Proposed Bylaw and Standing Rules Revision — July 27th, 2017

Bylaw Revision (New Language in Bold and Red)

Article V – Officers

Section 1. The elected officers of the San Diego Democratic Club/San Diego Democrats for

Equality shall be the President, Vice President for Resource Development, Vice President for

Political Action, Secretary, Treasurer and four (4) At-Large Board Members. Elected officers shall take office at the first general membership meeting following their election and shall hold office for two years or until their successors are elected. In order to initiate staggered terms, in 2014, the Vice President for

Political Action and the Secretary shall be elected to a one-year term.

G. At-Large Board Members. The At-Large Board Members shall serve as co-chairs or chairs of club committees as appointed by the President and will assist the Executive Board in the operations of the club.

 

Article VIII – Elections

 

Section 1. Officers of the club shall be elected at a membership meeting to be scheduled during

the month of February each year and assume office at the first general membership meeting

following their election. In even-numbered years, the offices of President, Vice President for Resource Development, Secretary and two At-Large Board Members shall be elected for two-year terms. In odd-numbered years, the offices of Vice President for Political Action, Treasurer and two At-Large Board Members shall be elected for two year terms. [In order to initiate staggered terms, all five officers will be elected in 2014, with the President, Vice President for Resource Development and Secretary elected for two-year terms and the Vice President for Political Action and the Secretary elected to a one-year term.]

 

Section 2. Officers may be nominated in one of two ways, by the Nominating Committee or from

the floor immediately prior to the voting for each office. The Nominating Committee shall report

to the meeting that precedes the election meeting. Members shall be given at least one week’s

notice of both meetings.

 

Section 3. In developing its slate of nominees, the Nominating Committee shall make its best

effort toward the attainment of a goal of having gender equity in all of the elected positions.

 

Section 4. The officers shall be elected individually in the order of President, Vice President for

Resource Development, Vice President for Political Action, Treasurer, Secretary, and At-Large Board Member(s) (depending upon which offices are up for election). The election of officers shall be by secret ballot; however, if there is only one nominee for an office, and provided that no objection is raised, the

candidate can be elected by acclamation without a ballot. To be elected, a nominee must receive

a majority of the votes cast for that office. If no nominee receives a majority on the first ballot, a

runoff shall be held between the two nominees receiving the greatest number of votes. In case of

a tie, the candidates who tied will be included on the runoff ballot. If there is only one nominee

for an office, the ballot shall include a choice of no election for that office which shall be

included in tabulating the votes cast.

Standing Rules Revision (New language in Bold)

Friendly Incumbent Endorsement Guidelines

 

  1. Friendly incumbent endorsements may be considered for all incumbents who have a supportive voting record on appropriate issues, as determined by the Executive Board. The friendlyincumbent endorsement is intended to reward incumbents for their support and should be completed early so the candidate has a greater opportunity to use the Club’s endorsement todiscourage challengers.

 

  1. A friendly incumbent endorsement does not require the completion of a questionnaire or attendance at an endorsement meeting.  However, the incumbent is required to address the membership and take questions from them at a properly noticed general meeting within six months of the membership voting to endorse the incumbent’s reelection.

 

  1. The Executive Board may determine eligibility for a friendly incumbent endorsement for an incumbent who has no voting record by virtue of holding an administrative, executive or othernon-legislative office. At the discretion of the Executive Board, and in consideration of the recommendations of the Vice President for Political Action, the Board may choose to require afriendly incumbent to have previously completed a club questionnaire, prior to consideration of friendly incumbent status.

 

  1. Friendly incumbent endorsements may be approved on a consent calendar. Any member 10% of the eligible voting members present may remove a candidate from the consent calendar for separate consideration.

 

  1. Where an incumbent does not receive a friendly incumbent endorsement, the office will be treated as open. All candidates that office (including the incumbent) will then be required to follow the standard endorsement procedure