2020 Galveston County Democratic Party Convention - March 21, 2020

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The March 21, 2020, Galveston County Democratic Party (GCDP) convention will be held at the College of the Mainland in the new conference center, building 21, rooms 135A & 135B, adjacent to the Gym, building 4. Doors open at 8:00 AM for delegate checkin. You can pre-register here:

Enter the center from parking lot D.

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Coffee and sweets provided before the convention and a box lunch provided.

If you'd like to volunteer to help make this convention a complete success, contact Dr. Judy Stapp-Hollis:
(281) 900-9732, jstapphollis@gmail.com

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Paid for by your donations to the GCDP:
Galveston County Democratic Party
PO Box 756 Friendswood, TX 77549-0756

Help defer convention costs by donating here:

 

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  • Charles Hailey
    commented 2020-02-15 10:53:38 -0600
    We Haven’t Asked Recently …

    We really appreciate our current 29 sustaining donors. They are helping to pay our monthly expenses and some of the larger costs for an election year. We have several significant expenses to pay for in 2020:

    A primary election where we have to pay the county elections office to facilitate our primary election. They have the voting machines and the staff to tabulate the results and we have to pay them;
    A county convention to select state delegates and vote on resolutions. We have to pay for facilities, insurance, and refreshments;
    Getting out the Vote. Since we can never have enough volunteers, we plan to hire help to make calls and knock on the doors of Democrats and encourage them to vote. We also plan to pay for Democratic promotional material to leave with/send to voters. We will also need to pay for Texting services to remind voters of how important they are for winning this election;
    We’d like to have enough funds to pay for offices for providing candidate material and as a headquarters to coordinate the ground game for our county campaign efforts.

    As seen in the chart below, we do have a small monthly income. However, we need much more. It would be great to double our 29 sustaining donors to help pay our monthly expenses that will increase with any office space we may rent. We also need additional major donations to cover the larger expenses listed above. Donate here.

    Thank you again to our current 29 sustaining donors, the many donors for our successful vote-by-mail campaign, and to all who are working hard to elect Democrats locally and across the state. We made gains in 2018 and we need to build on that success with your help.

    https://secure.actblue.com/donate/gcdpdonationgen?refcode=GCDPWebElection
  • Charles Hailey
    commented 2020-02-12 13:07:50 -0600
    Here is a sample agenda for our GCDP county convention on March 21, 2020, at COM:

    PURPOSE:
    In the simplest terms, the purpose of the County Convention is twofold:

    - To elect delegates to the State Convention (to be held in San Antonio, June 4-6, 2020), and
    - To adopt county resolutions to be submitted at the State Convention.

    ORDER OF BUSINESS:
    The order of business at the County Conventions shall be as follows:

    a. Call to Order. 1. Pledge of Allegiance 2. Welcome 3. Recognition of guests (candidates, media, honored visitors) 4. Announcements 5. Brief statements by our candidates b. Establishment of Temporary Roll of Delegates. (Art. IV B 4.)

    c. Report of Credentials Committee. The credentials report shall include recommendations regarding challenges of attendees and shall be considered according to the Rules in Article V, and shall be acted upon before other business is considered.
    d. Report of the Rules and Procedures Committee and action on its report.
    e. Election from among those present of a Convention Chair if the County Chair or Senatorial District Chair is absent or declines the position, a Permanent Secretary, and other officers necessary to conduct Convention business. (Texas Election Code §174.065)
    f. In presidential years, completion of the presidential preference or uncommitted status poll. (Art. IV10(i)).
    g. Election of Delegates and Alternates to the State Convention by each Precinct or Grouped Precinct Conventions as set forth in Art. IV (B) 10 or 11.
    h. Other Business: Committee reports, resolutions, etc.
    i. Adjournment.
  • Charles Hailey
    commented 2020-02-11 12:33:19 -0600
    One of the primary functions of the County Convention is to identify delegates for the state convention. Here is more detail on that process for the Galveston county convention on March 21, 2020:

    Each county will get delegates based on an allocation of one delegate for every full 300 votes the Democratic nominee for Governor Lupe Valdez received in the 2018 election.

    Exclusions to the alloted delegates: County Chairs at the time of the June convention (new incoming Chairs), immediate past retiring Chairs, SDEC or DNC members from your county are automatic delegates to the State Convention, so they are NOT in these base numbers. Here is the chart of total delegates for Galveston county, excluding the aforementioned delegates:

    Note: If we have 127 attendees to the county convention, all will be eligible to be delegates to the state convention.

