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At our Tuesday, April 23rd meeting (6pm at the Labor Temple, 922 East St. Patrick Street) we will hold election of officers for Pennington County Democrats. The people we elect will lead our party through the all-important 2020 election cycle, so please help us choose among what we hope will be a field of excellent candidates.

The offices are Chair, Vice Chair, Recording Secretary, Communications Secretary, Treasurer, State Central Committeeman and State Central Committeewoman. These officers make up the Pennington County Democrats’ executive board.  All members of the Pennington County Democrats’ Executive Board meet once a month as a board and may also be asked to meet at additional ad hoc meetings.

The term for each office is two years and begins May 1, 2019. Here are “job descriptions” for these positions:

Chair:  This person presides over all meetings of the Pennington County Democrats. S/he also drafts agendas for meetings. Finally, this person represents Pennington County as a member of the SDDP Central Committee.  This requires attendance at 3-4 weekend meetings per year, most of them outside the Rapid City area.

Vice Chair:  This person conducts meetings if the Chair is absent.  S/he also may draft agendas for meetings in the Chair’s absence.  S/he also represents Pennington County as a member of the SDDP Central Committee.  This requires attendance at 3-4 weekend meetings per year, most of them outside the Rapid City area.

Recording Secretary:  This person takes minutes at all meetings of the Pennington County Democrats and provides copies at the following month’s meeting. 

Communications Secretary:  This person is responsible for Penn Dems’ social media accounts.  S/he posts meeting notices to the Penn Dems’ email list using Constant Contact, updates the Facebook page and posts to the Penn Dems’ website.  As our internet presence expands, so will this person’s duties.

Treasurer:  This person is responsible for the Penn Dems’ bank account, balancing the checkbook and making deposits as necessary.  S/he reports on our expenses, deposits and balance at every Penn Dem meeting.  S/he is also responsible for filing all necessary campaign finance reports with the South Dakota Secretary of State

State Central Committeeman and State Central Committeewoman:  These people represent Pennington County as members of the SDDP Central Committee.  This requires attendance at 3-4 weekend meetings per year, most of them outside the Rapid City area. 

By the South Dakota Democratic Party’s Constitution, only registered Democrats who live in Pennington County may vote for officers, and must be present at the meeting to vote.

We will conduct the elections, one office at a time, beginning with nominations, then each candidate may speak for up to 3 minutes. The votes will be on paper ballots and will be tabulated by the Treasurer, with the count then being validated by the Communications Secretary. 

If anyone is interested in running for any of these offices, please contact Karen McGregor, current Communications Secretary, at karenmcgregor924@gmail.com. Please include a short statement about why you are seeking office and, if you have one, a small photograph of yourself.  She will post these profiles on our social media platforms so the membership can consider the candidates before the election.

We hope to see you on Tuesday, April 23rd!