Sunday, March 29, 2020

Call to Caucus

Hello Fellow Democrats!

It is time to pick delegates for the Conventions.  This year everything will be done differently due to the restriction of gathering for an assembled or an unassembled caucus.  The DVPA has decided we will do a virtual unassembled caucus.  All applications for becoming a candidate and to vote on our candidates will be done on line and the DVPA will handle it all.  Giles County has been allocated 3 state delegates (2 Biden, 1 Sanders, and 1 Biden alternate).  

If you would like to apply to be a delegate or apply to be able to participate in voting for the delegates, please request the "DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF VIRGINIA 2020 CALL TO CAUCUS TO ELECT STATE DELEGATES" pdf file from me via email:

I think the handout will answer all your questions, if not I will try, or there is a phone number in the document you may call.  There are links embedded for pre-filing to become a delegate and to vote on the delegates.  As in the past, if we do not have more applicants than allotted delegates, there will be no voting during the caucus time (4/18-4/20).

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage any of you to run for delegate if you have a desire to participate in this process and all of you to sign up to vote for the delegates from our county.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help.Thank you for your support.

Diane Weiss, Chair
Giles County Democratic Committee 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Call to Caucus Giles County Democratic Committee Reorganization


The Giles County Democratic Committee (GCDC) will hold an assembled caucus on Thursday, January 9, 2019, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. at the Giles County Courthouse for the purpose of electing the new membership of the Giles County Democratic Committee pursuant to the Democratic Party of Virginia Party Plan. 

I. Candidate Filing: 

Each person seeking to become a member of GCDC shall complete and return the GCDC Membership Filing Form to the registration table by 7:00 p.m. There shall be no filing fee for any membership candidates.

II. Qualification of Candidates:

The Membership Pre-Filing Form, which all candidates for membership must sign, will include the following written declaration:

I declare myself to be a candidate for membership on the Giles County Democratic Committee. I also declare that I believe in the principles of the Democratic Party and that I will not support any candidate opposed to any Democratic nominee as long as I am a member of the Committee.

III. Notice: 

Joan Kark, Giles County Democratic Committee Chair, shall provide notice of this caucus by placement of a general notice of the filing deadline and the caucus, including noticing the caucus date, time, and location, along with the Call to Caucus, on the Democratic Party of Virginia, the Giles County Democratic Committee website and social media platforms; by email notification to Democrats who reside in Giles County; and through other reasonable means that will disseminate information about the caucus to registered voters in Giles County. In addition, reasonable actions shall be taken to promote participation in the caucus in accordance with the Affirmative Action provisions of the Party Plan of the DPVA.

IV. Slates

There shall be no slates.

V. Membership Allocation

Specific to your locality.  

VI. Participation

Every Democrat who is a registered voter in Giles County is urged to attend and participate. If an individual does not appear on the Registered Voter List, they will not be allowed to participate. Participants will also be required to sign a Caucus Participation Form stating that they:

A.              Are a Democrat;
B.              Are a registered voter in Giles County
C.              Believe in the principles of the Democratic Party; and
D.              Does not intend to support any candidates opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election.

VII. Conduct of the Caucus

The doors to the caucus will open at 6:30 and close at 7:00.  Upon the closing of the doors, only those participants who have registered or are in line to register at 7:00 will be permitted to participate. 

VIII. Determination of Winners

In the event that only one person files for a position, that person shall be declared the winner and the election for that specific position shall be cancelled. 

If more individuals file than there are positions available, the candidates will be listed alphabetically on the ballot and will be elected by a plurality of the votes at the assembled caucus.

Vacancies may be filled by the new committee at the first meeting following the election of Officers. 

VIII. Affirmative Action

It shall be the duty and goal of all members of the Giles County Democratic Committee to seek out and encourage the broadest possible participation within the committee, and in its membership, of all duly qualified citizens without regard to race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic identity, disability, or economic status.

IX. Officer Elections

Immediately following the adjournment of the assembled caucus, the newly formed Giles County Democratic Committee will meet for the sole purpose of electing the officers of the committee.