STANDING RULES

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Article I: General Membership Meetings

Sec. 1) Only candidates seeking our endorsement and who are not known to be members of another political party shall be heard at Candidate Presentations.
Sec. 2) Once an endorsement has been made for an elected office, candidate presentations are limited to those of the endorsed candidate(s), his or her surrogate, and candidates meeting the conditions of Section 1 who have not yet addressed the body.

Article II: Membership Dues

Sec. 1) Dues for The 30th District Democrats shall be due and payable after the February membership meeting of each year and shall be based on a calendar year (February to February).
Sec. 2) Dues may be paid in advance for the next full year as early as October of the current year.
Sec. 3) Annual Dues Schedule
Membership Level Dues Max Voting Members
Associate $10 (non-voting)
Student (13+) $10 (non-voting)
Living Lightly $10 1
Basic $25 1
Family $35 2
Governor's Club $50 2
Senator's Club $100 2
President's Club $250 2
Sec. 4) Dues paid on or after the month of July will be discounted:
  • Associate/Student/Living Lightly - $5
  • Basic - $15
  • Family - $20

Article III: Endorsement Procedures

Sec. 1) Candidates and ballot measures will not receive support from The 30th District Democrats unless they have received an endorsement by the general membership.
Sec. 2) A candidate seeking partisan office must file as a Democrat to be eligible for endorsement. A candidate seeking a nonpartisan legislative or executive office must declare themselves to be a Democrat. The Endorsements Committee shall not make any attempt to ascertain the political affiliation of judicial candidates.
Sec. 3) The Endorsements Committee will make no recommendations for early endorsements.
Sec. 4) Interviews for endorsement will be arranged after the election filing date.
Sec. 5) A candidate must complete and submit the most recent candidate questionnaire adopted by the Endorsements Committee and subsequently be interviewed by the Endorsements Committee before any vote is taken on the Committee's recommendation for endorsement.
Sec. 6) A candidate or ballot measure must receive a two-thirds vote of the Endorsements Committee members present and voting to be recommended for endorsement to the general membership of The 30th District Democrats.
Sec. 7) Endorsements made before the end of any filing period, whether the regular filing week in May or a special filing period, shall be considered early endorsements unless the endorsement is for a Democratic Party nomination or an appointment, and not an elected office.
Sec. 8) The 30th District Democrats' general membership will be given one month notice via the monthly newsletter of a vote on endorsement in a particular position. The Endorsements Committee shall not make known its recommendation on a particular candidate prior to the general membership meeting in which that recommendation is to be considered.
Sec. 9) No candidate, paid or volunteer staff, or family member of a candidate shall be eligible to serve on the Endorsements Committee or observe its post-interview deliberations. In addition, the previously specified individuals shall not be present at opposing candidate or ballot measure interviews.
Sec. 10) These rules shall not preclude a motion for endorsement from the floor of a general membership meeting of The 30th District Democrats. Such a motion will be held over until the next meeting for a vote.
Sec. 11) Endorsement Committee members will not share interview question or answers with anyone outside of the committee until brought to a vote of the general membership of The 30th District Democrats.
Sec. 12) Endorsement Committee members will be respectful of the candidates they are interviewing.
Sec. 13) Any Endorsement Committee members who have a conflict of interest with the interviewee will recuse themselves from the interview and may return after post-interview deliberations and voting have concluded.
Sec. 14) Any process sanctioned by the Washington State Democratic Party for nominating candidates supersedes if in conflict with these rules.

Article IV: Chairperson Roles and Responsibilities

All chairpersons are encouraged to work with volunteers in their respective committee to carry-out their duties. All chairpersons are encouraged to prepare an annual budget for review and approval by the board at the February session.

Sec. 1) Communications/Technology Chairperson
a. Prepare mailer of endorsed candidates to be sent out prior to the general election.
b. Update all communications and photography in a timely manner.
c. Prepare monthly newsletter and send to the membership. Send out emails reminding members of special events.
d. Coordinate photography at 30th Legislative District events and activities
e. Manage digital storage of key documents, contracts, passwords and other information needed for operations. Coordinate transfer of appropriate information between outgoing officers/chairs and incoming officers/chairs.
f. Manage digital archive.
g. Maintain and share with Chair and Vice-Chairs all appropriate information.
h. Share digital outreach materials with membership.
Sec. 2) PCO Coordinator (Article XI, Sec. 3)
a. Manage and keep up-to-date PCO database.
b. Recruit PCO's for precincts without a PCO.
c. Hold quarterly PCO training sessions.
d. Create a list of ways PCO's can help the organization.
e. Email PCO's to remind them of upcoming elections and encourage PCO’s to communicate with their precinct with literature provided by the PCO committee.
Sec. 3) Membership Chairperson
a. Keep a database of members by precinct.
b. Create a means to communicate with members reminding them of meetings and elections.
c. Keep a list of member attendance at monthly meetings and transmit to the secretary to certify quorum.
d. Greet new members and provide them with a 30th Legislative District welcome packet and introduce them to other members, officers, and chairs.
e. As requested, provide generic 30th Legislative District business cards for members.
f. Prepare a handout for recruitment of new members.
g. Prepare a handout for new members detailing committee work and how to volunteer.
h. Provide a membership card as dues are paid.
Sec. 4) Fundraising Chairperson
a. Advertise and hold raffle at monthly meetings.
b. Contact other legislative districts to learn about possible fundraising activities.
c. Seek / Plan fundraising activities.
d. Recruit volunteers for the annual South County Democrats Fundraiser.
e. Ensure all fundraising activities meet state regulations and guidelines.
Sec. 5) Hospitality Chairperson
a. Provide meeting refreshments.
b. Plan holiday party.
c. Assist with the coordination of the annual 30th District Democrats' summer picnic.
d. Coordinate the storage of all physical items at the storage unit.
e. Supervise setup and teardown at meetings.
f. Coordinate all food and refreshments at key events hosted by the 30th District Democrats.
Sec. 6) Outreach Chairperson
a. Recruit new members to the 30th LD and volunteers for 30th Legislative District events
b. Prepare monthly list of engagement events such as Action events, Campaign events, and Community events, etc.
c. Collaborate with parallel progressive organizations.
d. Plan and host 30th LD summer picnic in coordination with hospitality chairperson.
e. Collect and manage information of progressive-friendly businesses and organizations for collaboration opportunities.
f. Where possible, track 30th District Democrats' engagement at outreach events.
g. Coordinate pickup/drop-off of materials for outreach events. Coordinate setup/teardown of booths at outreach.
Sec. 7) Government Relations Chairperson
a. Keep members informed of local, county and state board and commission openings.
b. Recruit members who are knowledgeable of various governmental agencies to report on areas of interest either briefly at a meeting or writing a newsletter article.
c. In coordination with the Chair, invite speakers from governmental entities affecting the 30th District to speak at a general membership meeting.

Article V: PCO Basic Responsibilities

The basic unit of organization for the Democratic Party is the precinct. The responsible party at the Precinct level is the Precinct Committee Officer (PCO). Elected PCOs are voted into office during the primary election in even-numbered election years to serve a two-year term. If no PCO is elected in a particular precinct, then a Democrat who lives in that precinct can be appointed as the PCO. If you live in a precinct that already has an elected or appointed PCO, then you can be appointed to serve as an "Acting PCO" in a neighboring vacant precinct. PCOs are responsible for electing the party officers, as well as the adoption or amendment of by-laws. Elected PCOs are also the party officials who vote to fill a vacancy if an elected official within their jurisdiction vacates a currently held position. Basic Responsibilities of a PCO are: