40th Special Meeting to Elect Chair & Whatcom V-Chair, Sun, Sept 8, Noon, Bellingham

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Elected PCOs, Appointed PCOs, and Members of the 40th LD Democrats,

There is an important update regarding eligible voters at the upcoming Special Meeting.

The 40th LD sent out two previous emails about the Special Meeting stating that only Elected PCOs may vote on the election of officers.  This is in accordance with the 40th Bylaws, and does hold true for the January Re-Org.  After consulting with the State Party, we now know that, according to the WSDCC Bylaws, Appointed PCOs are eligible to vote on elections of officers that occur after the Re-Org.   State Party Bylaws supersede local organization Bylaws.  So, on September 8th, both Elected PCOs and Appointed PCOs in the 40th LD will be allowed to vote on the removal of an elected officer and the election of new officers.

The purpose of this meeting is to vote on the removal of the current Chair, elect a new Chair, and (for the Whatcom PCOs) elect a new Whatcom Vice-Chair.  It would be greatly appreciated if you would RSVP to lmwinterpace@comcast.net (with “40th LD” in the subject)–it is vital that we have a quorum.

The information below regarding the duties of the Chair and Vice-Chair is taken from the 40th Bylaws.  If you, or someone you know, are interested in running for either Chair or Whatcom Vice-Chair, send me an email at lmwinterpace@comcast.net and please include “40th LD” in the subject.

Linda Winter Pace, Acting Chair, 40th LD Democrats

40th LD Party Office Duties & Responsibilities

The officers elected to the 40th Legislative District Executive Board represent a large geographical area ranging from as far north as downtown Bellingham to as far south as Burlington to as far west as San Juan Islands and as far east as Acme. It is important these persons be actively involved with the Party and its betterment, as well as being willing and able to devote time and energy to its activities.


The Chair is the central figure of the LD Democratic Party. This person must have considerable organizational skills and be respected by party members. The Chair calls and presides at meetings of the executive committee as well as general membership meetings. He or she is responsible for arrangements for re-organization meetings, special elections, and ultimately any and all functions of the Party.

Specific Duties:

1) The Chair shall, as soon as possible after the reorganization meeting, appoint the various committee chairpersons and solicit volunteers for committees.

2) The Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, except the nominating committee, and shall have the power and the duty to appoint such additional committees as are deemed necessary for the effective operation of the Fortieth District Organization.

3) The outgoing Chair shall arrange the Reorganization Meeting and preside over the election of the new Chair. Upon the election of the new Chair, the outgoing chair shall relinquish control of the meeting to the incoming chair.

4) The incoming Chair shall preside over the remainder of the Reorganization Meeting and perform such other duties as normally pertain to the office of the District Chair.

5) The Chair shall have the power to appoint an assistant to any officer whenever, in his or her opinion such an assistant is necessary or beneficial.

6) The Chair shall be the chairperson of the Executive Board.

7) The Chair shall be the Public Relations officer of the Fortieth District Organization.


Vice Chairs

The First Vice Chair assumes the role of Chair when the Chair is unavailable. Ideally, this person would assist the Chair in their roles and responsibilities.

The 40th LD has 3 Vice Chairs–one for each county (Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan). Each Vice Chair is responsible for attending the Democratic meetings of the county they represent and reporting back to the 40th District. This is important because the 40th represents 3 counties and we try to avoid overlapping our events with county and neighboring LD organizations. In addition, there may be duties specific to each County Organization.

Specific Duties:

The Vice-chairs shall aid the Chair of the District Organization and shall in the absence of the Chair, preside over meetings as stated in the aforementioned section. Vice-chairs  shall serve as liaisons to their respective counties. One Vice-chair shall be appointed each calendar year to the position of First Vice-chair, the term of which shall expire at the end of each calendar year. The First Vice-chair shall assist the chair by carrying out those responsibilities delegated by the Chair and will preside at meetings in the absence of the Chair.

The Whatcom Vice-Chair is a voting member of the Executive Boards of the Whatcom Democrats and the 40th LD Democrats, and as such, is expected to attend the meetings and be a paid member or a PCO of both organizations. Also, the Whatcom Vice-Chair represents the 40th LD on the Whatcom Democrats Candidate Committee and the Whatcom Democrats Crosstalk Committee if the Chair doesn’t live in Whatcom County or the Chair asks the Vice-Chair to be the 40th LD representative on one or both of those committees.

Start Date - End Date

Sep 08, 2019 - Sep 08, 2019

Start Time - End Time

12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Location

221 Prospect St Bellingham, wa 98225

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