CALL TO CAUCUS TO REORGANIZE THE GILES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
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.
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.
There shall be no slates.
V. Membership Allocation
Specific to your locality.
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.