Rules for Endorsement

SAN JUAN COUNTY DEMOCRATS

RULES FOR ENDORSEMENT

September 28, 2017

These rules shall govern all endorsements of candidates, ballot issues, initiatives, and measures requested of and/or made by the San Juan County Democrats (SJCD). This set of rules applies to primary, general, and special elections.

  1. An Endorsement Committee will be appointed by the Chair of the SJCD (“Chair), who shall establish the committee by appointing its chair and its other members; the total number of members will be either three or five, at the discretion of the Chair. All members of the Endorsement Committee shall serve until December 31 of even-numbered years.
  1. Only endorsements properly requested in writing by candidates or by the proponents of ballot issues, initiatives, and measures will be considered by the SJCD. Such requests must be made as follows:

a. CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS:

i. Candidates requesting a SJCD endorsement will be supplied with a questionnaire which shall have been developed for each race on the ballot by the Executive Committee or the Endorsement Committee.
The candidate may also supply whatever additional information he or she may desire.

ii. The Endorsement Committee shall begin considering endorsement requests as soon as the completed questionnaires are received.

iii. No recommendation to endorse shall be made until at least two weeks after the filing deadline of the race in question.

iv. Either the candidate or Endorsement Committee may request a face-to-face meeting between the two, which will be scheduled depending upon availability of the principals.

b. BALLOT ISSUES, INITIATIVES, AND MEASURES:

i. The proponent of the issue, initiative, or measure may request an endorsement.

ii. A request by the proponent must include a copy of the ballot issue, initiative, or measure, and a statement setting out why the issue, initiative, or measure ought to be adopted.

iii. Either the proponent or the Endorsement Committee may request a face-to-face meeting between the two, which will be scheduled depending upon availability of the principals. The proponent may also submit whatever additional information he or she may desire.

  1. The Endorsement Committee shall set and publicly announce a closing date for completed endorsement requests, including all required paper work, to be received by the Committee for each election cycle.
  1. As soon as possible after the closing date for endorsement requests, the Endorsement Committee shall meet and consider all requests. The approval of each individual request for an endorsement recommendation shall require the approval of a majority of the members of the Endorsement Committee.
    After deciding on all requests, the Committee will prepare a Proposed Endorsement Report and submit that report to the Chair. The Chair will forward the Report to all voting members. At its next meeting, the SJCD will consider each endorsement recommendation made by the Endorsement Committee and either accept or reject that recommendation. If a SJCD meeting is not scheduled at a timely point for this purpose, the Chair may call a special meeting of the SJCD. An affirmative vote of at least 60% of those present and voting is required for the approval of an endorsement.
  1. The Endorsement Committee may recommend, and the SJCD may decide, to not endorse any candidate in a race, but the SJCD may decide rather to approve one or more candidates. Such an approval indicates only that the the candidate or candidates so approved are acceptable to the SJCD. An affirmative vote of at least 60% of those present and voting is required for the ratification of an approval.
  1. When the Endorsement Committee makes its recommendations, it may or may not include a recommendation that funds be provided to the endorsed candidate/ballot issue, initiative or measure (subject to SJCD budget limitations and provisions made in that year’s budget for this purpose). The SJCD Executive Committee may then approve, disapprove, or modify this funding recommendation, subject to the same budgetary limitation. Endorsed candidates are eligible to receive such funds, if approved. Approved candidates are not entitled to funds.
  1. After the voting membership has met and made its decisions regarding endorsement, and the Executive Committee has decided upon any funding levels, the Chair will communicate those decisions to the requesting candidate or ballot measure proponent. Any funds appropriated will be distributed as per the By-Laws of the SJCD.
  1. The Chair will arrange for appropriate publication of the endorsement decisions of the SJCD.

Adopted September 28, 2017