Bonneville County Democrats: Reorganization Meeting

Wish you could be more involved with the Bonneville County Democrats? Now’s your chance!

On May 22, 2018, we’ll be reorganizing. The newly-elected precinct captains will vote to instate new officers. Here’s the thing:

If you want to be an officer, you DON’T need to be a precinct captain.

That’s right: anyone can be an officer — as long as they’re registered as a Democrat. The County Elections office will notify us if you aren’t registered as a Democrat.

Right now, we have the following incumbents as officers:

Chair: Miranda Marquit
Vice Chair: Jim De Angelis
Secretary: Pat Tucker
Treasurer: John Conquergood
State Committeewoman: Collett Olson (stepping down)
State Committeeman: Dennis Sutton
Leg District 34 Chair: Lary Larson

We thank Collett Olson for her service and hope someone is willing to step forward and fill her seat. We are also looking for Legislative District Chairs for 30 and 33.

Realize, too, that you can challenge any incumbent. Just because a seat is filled, it doesn’t mean it’s off-limits. Come to the meeting and specify which position you hope to fill.

Bonneville County Democrats Officer Positions: Description and Roles

If you’re interested in running for a position, here’s what you need to know about each role. Officers are voting members of the Bonneville County Democratic Central Committee (see more in our bylaws) and are expected to attend as many Central Committee meetings and Executive Committee meetings as possible.

You must be nominated by a member of the committee, so let us know when you arrive if you’d like to be considered.

Duties of the Chair

The Chair represents the “face” of the Bonneville Democrats. They should be willing to make alliances, raise the visibility of the Dems, speak to the press, coordinate with the IDP, and appoint committee chairs and members. The chair also:

  • Serves as presiding officer at Central Committee meetings, and provides for a replacement (usually the Vice Chair) if they are absent.
  • Submits the budget, as proposed by the Budget and Finance Committee.
  • Does not vote in committee meetings, except to break a tie (the one exception is as a member of the Campaign committee).
  • Ensure that a financial audit is completed.

Duties of the Vice Chair

Basically, the Vice Chair comes to meetings and acts as presiding officer in the absence of the Chair. If the Chair steps down or is otherwise unable to perform the duties, the Vice Chair serves as Acting Chair until a new Chair is chosen. The Vice Chair provides help and support to the Chair.

Duties of the Treasurer

The Treasurer acts as custodian of funds and property acquired by the Central Committee and maintains financial accounts and records. The Treasurer also:

  • Prepares monthly budget reports.
  • Submits the required Sunshine Reports.
  • Leads the budget process.

Duties of the Secretary

The Secretary attends the Central and Executive Committee meetings and keeps notes and minutes. The Secretary should provide for a replacement when they aren’t there. Additionally, the Secretary is in charge of the preparation and distribution of previous meeting minutes and of meeting agendas.

State Committeeman and State Committeewoman

These two positions are to serve as liaisons between the County Central Committee and the State Central Committee. They are expected to attend State Central Committee meetings (or send proxies) and work to help strengthen the organization at the county level and the state level.

Legislative District Chairs

Serve as liaisons between the legislative districts and County Central committee. Because a leg district might be in more than one county, the chair should be prepared to help strengthen cross-county alliances and help support the counties involved.