Due to some vacancies coming up in the Central Committee’s officer positions, there will be a special election at the regular meeting on November 19, 2018.
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.
In order to run as an officer, you must be nominated and seconded by members of the Central Committee. Come prepared with a statement as to why you want to run as an officer and your qualifications. Contact a member of the Central Committee to ask if they are willing to nominate you, and contact another member to ask if they are willing to second you.
Please note that some of the available positions will depend on shuffling happening that night. For your reference, here is a basic listing of the different officer positions. Come that night ready for interesting changes and the chance to play a bigger role and take on more responsibility.
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.
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.