Call to Sierra County Ward Meeting/ Elect County Central Committee

February 26, 2021

Pursuant to the official call for the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Spring 2021 State Central committee (SCC) Meeting, I am writing to provide you with the call to the Sierra County Ward meeting.

We are required by DPNM rules to hold a Ward meeting and elect a County Central Committee (CCC). The County Central Committee, elected by the Ward, will elect the County Party officers. The newly elected County Party Chair and Vice Chair will also represent our county on the DPNM State Central Committee.

The County Central Committee will also vote on proposed changes to Party rules:

Proposed Democratic Party of Sierra County (DPSC) Rule changes:

Proposed change to DPSC Rule 4.3
4.3.  Add: or such other members as appointed by the Chairperson with concurrence of the committee.

Proposed changes to DPSC Rule VI
6.1. There shall be a Sierra County Election of Officers in the spring of every odd numbered year called by the Chairperson of the DPSC.  These officers are Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.  The procedures for said election shall follow DPNM Article III, Section 4.1.  The electors comprise the County Central Committee.
6.2. Notices of any meetings for Election of Officers shall be publicized in such manner as to ensure timely notice to all party members at least 14 days in advance of said meeting.  Notice shall include procedures by which party members may participate in said election.
6.3. Notices of any meetings and calls shall specify the time, place and purpose of said meeting and shall be publicized in such manner as to ensure timely notice to all party members at least 14 days in advance.

Proposed changes to Rule VII
7.1. Election of County Central Committee, Ward and Precinct members shall follow DPNM Article IV, Section 1.

Proposed changes to Rule VIII
8.1. County Standing Committees comprise the County Credential/Rules Revision Committee, Convention Credentials and Rules, and the Platform and Resolutions Committee.  Meetings of the DPSC Standing Committees shall be called by the Chairperson.
8.2. The County Credential/Rules Committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson and consist of a committee chair and three members.  The Committee shall hear challenges to the election of officers and act to remove officers in accordance with DPNM Article IV, Section 4.  The Committee shall serve as a Standing Committee on Rules Revision.
8.3. The Platform and Resolutions Committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson and consist of a chair and one member.  The Committee shall consider and/or recommend resolutions and platform planks.

(The DPNM Rules allow for county rules to supersede state rules regarding electing or appointing said committees, Article 4, Section 4.)

The current Party Rules can be found on our Party web site. 

https://sierracountynewmexicodemocrats.org/2021/02/26/rules-and-bylaws/

Our Ward meeting will be held on March 17, followed by online election of our CCC March 19-23. Our CCC meeting will be held on March 24. followed by online election of party officers March 25-30.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the public health orders in effect in our state, we will be unable to conduct these meetings via in-person gatherings as we did in previous years. We will be using Zoom to conduct the meetings. Dialing in to the meetings will also be an option. Meetings will occur at 5:30 pm.

As a result, in conjunction with the DPNM rules allowing for meetings to be held virtually and for voting pursuant to those meetings to be held via absentee balloting, our ward, precinct and CCC meetings will be virtual and the associated elections will be held via absentee balloting.

You will receive more information soon regarding the elections to occur in our Ward before the CCC meeting.

Sincerely,

Sid Bryan

Chair, Democratic Party of Sierra County

 

Rules and Bylaws

THE RULES AND BYLAWS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SIERRA COUNTY,

NEW MEXICO

RULE I

1.1 The Democratic Party of Sierra County is the official affiliate of the Democratic Party of the State of New Mexico and hence the National Democratic Party.

1.2 The voters registered as Democrats in Sierra County, New Mexico, are the members of the DPSC. There may be no further test of membership.

RULE II

2.1 These rules govern the organization and conduct of business of the DPSC.

2.2 These rules and their amendments shall be filed with the Clerk of Sierra County, Secretary of State, and the DPSC Chairperson.

2.3 These rules may be amended by a majority vote of members at a meeting of the DPSC called by the Chairperson.

2.4 The DPSC shall have a regular meeting to conduct the regular business of the party at 5:30 PM on the third Wednesday of each month.

2.5 Proxy voting will be allowed provided a signed letter is provided to the DPSC secretary at least five minutes before the start of the monthly meeting.

2.6 The DPSC may have a special party meeting with a specially published agenda from a call of three members of the Executive Committee.

