Rules for 2018-2019 Reorganization Caucus

  1. The doors of the caucus room will open and the certification process will begin at 7:00 pm on January 10, 2018. An official clock will be identified by the Temporary Chair of the Caucus. This clock will be used for all timekeeping.
  2. The doors to the caucus meeting room will be closed promptly at 7:30 pm. A five minute warning will be issued by the Temporary Chair at 7:25 pm. Persons standing in line to complete a certification form at the time the doors close will be allowed to complete their forms and participate in the caucus.
  3. The Temporary Credentials Committee will be responsible for checking in caucus participants by confirming that they are registered to vote in the district. Every person who participates in the caucus must complete a certification from and sign a statement that says they are a registered voter of the District, a Democrat, and that they do not intend to support a candidate opposed to the Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election.
  4. The caucus will be called to order by the temporary chair. The District chair or his/her designee shall act as the temporary chair.
  5. The first order of business shall be the election of a permanent chair.
  6. The permanent chair shall appoint the permanent caucus secretary.
  7. The chair shall call upon the Temporary Credentials Committee for a report of the number of credentialed participants in the caucus.
  8. The chair shall thereupon offer a report on Temporary Rules. Upon a motion for adoption, the Temporary Rules may be amended from the floor (but must comply with the Call to Convention), put to a vote, and adopted.
  9. Immediately prior to the distribution of ballots, the permanent chair shall ask if there are any slates to be recognized. Only those slates properly prefiled as a slate of delegates on or before the deadline will be recognized as such. First name, middle initial, and last name of each of those properly prefiled shall be listed on the caucus ballot in alphabetical order. They must also be numbered. A slate may be presented on the ballot and designates as “Slate A,” “Slate B,” etc. It is prohibited to give any preferential treatment to any slate and none will be listed as the “official slate.” Each slate will be announced and the names of the members of each slate read by the chair.
  10. Ballots will be distributed only to those persons who have submitted a registration form per the Call to Caucus.
  11. Caucus participants will be instructed by the chair as to the maximum number of delegate and/or alternate candidates for whom they may vote. Those wishing to vote for a slate may mark only the slate in the appropriate space provided. Ballots showing votes of more delegates than is allowed will be declared invalid. If a slate is offered which does not contain the maximum number of delegates, a participant may vote for the slate simply by marking in the appropriated space and then mark the names of the other candidates listed in alphabetical order so long as the maximum number is not violated. Slates may also include alternates.
  12. Caucus participants may vote for individual delegate candidates by placing an “X” beside the appropriate name. They may vote for a slate by placing an “X” on the slate space provided on the ballot.
  13. Alternates elected shall be those persons receiving the next highest number of votes from the delegates, unless they have prefiled on a slate to be an alternate.  
  14. A tellers committee, representative of the assembly, shall be appointed by the chair to collect and count the ballots. Each candidate is entitled to have one representative who will observe the tellers committee count the ballots.
  15. Upon collection of the ballots, the caucus meeting shall stand in recess until the tellers committee has reported its count to the chair. The tellers committee shall report directly to the chair who will announce the vote. The number of ballots may not exceed the number of credentialed participants as reported by the Credentials Committee.
  16. Upon the announcement of the results and the collection of all documentation, the caucus will adjourn.
  17. The official ballot will be marked with the word “official” at the top. The names of all delegate candidates will be listed in alphabetical order and numbered. Space will be provided at the bottom portion of the ballot for any pre-filed slate of delegates and alternates.
  18. Tie votes will be decided by the flip of a coin.

Call to Caucus for Reorganization

CALL TO CAUCUS FOR LOCAL COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION
FREDERICKSBURG DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

January 10, 2018

 

Pursuant to the authority provided by the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee hereby calls an assembled caucus beginning at 7:30 PM (doors open at 7 PM) on January 10, 2018 at the Fredericksburg Veterans of Foreign Wars (2701 Princess Anne St).  The purpose of the caucus will be to elect the new members of the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee.

I. Candidate Filing:

Each person seeking to become a member of the Committee shall file a Declaration of Candidacy form with the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee Chair.  Filings shall be made from 7 AM on December 21, 2017 until 7 PM on January 10, 2018 using the form linked here. Only those candidates who have timely and properly filed a Declaration of Candidacy form will have their names placed in nomination.

 

II. Notice:

The Fredericksburg Democratic Committee shall provide notice of this caucus by placement of a general notice of the caucus, including noticing the caucus date, time, and location, along with the Call to Caucus, on the Democratic Party of Virginia, the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee websites; by email notification to the members of the Fredericksburg Democrats who reside in the City of Fredericksburg; and through other reasonable means that will disseminate information about the caucus to registered voters in the City of Fredericksburg. In addition, reasonable actions shall be taken to promote participation in the caucus in accordance with the Affirmative Action provisions of the Party Plan of the DPVA.

