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April 22, 2016

Message from the Chair of Island County Democrats:

The Island County Convention/10th LD Caucus is coming up at 1:00 PM on Sunday, May 1st. There are a lot of questions, so here’s an attempt to lend some clarity. The caucus/convention will be held at the Whidbey Children’s Theatre located at 723 Camano Ave., Langley, WA 98260. Link to the parking lot: https://goo.gl/maps/pXvqRonkoL32

A call to meeting was recently sent by email to all delegates and alternates elected at precinct caucuses. If you didn’t receive that email, then please check your spam folder. If you still don’t find it, then please contact me at icdchair@gmail.com. We have been working hard to correct email errors and we want to get it right. There will be an update email on the 26th with copies of resolutions sent later.

First let me say that ALL the planning for this event is being done by a handful of hard working local volunteers who consist of both Bernie and Hillary supporters. None of us has ever done this before, so we’re learning as we go. If you would like to help, please let me know.

The caucus/convention is advertised to “start” at 1 p.m. with doors opening at noon. During that first hour, our goal is to sign in and document as many delegates as possible. Starting around 1 p.m. we will begin seating alternates to replace delegates who are not present. Alternates will need to sign in and be available to be called until we fill all the missing delegate slots we can. The Credentials Committee is responsible for this activity. We are fortunate to have a very accurate and complete list of delegates and alternates that were elected at the precinct caucuses. Only delegates and seated alternates will be allowed to vote.

Once all the needed alternates are seated, we will elect a permanent chair and calculate the delegate allocation, based on presidential preference of the seated delegates and alternates. Following this, we will break into sub-caucuses, based upon presidential preference, and elect the allotted number of delegates to the 2nd CD Caucus and State Convention. Island County is authorized to elect a total of 18 delegates and 9 alternates.

While votes for 2nd CD Caucus and State Convention delegates and alternates are being tallied, we will review resolutions that were submitted at or after the precinct caucuses. We will vote to either approve or reject the resolutions as presented by the resolutions committee. Resolutions that are approved will be forwarded to the State Democratic Party for consideration at the State Convention.

After announcing the delegates and alternates elected to the 2nd CD Caucus/State Convention and final voting on resolutions, we will adjourn.

A final note – Please remember — Don’t run for delegate unless you can commit to attending the following:  2nd CD Caucus on May 21, 2016 in Stanwood; and WA State Democratic Convention on June 17-19, 2016 in Tacoma.

Thank you for participating!

Art Huffine

Chair, Island County Democrats,

icdchair@gmail.com

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