2.7 The quorum of the DPSC meetings shall be ten (10) members.

RULE III

3.1 Party participation. Participation in the DPSC affairs, being an officer at any level of party structure, being a delegate to a party convention, being a committee member and voting in a county or precinct meeting shall be restricted to those who are registered as Democrats in Sierra County.

RULE IV

4.1 The Executive Committee of the DPSC is the governing body of the DPSC. It shall have general supervision of the political and financial affairs of the party except for those issues decided upon by the committee of the whole, i.e., the DPSC membership attending.

4.2 The Executive Committee has the ultimate political and financial responsibility of the DPSC.

4.3 The Executive Committee of the DPSC shall comprise of the County Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson, the Treasurer, the Secretary and the Committee Chairs.

4.4 The Executive Committee shall meet before the monthly county meeting at the call of the County Chairperson. This meeting shall be open to DPSC members.

RULE V

5.1 A vacancy occurs when an officer:

  1. Resigns or dies.
  2. Ceases to reside in Sierra County.
  3. Is removed for cause.
  4. Publicly announces candidacy for a county, state or national office.

5.2 If a vacancy exists in the office of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall call a special meeting to elect a new Chairperson within 30 days of the occurrence of the vacancy, accept nominations by at least two concurring members, and provide ballots for the special meeting.

5.3 If a vacancy exists in any other office, the Chairperson shall appoint an interim officer for the remainder of the term.

RULE VI

6.1 There shall be a Sierra County Election of Officers in the spring of every odd-numbered year called by the Chairperson of the DPSC. These officers are Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.

6.2 County Conventions. The purpose of county conventions is to elect delegates to the State Conventions as governed by the State Rules. The County Chairperson shall call a county convention of the committee as a whole one month prior to the State Convention to elect said delegates.

6.3 Notices of any meetings for any election of party officers, shall be published in the Truth or Consequences newspapers by the secretary of the DPSC at least 14 days in advance and shall include the time, date and place of the meeting. Notices will also be published on all regularly maintained social media by the secretary.

RULE VII

7.1 Precinct organizations. If it is determined by a 2/3 vote of the committee of the whole that Precinct officers are necessary, the Chairperson shall follow State Rule 12 for the election of Precinct officers.

Rule VIII

8.1 County Standing Committees comprise the County Credential/Rules Revision Committee and the Platform and Resolutions Committee. Meetings of DPSC Standing Committees shall be called by the Chairperson.

8.2 The County Credential/Rules Revision Committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson and consist of a committee chair and three members. The committee shall hear challenges to the election of officers and act to remove officers in accordance with State Rule 12.7. The committee shall serve as a standing committee on Rules Revision.

8.3 The Platform and Resolutions Committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson and consist of a chair and one member. The committee shall consider and/or recommend resolutions and platform planks.

Democratic Party Officer Roles

The Chairperson shall preside over the monthly DPSC meetings and prepare agendas for distribution at the meetings. The Chairperson shall appoint all regular committees to carry out the business of the DPSC, independently or at the direction of the Executive Committee. The Chairperson shall appoint a Parliamentarian and Sergeant at Arms in Spring of odd numbered years for a two-year term. The Chairperson may participate in the business and voting of any committee as a regular member. As chief executive, the Chairperson will manage all party affairs and share with the Treasurer the ability to commit funds for party business.

The Vice-Chairperson shall perform the duties of the Chairperson in the Chairperson’s absence, including calling and presiding over monthly meetings. TheVice-Chairperson shall assist the Chairperson in the preparation of the monthly agenda and perform special duties assigned by the Chairperson. The Vice-Chairperson shall work with the secretary to maintain registered voter rolls, including voter records of voting, addresses, phone numbers, contributions, and other work done for the party, etc.

The Secretary shall record and preserve the minutes of the monthly meetings. The Secretary shall have published in the Truth or Consequences newspapers a notice and any special aspects of monthly meetings. The Secretary shall file DPSC rules and amendments to the Rules with the DPNM and with the Sierra County Clerk. The Secretary shall maintain the voter email addresses, registration rolls, telephone numbers, contributions, work done for the party, etc .

