Chair's Update

Hello Wake County Democrats,

The WCDP Executive Committee is working hard this first month in office. We met for a daylong retreat in April, which got us ready for action. Here is a quick summary:

*I am thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Austen High, has hired a part-time field director. Welcome aboard Kriss Gomez!

*We have a new Lead District Coordinator, Dan Wilkes. Dan started in the Centennial District and will work closely with Rhonda Bond and Larry Boone to transition to LDC.

*We also have a new volunteer Amy Etheridge who will begin coordinating administrative volunteer activities soon. This will be an essential step in having full-time office coverage.

*Third VC Dustin Ingalls, Paula Wolf, and the newly formed General Assembly Task Force began sending weekly legislative updates to our email list. This effort will soon be expanded to social media.

*The WCDP Tech Corps established protocol for handling requests from district coordinators and executive committee members. The team continues to grow.

*The Data Management Corps (DMC) created and is preparing to launch a protocol for precinct officers, auxiliary/club leaders, and DCs to make data requests.

*WCDP is looking for new office space. NCDP is expanding their staff and will need the third floor office space that we currently rent. Time to move. If you have any office space available, please contact austen@wakedems.org.

*I have been working on identifying potential representatives for our seats on the Wake County Board of Elections and will be meeting with the BoE Executive Director next week.

MAY 18 @ 6 P.M. COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING (CEC)

We will meet at the NCAE Building (700 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh). Among other business items, WCDP will be nominating new Wake County Board of Elections representatives.

All precinct chairs and vice chairs are automatically members of the CEC and expected to either attend or designate a proxy. Per the WCDP Alternative Plan of Organizationquorum of 35% of the voting membership is required to complete county party business.

Other members of the CEC include the County Executive Committee Officers, State Executive Committee (SEC) delegates, presidents of county chapters of state auxiliaries, and ex-officio members; they get a vote weight of one (1).  If a precinct chair or vice chair is also elected as the president of an auxiliary organization, some OTHER person will be designated as the CEC representative for that organization. Postcard notification is mailed 5/4/17

CEC Proxy Information

1. Proxies must be registered Wake County Democrats residing within the same precinct as the chair or vice chair being represented. Proxy form here

2. If you need to designate a proxy, the best place to start is with the precinct S/T, who is NOT automatically on the CEC, followed by active, non-officer members (like folks who attended the actual precinct meeting and/or County Convention).

3. Both the precinct officer and the proxy will need to fill out and sign the proxy form; the proxy will produce the completed form at the meeting check-in.

MAY 20, CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CONVENTIONS

Fourth District Convention & Second District Convention
NCDP will send out postcard notifications, check event info here.

LOOKING AHEAD TO MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

All Wake County municipalities will be holding elections October 10 (Cary & Raleigh) and November 7 (Apex, Angier, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Garner, Knightdale, Wendell, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Zebulon).

The municipal candidate filing period is July 7 - July 21, 2017.

WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU?

Right now is the time for precinct volunteers to be reaching out to other Democrats, connecting with them through social activities, making plans for precinct-specific projects (voter registration in the late summer, scouting for good municipal candidates, representing at local festivals, supporting a community program), and taking advantage of training. Your District Coordinators (DCs) and the Data Management Corps member assigned to your District can help you pull contact lists to get started.

Change will come from the bottom up.

We must work to keep all parts of Wake County strong and blue by having successful municipal elections.

We must elect Democrats to every level of government as we work to break the Republican stronghold on our state and federal governments.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Still stronger together,

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Rebecca Llewellyn
Wake County Democratic Party
chair@wakedems.org