District 20 MCDCC Vacancy

Vacancy Announcement

We are now accepting applications for the District 20 position on the Central Committee vacated by Jheanelle Wilkins. Applicants may be male or female, must be 18-years or older, be a registered Democrat, and reside in Legislative District 20. A vote to select a replacement is scheduled at the Tuesday, March 14 meeting at 7:30pm at our office at 3720 Farragut Avenue, Suite #303, Kensington, MD.

The application deadline is Monday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m. This deadline also applies to endorsements for candidates. Applications must include a 1-page cover letter stating the position applied for, and confirmation of residency. In addition to the cover letter, applicants may include a resume of no more than 2 pages that includes current and/or past positions in the precinct organization or other elected positions, employment information, a history of involvement in past political campaigns, volunteer history for the Democratic Party, and current or past membership in MCDCC-chartered Clubs and Caucuses or other affiliations related to Democratic organizing or involvement.

Applications may be mailed to the Central Committee office at 3720 Farragut Ave. #303, Kensington, MD 20895, emailed to office@mcdcc.org, or dropped off at the office at the address above. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to give Committee members time to review your application before the March 14 meeting. No applications or endorsements will be accepted after the deadline.

Once You’ve Applied:

Once you’ve applied, applicants may contact MCDCC members at any time during the application period (see contact information for MCDCC members at www.mcdcc.org/about/#centralcommittee.) Applicants are also encouraged to solicit endorsements from residents of District 20, elected officials, community organizations, or MCDCC-chartered Clubs and Caucuses.

Manner of filling vacancies. (from the MCDCC Handbook)

At the meeting to fill the vacancy,

(a) each of the candidates will be invited to address the Central Committee, in public session, for five minutes each, in alphabetical order.

(b) after all of the candidates have had the opportunity to speak, the members of the Central Committee will have the opportunity, in open session, to question the candidates collectively;

(c) once the questioning has been completed, the Central Committee may publicly discuss the candidates and/or retire into executive session to discuss the candidates (as a personnel matter) – no votes may be taken during executive session, except to end the executive session;

(d) voting will be conducted in public session by a written ballot including the name of the voting member and will be disclosed after all the ballots have been received;

(e) all proxy ballots must be provided to the Secretary before the start of balloting;

(f) the Secretary will collect all ballots in a ballot box;

(g) the Secretary and Assistant Secretary will count the ballots;

(h) each candidate may designate one person to observe the counting of the ballots;

(i) an absolute majority of the ballots cast is needed to win the seat;

(j) if no candidate receives an absolute majority of the ballots cast, another ballot will be held after eliminating any candidate who received no votes and the remaining candidate who received the fewest votes; this process shall continue until a candidate receives an absolute majority of the ballots cast;

(k) If, after eliminating the candidate(s) who received no votes and eliminating the candidate(s) who received the fewest votes, there are four or fewer candidates remaining, then the Central Committee may discuss the candidates (or ask further questions of the candidates) for at least five minutes;

(l) Notwithstanding subsections (i) and (j) of this section, if at the end of a ballot no candidate received an absolute majority of the ballots cast and (on that ballot) a tie occurs among the remaining candidates with the fewest votes where the removal of all of the tied candidates would result in only one candidate (or no candidates) remaining (e.g., if one candidate receives 9 votes and the remaining two candidates receive 7 votes each), then no candidate will be eliminated as a result of that ballot and one final ballot will be held using a weighted preferential voting system. The weighted preferential voting system will work as follows:

(1) The Secretary will call the roll as provided in subsections (f) and (g) of this section.

(2) When each Central Committee member’s name is called, that member will rank all the remaining candidates in order of preference.

(3) The candidate that is the member’s first preference will receive a number of votes equal to the number of candidates remaining. The candidate that is the member’s second choice will receive a number of votes equal to the number of candidates remaining minus one; and so on. If, for instance, there were 3 candidates remaining, and a Central Committee member chose Abercrombie as their first choice, Baker as their second, and Carter as their third; then Abercrombie would get 3 votes, Baker 2, and Carter 1.

(4) Which ever candidate receives the most votes on this ballot will win the seat (if there is a tie for first place then there will be another ballot between just the candidates tied for first place).