Wyoming Democratic Party Reorganization Explained
Overview: While the process of reorganization is detailed in the bylaws of the Wyoming Democratic Party, we wanted to provide a brief statement of how the process proceeds from County Parties to the State Party elections.
Every 2 years, in odd numbered years, the Wyoming Democratic Party holds elections for officers. This has two levels, elections for officers at the county level, and elections for officers at the state level.
County Level Elections
In March county parties will meet at the county seat and hold elections for the positions of County Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and State Committeeman and Committeewoman to lead their County Party. The Vice Chair shall be of the gender opposite of that of the County Chair, unless no one of the opposite gender is willing to serve as Vice Chair, in which case the county may elect a Vice Chair of the same gender as that of the County Chair. The officers serve a term of two years.
Q- Who can participate and vote in county reorganization meetings?
A- The County Central Committee is made up of precinct committee men and women. These are the voting members of the central committee who will be able to cast a vote for the officer positions. Many precinct positions were elected and certified in August during the primary elections. In precincts where Democrats did not run, the central committee may elect or the County chair has the power to appoint an eligible Democrat to that position. Our bylaws require those elections or appointments be made and certified in February or the meeting prior to the March election.
Q- Who can run for county leadership?
A- Any Democrat can run for an officer position but only precinct committeeman and women are eligible to vote.
Q- Why attend?
A- Whether you are a voting member or not this is an opportunity to have a voice in your party leadership, meet your precinct committee people and learn about your County Democratic Party.
Q- When and where will my county have their meeting for elections?
A- County leadership is currently setting a date and location for their March elections. For a complete list of these elections visit [insert link with list].
Q- I might want to run for a leadership position in my County, what would my responsibilities be?
A-Article V Section 6 of the WDP bylaws details the responsibilities for each position.
Q- I think I can do all that, what kind of support would I get from the state?
A- On April 8th we will hold a training in Sheridan for new and returning County Chairs, all are strongly encouraged to attend. In addition, we have a comprehensive County Chair Handbook that offers an overview of the best practices for running a county party organization. County leadership currently also receive regular updates from our state chair and staff with updates, resources, training links, guidance, and information about what is happening around the state.
State Level Elections
In April the state will hold its election to elect Chair, Vice Chair (who must be of the opposite gender to the Chair), Secretary, and Treasurer, none of whom need be members of the Central Committee, but who must be qualified Wyoming voters and registered Democrats. Each officer shall serve a two-year term.
The National Committeman and Committeewoman are not elected at this meeting as they are elected at the State Convention by the delegates and serve a 4 year term. The Chair, Vice Chair, National Committeeman and woman are the state’s representatives to the Democratic National Committee.
Q- Who can participate and vote in state reorganization meetings?
A- The State Central Committee is made up of the newly elected County Chair, Vice Chair, Committeeman, and Committeewoman from each county may vote for the new State Leadership. In addition to County Leadership, the four officers from the leadership of the statewide Young Democrats, and a representative from the Legislative Democratic Caucus also have voting privileges.
Q- Who can run for state leadership?
A- Any Democrat can run for an officer position but only members of the Central Committee (listed above) may vote.
Q- Why attend?
A- Whether you are a voting member or not this is an opportunity to have a voice in your party leadership, meet your state leadership, activists and volunteers from across the state, and learn about the Wyoming Democratic Party.
Q- When and where will the state have their meeting for elections?
A- Statewide leadership elections will take place April 8th in Sheridan, Wyoming. For more information visit wyodems.org as it gets closer.
Q- Q- I might want to run for a leadership position, what would my responsibilities be?
A-Article III Section 6 of our bylaws details the responsibilities for each position.