Seattle DSA 2020 Local Council Elections

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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.

Meaningful Dates:

  • 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.

Current Candidates

Pending

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).

Vice Chair

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.

Current Candidates

Pending

Secretary

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.

Current Candidates

Pending

Treasurer

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.

Current Candidates

Pending

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.

Current Candidates

Pending

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.

Current Candidates

Pending

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.

Current Candidates

Pending

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