Having been a 2008 Obama National Delegate and attended recent California State Conventions first as an observer in San Jose and then as an alternate, in Sacramento, I can tell you that there is nothing quite like being in a convention center or, in my case, a National Democratic Convention at Mile High Stadium in Denver with “50 Thousand” or so like minded folks. You CAN be the change, you really can make a difference, on your street, zip code, town, city, State and National levels. Plus make many new friends in the process. The following notice showed up in my inbox and I am passing along. Good Luck! California Democratic Party needs as many Progressive Voices as can possibly be elected. TAG, as Thom Hartmann would say, YOU ARE IT.
In 2010 California Democrats bucked a national trend and won eight of nine statewide offices, with the race for Attorney General still being counted.
A huge part of our success was because California Democrats from up and down the state volunteered their time, made phone calls, donated money, knocked on doors, and participated in our biggest Get out the Vote effort ever.
If you were part of our team and you want to stay involved, a great way to do that is by running to be a delegate to our 2011 and 2012 state conventions
The California Democratic Party will hold elections in each of California’s 80 Assembly Districts on January 8 & 9, 2011. At these meetings, registered Democrats will elect 12 delegates from each Assembly District to be members of the California Democratic Party State Central Committee.
Now is your opportunity to help direct the future of Democrats in California! Delegates approve the platform of the Party, elect Party officers and endorse candidates for congress, state legislature, and executive office.
If elected, you will automatically become a delegate to the California Democratic Party’s state convention, which will be held April 29 – May 1, 2011 in Sacramento, as well as the convention in 2012.
If you are interested in running you must file with the State Party by 12:00 noon, Thursday, December 9, 2010.
Why be a Delegate?
Attend annual convention
Network with other Democrats
Represent your constituency
Elect Party officers
Promote the California Democratic Party agenda
Endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office
Vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures
Reorganization of the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) begins at the end of 2010 and goes through February 7, 2011. Members of the DSCC (also known as “Delegates”) come from the following sources:
Elected through County Committees
Appointed by Democratic Elected Officials / Nominees
Elected through Assembly District
The Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) and Assembly District Executive Board representatives (“EBd Reps”) are elected at Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) held in each of the 80 Assembly Districts. The California Democratic Party is convening ADEMs on January 8 and 9, 2011, where 12 people (6 men / 6 women) from each Assembly District will be elected to represent their district for both the 2011 and 2012 State Conventions.
Online filing for ADD will begin on November 9 and will run through December 9, 2010.
CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS (Link likely does not work-see below)
Key Dates / Deadlines
November 9 Application for ADD available online (This means Get BUSY)
November 22 Weekly online posting of candidates begins
December 3 Notification of ADEM meeting and post on website
December 9 Deadline for ADD application
December 10 ADEM Locations posted on website
January 8, 9, 2011 ADEM elections
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