Silent Revolution: Become The California Democratic Party
by Chris Bowers, Fri Dec 08, 2006 at 07:58:56 AM EST
Approximately one-third of the DSCC is composed of all partisan-level (Assembly and higher) elected officials and nominees, and their appointments. Approximately one-third are elected by Democratic County Central Committees, which each county getting delegates in proportion to the number of Democrats registered in their county. The last third are elected in Assembly District Election meetings, held in January. Each of the eighty (80) AD's will elect 12 delegates, for a total of 960 delegates.
Current By-Laws call for the AD meetings to be held at 2PM on Sunday, January 14, 2007 though there is a pending By-Law amendment which will be voted on by the CDP Executive Board on Saturday, December 9, 2006. If this amendment passes, the Election Meetings may be held anytime during the weekend of Jan 13 and 14, as long as the meetings start no earlier than 10 AM and no later than 3PM. Additionally, current By-Laws also allowed for a request to the State Chair for a variance in time, and those have been granted. Complete details on which district you are in, and how you can participate, can be found at the same website I linked above. If groups of reformers are participating in this effort, and are serious in their work, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am more than willing to help put some actual resources behind serious silent revolution efforts. I know there are a lot of people who have problems with the California Democratic Party, but rather than just sitting around and complaining about it, this is a great opportunity to step up and do something. And remember, it would not just be a hostile takeover of the party. Serious reformers can bring new energy, new ideas, and new communities to help supplement and improve the existing party infrastructure. For example, in my ward, while we took the ward over, we also managed to massively improve on turnout compared to 2002. Hell, we actually had turnout higher than 2004 in some divisions (precincts), including my own.
Also, my interest in serious silent revolution efforts is not limited to California. I would love for this to become a regular topic on MyDD. Please, post whatever information and experiences you have about entering local Democratic Party infrastructure.