To: All Delegates and Alternate Delegates
Elected at the Jefferson County Democratic Precinct Caucuses
From: Bruce Cowan, Chair, Jefferson County Democrats
April 25, 2016
Here we go, people! As Chair of the Jefferson County Democrats, I am pleased to call you to our Jefferson County Democratic Convention Sunday, May 1.
You were elected at your caucus to show up as a delegate or alternate delegate on behalf of your precinct and your candidate in this next step in the nomination of our Democratic candidate for President of the United States. (If you will not be there, or must arrive after 1 p.m., please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org )
Place: Oscar Erickson Building, Jefferson County Fairgrounds
4907 Landes Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Time: 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Doors open at noon.
Please come early to sign in; doors open at noon.
We really appreciated your good humor and patience at the precinct caucuses. Let’s keep that going! Let’s enjoy our day together!
Here are the essential things to know. There is more at jeffcodemocrats.com
If you are a delegate, your basic responsibility is to show up, be counted, and elect delegates. If you are an alternate, your basic responsibility is to be on hand to fill in for an absent delegate.
The convention is more than that, and all delegates, alternates, and other Democrats can participate fully in the rest. Over the last month, many people have shared their good ideas with us, and we will be considering many of them when we vote on our platform and eight resolutions (see below).
Electing delegates to the CD Caucus and State Convention: We will allocate and elect 9 delegates and 5 alternates to go forward, five men and four women. They will represent Jefferson County Democrats at both the 6th Congressional District Caucus in Suquamish on May 21 (conflicts with Rhododendron Parade) and the Washington State Convention in Tacoma, June 17-19.
If you are thinking about being a delegate at the next levels: Any Jefferson County voter who considers him/herself to be a Democrat may self-nominate or be nominated as a delegate to these conventions. Please be certain that you are committed to BOTH conventions before your nomination. I have spoken with more than nine people who would like to go through the whole process and attend the National Convention in Philadelphia in July. One has bought a plane ticket. Now, that’s commitment!
The election will include one-minute speeches by candidates. To be elected, prepare your one-minute speech and start seeking support from your fellow delegates. Democrats encourage participation of ethnic minorities, women, youth, persons over 65, LGBTQ, Labor, Veterans, persons with a high school education or less, disabled, and persons of economic disadvantage. If this sounds like you, it could work to your advantage; work it into your speech and mark your candidacy form.
Read on to know what to expect
We are posting here all the convention documents. When you arrive at the convention, we’ll provide these documents in a printed packet.
Agenda: The agenda will be adopted early in the meeting. Our main business is to allocate/elect delegates, adopt a platform, and consider eight resolutions. The agenda will be posted at the website today.
Rules: The Rules Committee put together a set of rules that will let us take care of business in a reasonable time while giving the hundreds of participants the opportunity to participate.
Your voice is important. The last thing we want to tell someone is that they are “out of order.” Read the rules ahead of time to know how to speak up! If you are planning to bring something up about the platform, rules, or agenda, we’d like to work with you now to make that go smoothly. Call Bruce Cowan, Chair of the Jefferson County Democrats, at 360-774-6678 or write to him at email@example.com …
The Credentials Committee has been keeping track of delegates and working with the campaigns and state party to make sure that the right delegates and alternates are “seated.” They will also figure out the delegate allocation to Presidential candidates. They help with the process of nominating and managing the ballots for the delegate elections, our main purpose.
Our most accurate list of delegates and alternates is posted at jeffcodemocrats.com. We will continue to update it with name spelling corrections, etc., as we learn of them. We are aware of a few anomalies, and we have been in touch with each campaign about them. The Credentials Committee will deal with them in their report at the convention. If you notice any anomalies, please report them to the Credentials Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Communications: We need your help to reach all the people who were elected. We still need email contact information for a few. Check this list of delegates to see who we are missing. Many delegates are not opening their emails.
Ask your fellow delegates if they got this Call to Convention. It could have gone to their spam or promotions folders. Gmail users can learn how to allow our mail into regular inboxes by clicking the link at jeffcodemocrats.com If they don’t see this Call to County Convention from email@example.com, they should get hold of the Credentials Committee
Platform: We will consider a platform that shows everyone what the Jefferson County Democrats stand for. The Platform Committee took input through the caucuses and developed a proposed platform.
Resolutions: We have eight resolutions lined up to consider. We use resolutions to use our collective voice to address specific issues. A resolution calls on someone to do something. The Resolutions Committee considered all the input received. You can see their report at the Convention Documents link.
Thanks for reading to the bottom. Here’s to a great convention!