Maine Democratic Party Vacancies to be Filled Dec. 13
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on Tuesday, December 13th at the Inn at Bath. The event will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the business portion scheduled to get underway by 6:30 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard on the issues you care about,” says Bronwen Tudor, County Chair of the Sagadahoc County Democratic Committee. Sagadahoc County is entitled to three representatives on the Democratic State Committee (DSC) in addition to the County Chair who serves ex-officio as a voting member. The DSC is the governing body of the Maine Democratic Party between conventions and includes representatives from each county based on voter registration in the most recent gubernatorial election. It also includes Maine’s members of the Democratic National Committee, delegates from the State House and Senate caucuses, and representatives from the Congressional Offices.
The DSC meets the 4th Sunday of every other month in Augusta from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Representatives do not have to be members of their county committee but must be registered Democrats from their county. Representatives are initially elected at the State Convention by delegates from their county but vacancies must be filled by the County Committee.
The current members of our Sagadahoc delegation are Jane Scease of Topsham and Becky Halbrook of Phippsburg. Monte Hayes of Topsham serves as alternate. To satisfy gender balance guidelines the representative we elect in December should be male. He will serve until June when new representatives will be elected at the State Convention.
We also have three slots on the Platform Committee, which includes representatives from the sixteen counties plus three at-large members from the Democratic State Committee and representatives from affiliated organizations such as the Maine College Democrats. The group will meet four or five times before the end of the year to review, revise, and re-articulate the Maine Democratic Party’s positions on major social and economic issues. The meetings are usually in Augusta.
The Platform affirms core Democratic values and expresses the consensus views of Maine Democrats on specific issues. It serves as a guide for candidate selection and messaging during an election and helps shape Democratic policies and determine legislative priorities afterward. A discussion draft of the Platform will be circulated to the County committees for comment and then presented to the State Committee for review and amendment before being voted on at the State Convention next June.