Join us on Sunday, March 22nd, 1:00pm at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave in Seattle for the Seattle DSA 2020 Convention! The Election Committee, in accordance with our chapter bylaws, will be holding the 2020 Local Council Election at that time. The Election Committee was appointed by our Local Council after soliciting volunteers from our chapter membership. We can be contacted at [email protected].
The Local Council is our thirteen-member, democratically elected leadership body of Seattle DSA. Positions are elected annually, so all thirteen positions are up for election on March 22nd. According to our bylaws, “The Local Council shall carry out actions which advance the principles, policies, strategies, and campaigns enumerated by the Membership in General Meetings. The Local Council shall manage the day-to-day affairs of the Local between General Meetings.”
Below is the process for nominating, running, and participating in the 2020 Local Council Election. Click here to fill out the nomination form
- Nominations & Eligibility: In order to be eligible to make a nomination OR to run for Local Council you must have been a DSA member since December 23rd, 2019 AND be current in your dues. Nominations close February 21st, 2020, and eligible candidates for Local Council will be posted further down on this webpage on a rolling basis.
- Process: Members shall be considered candidates once they have been nominated by at least two members, accepted nomination, and been certified by the Election Committee.
- Candidate Questionnaire: Candidates are encouraged to complete the candidate questionnaire (in develpmrnt) and candidates who choose to complete the questionnaire will have their responses publicly linked to this webpage, and included in subsequent communications about the 2020 Local Council Election.
- Town Hall & Candidate Forum: At the March 3, 2020 general membership meeting, candidates are encouraged to participate in a chapter town hall, and will be invited to participate in a subsequent candidate forum in mid-March. Candidates may also be given time to speak at the chapter convention.
- Jan. 21: Nominations are open
- Feb. 21: Nomination deadline for inclusion in the March 3 town hall, subsequent candidate forum, the Seattle DSA election webpage and inclusion on printed ballot
- Mar. 3: Seattle DSA Chapter Town Hall
- Mid-March: Seattle DSA Local Council Candidate Forum
- Mar. 22: Seattle DSA Convention and Local Council Election
Local Council Positions
Co-Chair (2 Positions)
The Co-Chairs shall be the official public spokespersons for the Local and will initiate such actions and policies as the Local’s general welfare may demand, in accordance with the decisions and policies of the Local Council and the General Membership. The Co-Chairs shall organize and preside over all official meetings of the organization and the Local Council. The Co-Chairs shall maintain consistent communication with all committee leaders and facilitate collaboration and coordination between them.
Note: According to our bylaws, no more than one co-chair may identify as a cis-gendered man and at least one must have an annual income less than twice the highest Seattle minimum wage rate (currently $16.39/hour).
The Vice Chair is responsible for assisting the Co-Chairs with all of their duties. If both Co-Chairs are unable to perform their duties, the Vice Chair shall perform all duties and assume all responsibilities of the Co-Chairs until such a time as one or both Co-Chairs are able to resume their posts.
The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes of all General Membership and Local Council Meetings, and shall be responsible for publishing these minutes, as well as resolutions, reports, and other official records of the Local. The Secretary may appoint, but must oversee, a temporary proxy minutes-taker for any meeting. That proxy may not vote on behalf of the Secretary. The Secretary will assume the responsibilities of one of the Co-Chairs, if both Co-Chairs and the Vice Chair is unable to do so.
The Treasurer will be responsible for administration of funds, budget, and financial organization of the Local, including overseeing fundraising activities for the Local. All funds collected by the Local will be turned over to the Treasurer, who shall deposit them in a bank account under the name of the Local. The Treasurer will report to the Local Council on the financial status of the organization at each Local Council Meeting. The Treasurer will maintain transparent and open financial reports available to the entire membership upon request by an officer of the Local Council. The Treasurer will be responsible for ensuring that membership dues are paid up-to-date. The Treasurer will prepare the annual Local budget, and deliver the Local financial report at General Meetings of the Local.
Internal Organizer (3 Positions)
Internal Organizers will co-chair the Internal Organizing Committee, which is responsible for fostering a lively participatory and democratic culture within the Local through the development, education, mobilization, and recruitment of members. This includes the keeping of a database of members, conducting a census, driving diversity efforts, as well as any tasks assigned to the role by the Local Council. The Internal Organizing Committee is also charged with organizing General Meetings, Informational Meetings, and social, educational, and fundraising events. Under the direction of the Local Council, the Internal Organizing Committee shall develop and oversee a program of socialist cadre development that includes skills training and political education; and a system of Mobilizers (similar to union shop stewards) who will act as an active conduit of information and engagement between the General Membership and the Local Council.
External Organizer (3 Positions)
External Organizers will co-chair the External Organizing Committee (see Article VI), which will lead the Local’s fight for a socialist political agenda in the Seattle area and beyond. Under the direction of the Local Council and in order to realize the policies, priorities and campaigns set forth by the General Membership, the External Organizing Committee shall manage or execute all of the Local’s issue and electoral campaigns, direct actions, rallies, and other activities expressly targeted at the general public for political purposes.
Note: No more than 3 internal & external organizers can identify as cis-gendered men and at least three must identify as national or racial minorities.
At-Large (2 Positions)
At-Large Local Council Members will participate in Local Council decision-making, and are responsible for attending all relevant meetings and reading all relevant documents. At-Large Local Council members are also tasked with representing the views of the membership that elected them as well as helping to advance the goals of the Local generally.