The Treasurer shall serve as Chairperson of the Budget Committee. The Treasurer is the financial officer of the DPSC and a signatory of the DPSC bank account, along with the Chairperson and Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall present a written financial report at each monthly meeting. The Treasurer shall propose to the DPSC Committee of the Whole fundraising plans to support the budget. The Treasurer shall manage the DPSC bank accounts.

The Parliamentarian serves at the pleasure of the Chairperson. The Parliamentarian determines whether motions are in order and ensures the orderly conduct of meetings by deciding whether actions are in order. The Parliamentarian interprets the rules determining who shall speak and when, as well as the order of business. A ruling of the Parliamentarian can be overruled by a majority vote called by the Chair, or by a motion , or a call for point of order.

The Sergeant at Arms serves at the pleasure of the Chairperson. The Sergeant at Arms ensures the meetings proceed under the ground rules, acts as timekeeper, maintains order, collects votes, records attendance, and can call a member out of order under the Chairperson’s direction. If a member is called out of order a second time, the Chairperson will ask for a recess and discuss the matter with the Sergeant at Arms and the member. If the member is called out of order a second time, the member will be asked to leave by the Sergeant at Arms. The Sergeant at Arms is responsible for ensuring that the member leaves, in accordance with State Law.

Action of the Week: Sign Letter to Sierra County Commission

Time required: five minutes

Goal: Inform county commissioners we disapprove of their pro-Herrell resolution.

Steps required: Read 163-word letter. Sign it by replying to this address (sierracountydems@gmail.com) with your name, town, zip code, and either an e-mail address or a phone number as in the sample signature on the letter. We’re asking for this information because elected officials generally want evidence that letters come from real constituents.

Stay tuned for more calls to action.

Here is the letter. Thank you for signing. Please reply no later than noon on Tuesday Feb. 23

We the undersigned disagree with your resolution supporting Representative Yvette Herrell’s objection to the electoral college votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania. Your resolution does not express the views of all your constituents.

After the Capitol riots, Rep. Herrell condemned the rioters, and yet she still did what they and Trump wanted: attempted to overturn the election and disenfranchise the voters of other states. This effort was motivated by lies and conspiracy theories spread by former President Trump, and it was based on arguments that had already failed in courts around the country all the way to the Supreme Court. As Mitt Romney said, the way to address people’s concerns about the election is to tell them truth. Herrell carried on with the lies.

We do not expect to change your minds, only to remind you that you don’t speak for the whole county. Please put your attention on the health and economic needs of your constituents rather than exacerbating the partisan divide.

Sincerely,

Patricia Kearney Truth or Consequences 87901 p-kearney@earthlink.net

Agenda 2/17 Meeting: Includes Guest Speaker and Elections of Central Committee and Party Officers

Sierra County Democratic Party  Online and Phone Meeting, Regular Monthly Meeting, February 17, 2021

Call to Order

U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

NM State Pledge: “I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.”

Welcome:  Introductions of New Attendees: please type your name and email in the chat box

Minutes November 2020 and January 2021 —Leslie Sekavec

Treasurer’s Report and Act Blue Contributions—Tom Hinson

Committee Reports & Old Business:

Advisory Board and Communications Reports—Suzanne Carlstedt

Guest Speaker: Jessica Velasquez, candidate for state chair of the Democratic Party

New Business: Elections of Central Committee and Party Officers

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

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February 17 Meeting Reminder and Zoom Link

Time: Feb 17, 2021 05:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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January Meeting 5:30 1/20/2021 on Zoom

Jan 20, 2021 05:30 PM Mountain Time
Agenda: Call to Order
Pledge:            U.S. Pledge of Allegiance, NM State PledgeWelcome:       Introductions of New Attendees: please type your name and email in the chat box

Guest Speakers:

Minutes—October 20, 2020 (GtM)—Leslie Sekavec

Treasurer’s Report and Act Blue Contributions—Tom Hinson

Committee Reports & Old Business:

  • Communications Report—Suzanne Carlstedt

On-going and New Business

Motion to Adjourn

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Suggestion: Write to Rep. Herrell

Her new job is to represent us. Write to her and let her know your values, your concerns, and your top priories. Most of all, ask her to repudiate soon-to-be former President Trump and his lies and conspiracy theories. After the insurrectionist riots on Jan. 6, it’s time for her to reject him publicly. Ideally, she’ll hear from every Democrat in her district.