Local Officer Elections & Call for Nominations Committee

The interim Steering Committee’s six-month term will be coming to an end at the end of November.

 

This post serves to call for applications for the Nominations Committee (the body responsible for overseeing and facilitating the chapter’s upcoming Local Officer election (Art. VII, Sec. 1)), outlines the Local Officer roles that need to be filled, and details the timeline for the Local Officer election overall.

 

Note that this process will adhere to the proposed revisions to the Bylaws (which are currently open for public comment and go to chapter-wide vote from from October 21-31). According to these proposed revisions to the Bylaws, we are electing a total of ten (10) Local Officers – nine of whom shall make up the new Steering Committee.

 

Nominations Committee

To ensure a fair and open Local Officer election, the elections will facilitated by a Nominations Committee comprised of 3 DSA-LA members who are not running for an elected position (this does not include committee/working group elections). This committee will be in charge of soliciting and gathering the candidate statements, overseeing the candidates forum, rolling out the online ballot and the paper ballots, and tabulating the results of the election.

 

If you are interested in applying to be part of the Nominations Committee, please submit your candidacy by filling out this form by midnight on October 16th. The members of the Nominations Committee will be elected by the chapter by an online vote between October 17th and 21st.

Composition of Steering Committee

 

Local Officers shall be elected for a 1-year term; the Steering Committee is comprised of a Recording Secretary, Communications Director, Treasurer, and six at-large members. The Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) Coordinator is an elected position which does not serve on the Steering Committee.

 

The following descriptions of these elected leadership positions are aligned with Article VIII, Sections 1-6 of the proposed Bylaws revisions. Further information about the Steering Committee’s composition, purpose, and duties can be found in Article IX of the proposed Bylaws revisions here.

Recording Secretary

The Recording Secretary will be responsible for the taking of minutes of all Steering Committee meetings, and shall have custody of these minutes, and resolutions, reports and other official records of the Local. They shall be responsible for ensuring that key decisions and meeting minutes are available to members of the Local. They shall also be responsible for maintaining detailed and accurate membership records in coordination with the Membership Committee, as well as Local bylaws and official Local organizational policies. They shall transfer all records to their successor at the end of each their term.

Communications Director

The Communications Director will be responsible for

  1. Coordinating public-facing statements from the Local, including but not limited to the DSA-LA website, social media, and blog.

  2. Coordinating regular internal email newsletters and announcements.

  3. Coordinating a Communications Committee that includes representatives from each Local Group in the chapter, to ensure that both external and internal communications accurately represent work done across all of the Local’s groups.

Treasurer

The Treasurer will be responsible for the funds and financial records of 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. In cooperation with the Communications Secretary, 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 to the General Meeting of the Local, as well as periodic progress reports as requested by the Executive Committee of the Local.

At-Large Officers

At-large officers of the chapter serve as members of the Steering Committee and are responsible for ensuring all Steering Committee work is executed in accordance with the Local’s Mission and Organizational Priorities.

YDSA Coordinator

Though elected by the chapter, the YDSA Coordinator is not a member of the DSA-LA Steering Committee. The YDSA Coordinator shall be responsible for maintaining a network of coordinators and representatives from YDSA chapters across Los Angeles, as well as extending that network to include nearby regional DSA and YDSA chapters. They shall be responsible for ensuring that YDSA chapters have abundant avenues to work in solidarity with the Chapter’s work, as well as to request resources and support from the Chapter for YDSA chapter-led campaigns and initiatives.

 

Voting For Local Officers

The proposed revisions to the chapter bylaws do not outline specific voting methodology for the Local Officer elections. In advance of the Annual Convention (Article IV. Section 1) the Steering Committee has selected plurality voting for named positions, and ranked choice (Borda Count) for the at-large positions. We strongly encourage members to research and propose voting systems for future elections at the Annual Convention.

 

At-large, members of the new Steering Committee will be elected using the Borda Voting system—the tabulation system used to count DSA’s National Political Committee. Voters will rank candidates in order of preference. Your first choice vote will receive 6 votes, your second choice vote will receive 5 votes, and descending down to 1 vote for your sixth choice. The points awarded to each candidate will be tallied. The top six vote getters will make up the at large body of the steering committee.  For the named positions (Recording Secretary, Communications Director, Treasurer, and YDSA Coordinator) each voter will have one vote, and the winner will be the candidate with the most votes.

Timeline

October 8-16: Self-Nomination window for Nominations Committee

October 17-21: Online vote for the 3-person Nominations Committee

November 1: National Dues payment cutoff for candidates and voters.

November 1-11: Nomination window for Local Officers

November 12: List of Local Officer candidates posted publicly

November 18: Local Officer Candidate Forum

November 19-26: Local Officer election window

November 27: New Local Officers announced