STEERING COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS!
This month, DSA Los Angeles will be holding elections for the next Steering Committee term, which begins at the end of the month. Nominations are officially open today. If you're interested in running for any Steering Committee positions, or for the YDSA Coordinator position (full details below), please fill out the below forms, which are managed by your elected Nominations Committee. If you are nominating yourself, the nomination form includes two open-answer questions, which will be posted alongside the list of candidates as a candidate statement. You may also fill out the form to nominate another member for a position.
Nominated candidates will be contacted by the Nominations Committee to confirm their candidacy and prompted to submit their candidate statements by 11:59pm on October 26, 2018.
After candidates are announced on October 28th, the Nominations Committee will host a Local Officer Candidate Forum (details TBD), so that members may engage with and ask candidates questions. Following the forum, ballots will be sent to all members in good standing on November 10th, with voting closing one week later at 11:59pm on November 17th.
- October 12 - Nominations open
- October 26 - Nominations close at midnight
- October 27 - Deadline for candidates and members to pay dues (or request support from Comrades for Comrades) in order to run/vote in the election (deadline closes at midnight)
- October 27- November 9 - Steering candidate forums/events, organized by NomCom
- November 10 - Voting for Local Officers opens
- November 17 - Voting for Local Officers closes at midnight
VOTING FOR LOCAL OFFICERS
The Steering Committee is recommending plurality voting for named positions, and ranked choice (Borda Count) for the at-large positions. The voting method used in electing Local Officers is not codified in the bylaws and we strongly encourage members to research and propose voting systems for future elections at the next Annual Convention.
The Borda Voting system was used to elect DSA’s National Political Committee at the last convention, and last year’s Local Officer elections. In this system, the voters will rank six candidates in order of preference for six at-large positions on the DSA-LA Steering Committee. Your first choice vote will receive 6 points, your second choice vote will receive 5 points, descending down to 1 point for your sixth choice. The points awarded to each candidate will be tallied. The top six point-getters will make up the at-large body of the Steering Committee.
For the YDSA Coordinator and the named positions on the Steering Committee (Recording Secretary, Communications Director, Treasurer), we recommend a simple plurality system, where each voter will have one vote, and the winner will be the candidate with the most votes.
And as a refresher, if you’re thinking about whether you’d like to run for a Local Officer position, here are the various positions (and corresponding duties) that are up for election in November, as outlined by our bylaws:
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.
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 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.
- Ensuring that key decisions and meeting minutes are available to members of the Local.
- Maintaining detailed and accurate membership records in coordination with the Membership Committee, as well as Local bylaws and official Local organizational policies.
- Transferring all records to their successor at the end of each their term.
The Communications Director will be responsible for
- Coordinating public-facing statements from the Local, including but not limited to the DSA-LA website, social media, and blog.
- Coordinating regular internal email newsletters and announcements.
- 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.
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 Director, 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 Annual Convention of the Local, as well as periodic progress reports as requested by the Steering Committee of the Local.
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.
DUTIES OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE
The Steering Committee’s duties shall include:
- Facilitating and planning meetings of the Local at least six times annually, including the Annual Convention
- Accepting proposals and facilitating votes for updates to the Local Mission Statement, Organizational Priorities, and Bylaws.
- Ensuring that the Communications Coordinator, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer have sufficient resources and help to perform their duties.
- Evaluating proposals and analyses in accordance with Article VI.
- Overseeing Local communication and coordination with other DSA Locals and responsibilities to DSA National
- Facilitating coordination between Local Subgroups and ensuring that all projects are executed in keeping with the Local-wide Mission Statement and Organizational Priorities.
- Drafting and executing Local administrative policy in accordance with the Local Organizational Priorities to ensure the smooth working of the Local
- Requesting and receiving regular reports from all Local Subgroup Coordinators
- Empowering and overseeing a fundraising committee
- Having a cute group Signal thread
- Smashing capitalism