    Delegate details for other Senatorial Districts and counties:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CspYwCcugE_Iy-SMl7aaas9RGkA_pydIAd75QQGCiA8/edit#gid=0

    Allocating delegates by precinct:
    Any precinct who had 300+ votes will caucus to elect one person from their precinct to the state convention.
    Any precinct which had 600+ votes will caucus to elect two persons
    Any precinct which had 900+ votes will caucus to elect three persons.
    ETC by 300 vote increments.

    For those precincts with less than 300 votes, the county chair must, before March 21st, group all such precincts so their vote totals go over 300 votes, so that they can caucus together to elect a delegate from the grouped precincts.

    There may be remaining delegate strength after these single precinct caucuses and groups precinct caucuses. Those delegates will be selected countywide to balance the delegation by gender and other affirmative action goals.

    In 2016, one of the delegates to the county and state conventions became the youngest delegate to the national convention. We may have a similar opportunity for the 2020 national convention. Her name is Kate Tyler and she will need your vote in the SD11 Caucus at the state convention to get to the national convention. She plans to be at the county convention, her first, to campaign for your vote. “I just turned 19 in November and I’m really interested in getting involved however I can with the party and to run to be a national delegate."

    If you have not yet done so, please preregister to become a delegate in the convention process:

    http://2020.texasdemocrats.org
  • Charles Hailey
    commented 2020-02-09 20:43:58 -0600
    Our county Democratic convention will be held at the new facilities at College of the Mainland. Location details here:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/178012293568333/

    The local convention is the start of the convention process that ends up with some local impact on the national convention. Those impacts include resolutions, state convention delegate selection, participation in the Senatorial District caucus at the state convention and other state convention business like approving resolutions for the state convention.

    GC Democrats will submit resolutions to the GC Resolutions committee (More to come in a separate email.). The GC committee will review and select resolutions to present to the GC convention delegates for final approval. The approved resolutions will be sent on for consideration by the state resolutions committee at the state convention. There the process is repeated by the state resolutions committee to select resolutions that are approved by the state delegates and sent on to the national convention.

    Delegate selection starts at the county/Senatorial District level. Delegates to the state convention are selected from attendees to the county convention. Each precinct is allotted a number of delegates based on Democratic votes cast in the last presidential election. Likewise at the state convention, each Senatorial District is allotted a number of delegates for the national convention. Those state delegates from all of SD-11, including Harris, Galveston, and Brazoria counties, are eligible and can compete to become a delegate to the national convention.

    The SD-11 caucus will be the first order of business at the state convention. Caucus leadership, male and female candidates to represent SD-11 in the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC), and delegates from SD-11 for the national convention will be selected at this caucus. If you become a delegate to the state convention and want to go to national, you will have to campaign within the caucus to be selected for national. You will be asked to speak to the caucus as to why you should be the national delegate.

    The following rules for the county convention, or something like them, will be provided to all convention attendees:

    Rules of the Convention.

    The Convention will be conducted according to the following rules, in order of precedence:

    - All applicable federal, state, and local laws (in particular, the Texas Election Code);
    - The Rules of the Texas Democratic Party, 2017-2018;
    - The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

    Qualifications and Eligibility to Participate.
    Any qualified Democratic voter who will be 18 years of age or older on the date of the General Election in November who resides in the county or senatorial district (as applicable) where the convention will be held and who has voted in the Democratic Primary, whether early, by mail, or in person, or who signs an oath affiliation to the Democratic Party and has not voted in another party’s primary, convention, or supported a candidate of another party, shall be eligible to attend, to participate in, and to be a candidate for any Party Office or for any Delegate or Alternate position to be filled at that convention, including the positions of delegate or alternate to the Democratic National Convention. (Texas Election Code §174.021)
    Convention Committees.

    The work of the Convention is conducted with the aid of four Committees, as specified in the Rules of the Texas Democratic Party.

    Convention Committees shall be:

    - Credentials
    - Rules and Procedures
    - Nominations
    - Platform and Resolutions

    Each committee shall be composed of at least 5 and not more than 15 members appointed by the County Chair from among persons who have preregistered to attend the Convention.

    If you want to work on one of these committees, please preregister here:

    http://2020.texasdemocrats.org

    A detail convention agenda, once it has been set, will be provided before the convention.
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