I hope you saw the President's farewell speech on Tuesday (ICYMI, here it is). He asked us to believe again, in our ability to create change together. He asked us to reject the politics of cynicism and organize to make our country and our communities stronger. He's right. There's so much work to be done and we need your help to do it.
First, please save-the-date for our 2017 regular General DEC meetings. The doors open at 6pm, meetings start at 7pm, and end approximately at 8:30pm. (locations are still TBD).
- General Meeting - Monday, February 27
- General Meeting - Wednesday, April 26
- General Meeting - Wednesday, June 21
- General Meeting - Monday, August 28
- General Meeting - Monday, October 30
- General Meeting/ Holiday Party - Monday, December 11
The credentials committee has received updated information for a couple of applicants. The final report recommends the following Democrats as Elected precinct committee members to fill existing precinct vacancies. They are as follows:
TO: Juan Cuba, Chair, Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee
FROM: Teresa Gavalda, Out-going Chair, Credentials Committee
SUBJECT: Interim Credentials Committee Report
The credentials committee reviewed and verified the applications of the following Democrats at the December 6, 2016 reorganizational meeting. The committee confirmed the applicants' party registration and identified precinct where vacancies existed. The committee recommended the Democrats listed in the attached table as Elected committee men/women for their respective precincts.
The credentials committee has completed the review of over 500 applications that were submitted by Thursday, December 15 at Noon EST. First, the committee reviewed each applicant's party registration and identified the applicant's precinct. There was 41 applications that were either rejected or the committee could not identify in our voter database or in the Supervisor of Elections website. Second, where there were vacancies in a precinct, the committee filled them on a first-come first-serve basis. In total, the committee recommends 251 Democrats as Elected precinct committee members to fill existing precinct vacancies. The committee also recommends 17 Democratic municipal elected officials for Elected Official membership which, once approved by the DEC, will give them automatic status under our bylaws. There are two At-Large appointments that Chairman Cuba has already indicated he intends to make. And, finally, there are 171 Democrats who applied but, at the time of their submission, no vacancy in their precinct existed. These Democrats are available for At-Large appointments. It is at the Chairman's discretion to appoint Democrats as At-Large members.
The full report is below:
As Chair, it is my responsibility to appoint members to lead our standing committees and/or create new ad-hoc committees that are important to a well-functioning party. We want to open up this selection process to all members. We have assigned a panel of our newly elected officers to review applications and over the next couple of weeks they will make recommendations.
The roles are as follows:
- General Counsel
- Finance Committee Chair
- Credentials Committee Chair
- Rules & Bylaws Committee Chair
- Affirmative Action Committee Chair
- Voter Registration Committee Chair
- Issues Committee Chair
- Campaign Committee Chair
- Legislative Liaison Committee Chair
- Interclub Council Chair
- Labor Committee Chair
- Communications Committee Chair
- Training Committee Chair (new ad-hoc)
- Budget Committee Chair
If you see that there is a role that is important but missing from this list, let us know. There is an option on the google form to suggest the creation of a new ad-hoc committees.
For a full description of the responsibilities of each role, please review the bylaws
Article II, Section 2.1 and Section 5. For your convenience, it is listed below (click read more):