in their neighborhood and within the Democratic Party. PCOs are also a central part of our local Democratic organization.
  • PCOs vote to help fill vacancies in elected office, and lead their precinct caucus every two years.
  • Becoming a PCO is one of the most important roles you can play in helping Democrats win up and down the ballot in our area.
  • PCOs can be Elected (by running for office in a public election).  The county chairperson has the sole authority to fill PCO vacancies outside of an election.  A PCO can be Appointed by the chair (to fill a vacancy in their own precinct) or Acting (to fill a  vacancy in a neighboring precinct). 
  • Elected PCOs have the special and sole responsibility of electing Party leadership.  

A note about outgoing PCOs and Executive Board Members (Officers): We thank you for your service as members of the Democratic Central Committee for Douglas County.  We've been in the trenches together, some for much more than a decade.  Any success we reap today is due to the work you have done, and the work of those who came before.  We invite your continued involvement for the benefit of all of us.


To All Elected PCOs: This CALL TO MEETING is being made for the purpose of calling "electors" to elect local Democratic Party officers, who will serve for the next two years.  

  • WHAT: Douglas County Democrats' Biennial Reorganization Meeting
  • WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2020, 10:00 am -- 12:00 noon.
  • WHERE: All Elected PCOs must RSVP here:  https://forms.gle/RRTcJfQoicG1tJWTAYou will be sent a link to the Saturday morning Zoom meeting, on Friday, December 11. PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS EMAIL OR PCO RSVP LINK. 
  • WHO MAY VOTE:  ONLY newly Elected PCOs may vote in this election.   For this reason, newly Elected PCOs should make every effort to participate.    
  • WHO MUST ATTEND: All candidates whose nomination for office is submitted (All candidates must use this formhttps://forms.gle/vFaEZnaTu4FGJqR78 ) and received by Tuesday, December 8, 11:59 pm.  Because of challenges posed by virtual meeting environments, no nominations will be permitted from the floor at the meeting.  Each candidate must be nominated in advance.
  • WHO MAY ATTEND:  Any interested member of the community, including current PCOs, officers, Democrats.  We'll set up a live YouTube feed for the non-voting attendees to use. 
WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE REORGANIZATION MEETING?
  • Election of officers will be the only business conducted during the meeting.
  • Ballots, which will include names of all nominated candidates (either self-nominated or nominated by an Elected PCO), will be prepared in advance and distributed.
  • All voting members will receive additional information, distributed electronically, which will include a summary of candidates for each office with their respective statements, voting procedural information (ballots/unique voter ID’s), and any other relevant information.  
  • Watch for an email to all voting members (Elected PCOs) by noon on Friday, December 11, 2020.  

WHAT POSITIONS WILL BE ELECTED FOR 2021-2022?

  • Chair *
  • 1st Vice Chair *
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • State Committee member **
  • State Committee member **

 WHO CAN RUN FOR OFFICE:

  • Any Democrat who lives in the jurisdiction may run for office.  Candidates must be present at the meeting in order to be elected.  Non-PCOs must be nominated by an Elected PCO.  PCOs may self-nominate.  Only PCOs are eligible to vote.  All nominations must be made by 11:59pm on Dec 8 in order to be included on the ballot. Elected PCOs and all nominees will be sent a Zoom invitation, rules and voting instructions prior to the election on Dec 12.
  • Note for written short statements:  please submit 500 words or less for the position you seek.  Include information that may assist the PCO voters who do not know you in making an informed decision.  Relevant experience, skills, personal attributes/assets, Democratic Party involvement, political and community activities, DESIRE to be involved as a member of a dynamic, grassroots political organization!
  • Note for Nominating Speeches - Chair - 4 minutes or less; Vice Chair, State Committee Members - 3 minutes or less; Others - 2 minutes or less (time may be partially allocated to a nominating speaker, but may not exceed the total time allocated)
  • *Note for Chair and 1st Vice-chair - it is recommended, but not required, that these positions be filled by persons of different genders.
  • **Note for State Committee Members - 2 candidates will be elected, but they must be of different genders (i.e. 1 male/1 female OR 1 male/1 gender non-binary; OR 1 female/1 gender non-binary).
We look forward to seeing each Elected PCO and others at the reorganization meeting.  Please contact any member of the current executive board of officers if you have questions.

It has been an honor to serve as your elected leadership team.    

Karen Keleman, Chair, (509) 630-3055
Luther Beaty, Vice-chair, (509) 884-1282
Rebecca Cattin, Secretary, (509) 860-5873
Pam Morris, Treasurer, (509) 669-7608
LaVern Strawn, State Committee Member, (509) 470-1301
Don Spurlock, State Committee Member, (509) 264-7004

PS  Attached for your review is a good reference to what the state party does and what the role of the State Committee Member is.
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Douglas County Democrats,
Dec 8, 2020, 6:29 PM
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