A Chair and Secretary are required for each House, Senate and County Commissioner district (Districts). Vice Chairs and Treasurers are encouraged to add their skills and knowledge and share the responsibilities. All District Officers who reside in Arapahoe County are automatic members of the Arapahoe County Democratic Party Executive Committee which meets monthly on zoom.
State House District (HD) Officers
Democratic Party activities are centered in our House Districts. Therefore HD leadership is key to the strength and success of the Party. HD's foster community engagement throughout the year and organize volunteers to help Democrats win elections.
HD Officer positions are outlined below, but Officers are encouraged to share their strengths and interests and divide HD duties as best fit their board.
CHAIR - runs meetings, plans events, communicates with the County Party, guides the board in carrying out the duties of the HD per the rules, the County Party and the HD Central Committee.
1ST VICE CHAIR - works with the Chair to complete tasks, runs meetings in the absence of the Chair
2ND VICE CHAIR - works with the Chair to complete tasks, often focusses on community outreach and/or PO support
SECRETARY - communicates with the HD community, keeps minutes and records, sends meeting notices, often works in VAN (Votebuilder database) to track POs (elections, appointments, and resignations).
TREASURER - tracks money raised at meetings, events and fundraisers, encourages donations, works with the County Treasurer to deliver funds raised to the County Party, works with the HD Chair to complete tasks
HD ACTIVITIES can include the following. Training and support are available from the County and State parties.
Monthly meetings with the State Representative, Senator(s), and/or other speakers
Regular communication with local democrats through newsletters and social media
Community outreach and voter registration events
Precinct Organizer training and support
Candidate support in general elections such as canvassing, phone banking and lit dropping
Fundraising to help support the County Party office/infrastructure, and HD & County activities
Running Caucus and ReOrg meetings with County support
Identifying races within its jurisdiction and finding democrats to run
State Senate District (SD) and County Commissioner District (CCD) Officers
Each SD and CCD elects a board of Officers to recruit democrats to run for office in that district, and may support the candidate in the general election. The board also runs a vacancy election should the elected State Senator or County Commissioner leave office during their term.
Per the Arapahoe County Democratic Party Rules:
CHAIR. The Chair shall be the chief executive officer of the Party, with all duties and obligations incumbent with the position, and shall carry out the mandate of the Central and Executive Committees, issue the call to and preside at all meetings of the Central and Executive Committees, serve as an ex officio member of all committees, supervise the business and financial affairs of the Party, oversee all campaigns within the county, act as public spokesman for the Party, and carry out the duties prescribed in the State Party Rules.
1ST VICE CHAIR. The First Vice Chair shall perform such tasks as assigned by the Chair necessary to carry out the duties of the Chair. In the absence of the Chair, the First Vice Chair shall preside at all meetings and exercise all authority of the Chair.
2ND VICE CHAIR. The Second Vice Chair shall perform such tasks as requested by the Chair.
SECRETARY. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Central and Executive Committees, maintain the files and records of the Party, oversee the operation of the Headquarters, provide any information requested by the County Clerk or Secretary of State, and perform other duties as requested by the Chair.
TREASURER. The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds of the Party and shall make all payments mandated by the Party, provide written accounts of receipts and disbursements at each meeting of the Central and Executive Committees, prepare and file all financial reports required under State and Federal election laws, participate in the writing of each fiscal year’s budget, and serve on the Finance Committee.
State Central Committee (SCC) - Members elected at County ReOrg attend State ReOrg on April 1, 2023 to elect the State Party Officers; they meet several more times throughout the year in different areas of the state; they generally govern the State Party.
State Executive Committee (SEC) - Members elected at County ReOrg meet one or more times throughout the year; the main responsibility is to vote on the State Party budget.
County/State Platform Committees - At County ReOrg each HD elects one member to serve on the State Platform Committee to revise and update the Democratic State Party Platform; these committee members also serve on the County Platform Committee which makes suggestions to the State Platform Committee. The State Party is considering changes to how the State Platform Committee completes its work.
County Rules Committee - At County ReOrg each HD elects one or more people to serve on the County Rules Committee; members update the County Rules to stay in compliance with law and State Party Rules.
County Outreach Committee - At County ReOrg each HD elects one or more people to serve on the County Outreach Committee, members work towards strengthening ties between the Democratic Party and the surrounding community.
County Credentials Committee - One or more people from each HD serve on the County Credentials Committee which assists with registration and participant eligibility at County Assembly & Convention; may help with County ReOrg too.
REORG ELECTION RESULTS
WHAT is “ReOrg” and HOW can I participate?
WHEN are the Multi-County Reorganization meetings?