|The Democratic Party of Multnomah County||We are dedicated to making people's lives better. We work toward an effective government, within the county and statewide, that will protect your rights, count your votes, build the economy, and be accountable. We're the front line for Multnomah County voters.|
By Mel Harmon, Rules Committee Chair
The process for filling a vacancy in office in the County Central Committee is prescribed in a combination of laws (ORS 248.035) and our bylaws (Article III, Section 7). Teddy resigned as of the end of the October 10th Central Committee meeting, and our bylaws call for us to hold a special election at our next scheduled meeting, on November 14th, to fill the office for the rest of the unexpired term,.
As explained at the meeting, anyone may self-nominate for the position; any PCP may nominate another person for the position with verification that the nominee wants to serve. Nominations should be sent to Stephanie Nystrom at ViceChair2@Multdems.org, and if nominating another person, please copy the nominee on the email. If you are nominated by another, please verify by contacting Stephanie, as soon as possible, that you wish to serve in the office of Chair.
One need not be a PCP to serve as Chair (but of course it helps); current elected and appointed PCPs are eligible to vote in filling this vacancy (ORS 248.035 (3). Proxies are not allowed (ORS 248.045); you have to attend the meeting to vote.
Nominations for inclusion on printed ballots will close seven days before the meeting, that is, at 7:00 PM on November 7th. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the meeting for write-in candidates.
Nominations will be posted here as they come in, and we will notify PCPs via email of all nominations received before the closure of nominations for inclusion on printed ballots.
You can contact me at Rules@multdems.org if you have questions about this process.
October 11, 2013
Last night at our Central Committee meeting I officially announced my resignation as chair of the Multnomah County Democrats. This was not an easy decision; however, Representative Jules Bailey's announcement that he will seek election to the County Board of Commissioners presents an opportunity for me to run for State Representative for House District 42 in inner Southeast and Northeast Portland.
MultDems is on a great trajectory. We had an amazingly successful Celsi event and the best Golf Tournament yet. We staffed booths at more fairs and parades this summer than ever. Elected officials are more engaged with us, and this is important because our interest in making people's lives better doesn't end with elections. Our officers are constantly improving how we accomplish all the crucial hard work that goes on mostly behind the scenes. Our new Multnomah Democrats' headquarters promises to become a hub for political action in the county for years to come. This momentum will be a tremendous asset as we head into 2014 and beyond.
The process for electing a Chair for the rest of this term of office will be described in the next post. In the meantime, Our capable First Vice Chair, Lorraine VanHoe, will serve as Acting Chair.
Thank you to everyone who has helped make all this possible, and worked so hard to elect Democrats with progressive values. Together we make a difference.
See you in the neighborhood,
The 5th Annual Democratic
Pictures courtesy of Andie Petkus Photography.