III. Participation:

Every Democrat who is a registered voter in the City of Fredericksburg is urged to attend and participate. Each participant must sign a written declaration the he or she:

  • Is a Democrat and not a member of any other political party;
  • Does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the upcoming Election;
  • Has not participated in and will not participate in the nominating process of any other party for this election; and
  • Is registered to vote in the City of Fredericksburg.

Affirmative Action:

It shall be the duty and goal of all members of the Fredericksburg Committee to seek out and encourage the broadest possible participation within the committee, and in its membership, of all duly qualified citizen without regard to race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic identity, disability, or economic status.

IV. Conduct of Caucus

The doors to the caucus will open at 7 PM and will close at 7:30 PM and no further persons will be permitted to enter. Those in line will be permitted to complete the check-in process and will be permitted to participate.

The Chair of the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee, or his or her designee, shall be the Temporary Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Temporary Secretary and such other Officers of the Caucus as is deemed appropriate. The Fredericksburg Democratic Committee will prepare Temporary Rules for the Caucus. Participants will adopt permanent Rules for the Caucus.

ADOPTED:

December 20, 2017                    Jason Graham, Chair, Fredericksburg Democratic Committee

Paid for by the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee

Resolutions Committee Report for 12/13/17

LETTER TO FDC MEMBERSHIP

Dec 13, 2017

From the FDC Resolutions Committee:

We have defined criteria for resolutions and have written two that address issues that are important to us all. Attached find please find these two resolutions (watershed and solar) that meet the criteria for well-designed resolutions. Please read them and think about them: They will be proposed to the FDC for a vote at a later date.  More resolutions will be forthcoming before the Congressional District 1 convention/caucus this spring.

Please contact Rob Roberson <rob at michaelroberson dot com> of the Resolutions Committee to share issues that you believe support the core values of FDC.

CRITERIA FOR RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Single issue, clearly stated
  2. Factual statement of issue, concern, or problem
  3. Citation of credible source for issue definition
  4. Clear statement of connection to Virginia
  5. Statement of potential state agencies (future) responsibility
  6. Clear statement of rational approach to solution or amelioration

WATERSHED PROTECTION

The Fredericksburg Democratic Committee Endorses Policies to Protect the Natural Environment of The Commonwealth of Virginia

Whereas,

The fundamental values of American democracy since the Founding of our Nation, include Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  These values demand that the rights of individuals must not be abridged during the development and improvement of our society.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, being blessed by abundant natural beauty and tranquility, has long been the sought-after location for living in concert with nature.  Careful stewardship of natural resources has mostly succeeded in balancing individual rights with economic imperatives. Maturation of scientific means of monitoring and understanding changes in environments and their potential and real effects on life as expected in Virginia make it clear that this balance cannot continue without change in approach to exploitation for commercial benefit.

Coal mining, oil and gas exploration and exploitation, agricultural side-effects, are damaging ecosystems and polluting water supplies, constituting serious threats to the health and well-being of citizens.  The Rappahannock River is now listed as endangered by American Rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay is only now showing significant recovery from near-catastrophic pollution. Recent and proposed new Federal regulation changes threaten the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Therefore, be it resolved, the Convention:

That the Commonwealth enact laws and support regulations to control and ultimately eliminate contamination due to coal ash management and runoff, due to chemical incursion into streams, rivers and subsurface aquifers, due to agricultural fertilizer runoff, and further to prohibit dangerous techniques such as hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas bearing shale deposits.


SOLAR ENERGY

The Fredericksburg Democratic Committee Endorses Policies to Protect the Natural Environment of The Commonwealth of Virginia

Whereas,

The fundamental values of American democracy since the Founding of our Nation, include Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  These values demand that the rights of individuals must not be abridged during the development and improvement of our society.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, being blessed by abundant natural beauty and tranquility, has long been the sought-after location for living in concert with nature.  Careful stewardship of natural resources has mostly succeeded in balancing individual rights with economic imperatives. Maturation of scientific means of monitoring and understanding changes in environments and their potential and real effects on life as expected in Virginia (and the earth at large) make it clear that this balance cannot continue without rapid and aggressive actions to reduce production of hydrocarbon contamination of the atmosphere.

The U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report, (6/28/17) known as the National Climate Assessment Report (NCAP4) confirms and extends the warnings of NCAP3. NCAP4 was prepared by 13 Federal Agencies, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and written by 32 distinguished scientists as lead authors, 19 as contributing authors. The essential conclusion of these scientists and agencies is that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.  For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”  (https://science2017.globalchange.gov)

Solar energy is a proven and rapidly improving technology which is becoming a successful alternative to fossil fueled generation of electricity. Customer-owned, both residential and commercial, solar energy systems are a leading means for adoption of this important green energy technology.

Therefore, be it resolved, the Convention:

That the Commonwealth enact laws and support regulations to incentivize and otherwise promote installation of residential and commercial solar energy systems.