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Senate candidate Manka Dhingra (D) speaks with 45th District Democrats members.
Senate candidate Manka Dhingra (D) speaks with 45th District Democrats members. Credit: Lincoln Potter

Officer Positions

Eligibility

Any resident of the District who considers themselves a Democrat is eligible to be nominated, elected, and serve in any elected officer position. Some positions may be subject to age and gender limitations.

Commitments, Travel, and Expenses

All officers are expected to attend at least two meetings per month: the 45th District executive board meeting and the 45th District general meeting. Many of these positions require attendance at additional meetings beyond the two monthly district meetings. Additional meeting requirements are listed in the position descriptions below.

Travel and other expenses associated with these roles are generally self-funded; contact the chair and the treasurer with questions about limited travel stipend availability.

Chair

The chair is the executive officer of the the 45th District Democrats. The chair presides at all meetings, appoints all committee chairs and committee members, serves as the district’s spokesperson, and performs all duties customarily carried out by the executive officer of an organization.

The chair is also expected to attend:

First Vice Chair

The first vice chair serves in the absence or incapacity of the chair, acts as a third alternate representative or an alternate to the chair at KCDCC meetings, and performs other duties as directed by the chair. The first vice chair does not automatically succeed the chair if that office becomes vacant. The first vice chair must be a different gender than the chair.

Should the chair be unavailable, the first vice chair is expected to attend:

Second Vice Chair

The second vice chair serves in the absence or incapacity of the first vice chair and performs other duties as directed by the chair. The second vice chair does not serve as a fourth alternate representative, nor as alternate to the chair at KCDCC, and does not automatically succeed the first vice chair if that office becomes vacant.

State Committee Members

There are two state committee member positions; a district may not elect two state committee members of the same gender. The state committee members represent the district organization at quarterly meetings of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee and report back to the membership. These meetings are held throughout the state and require travel. If a state committee member is unable to attend a WSDCC meeting, they may send a proxy.

King County Democrats Delegates

There are four King County Democrats delegate positions: two King County delegates, plus two King County delegate alternates. A district may not elect two delegates of the same gender, nor may they elect two delegate alternates of the same gender. Representatives to KCDCC represent the district at monthly meetings of the King County Democrats executive board and report back to the membership.

An alternate is seated in the absence of a delegate or in the absence of both the district chair and first vice chair.

King County Young Democrats Representative

There are two King County Young Democrats positions: a representative and an alternate. Candidates must be less than 36 years old. The Young Democrats representative represents the district at meetings of the King County Young Democrats and reports back to the membership. The King County Young Democrats meet at least four times per calendar year, but greater frequency is possible.

The alternate is seated in the absence of the representative.

Secretary

The secretary records the minutes of all district meetings, distributes copies of the minutes to the executive board, and performs other duties as directed by the chair. The secretary must commit to regularly attend both the district executive board meeting and general meeting each month.

Treasurer

The treasurer is responsible for the safekeeping of the organization’s funds; preparing checks for disbursement of funds; making monthly reports to the membership; submitting an annual report on the district’s fiscal health; and performing all functions normally attendant on the office, including strict adherence to the reporting requirements of Washington’s public disclosure laws.

Standing Committees

Standing committee chairs are appointed by the district chair and are members of the executive Board. Committee chairs are expected to attend the 45th District executive board meeting and the 45th District general meeting, as well as any committee-specific meetings identified as part of the work of that committee.

Communications Committee

The communications committee works with the executive board to promote district endorsements, resolutions, volunteer opportunities, events, board actions, and initiatives undertaken by the board. The committee maintains our website, designs our endorsement brochures, keeps an active social media presence, sends emails, places notices in local papers, and issues communications not issued by the district chair, following strict adherence to the reporting requirements of Washington’s public disclosure laws.

Data Management Committee

The data management committee updates and maintains our voter database and works closely with committees like PCO support and communications, providing data for canvassing and outreach efforts.

Labor Relations Committee

The labor relations committee stays current with all state and national labor issues and legislation and informs the membership when actions need to be taken.

Membership Committee

The membership committee works to inform members of renewal deadlines and encourages new members to join at each monthly general meeting. Membership is one of our basic fundraising and involvement tasks.

Outreach Committee

The outreach committee works district-wide and in cooperation with the King County Democrats to register voters, train volunteers, and involve those not currently well-represented.

PCO Support Committee

This committee is composed of several district area mentors and works to recruit and inspire our PCOs to actively canvass their precincts. One mentor chairs this committee.

Temporary Committees

Temporary committees are formed as necessary. Temporary committee chairs are appointed by the district chair and are not members of executive board, although they are encouraged to attend executive board meetings. Committee chairs are expected to attend any committee-specific meetings identified as part of the work of that committee.

Bylaws and Rules Committee

The bylaws and rules committee reviews and proposes updates to the 45th’s bylaws and rules that govern our membership meetings, endorsements, and other regular activities.

Caucus Credentials Committee

The credentials committee prepares to register caucus attendees. They work to contact, provide credentials for, and list delegates, alternates, and members who are eligible to vote at district, county, and state caucuses and they provide information to the Washington State Democratic Party Credentials Committee.

Caucus Platform and Resolutions Committee

The platform committee drafts and presents a proposed platform for the legislative district caucus to discuss and adopt; the platform committee also considers and provides feedback on resolutions to be submitted during the caucuses.

Caucus Rules Committee

The rules committee recommends a package of rules to guide the  legislative district and precinct caucus processes, in line with Washington State Democratic Party’s rules.

Endorsements Committee

The endorsements committee is responsible for vetting candidates, evaluating ballot measures, and making endorsement recommendations to the membership. For any given race or ballot measure, the committee will only recommend one candidate or position. At its discretion, the committee may produce questionnaires, hold candidate interviews, and/or schedule discussions between rival candidates seeking endorsement.

Events and Logistics Committee

The events and logistics committee is responsible for securing and preparing venues for large events, including precinct and legislative caucuses.

Legislative Action Committee

The LAC works to inform and call the membership to action in support or opposition of bills and ordinances in the state legislature, county or city councils, school boards, and other local governments within the district.

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