MCDP Proposed BYLAWS

The below proposed bylaws will be submitted for a vote at the Maricopa County Democratic Party’s 2019 Summer Convention on July, 27th.

Article V Legislative District Committee

Section 6: Legislative District Officer Vacancies

If a Legislative District Officer resigns, is removed from office, or dies, their office shall be filled by a majority vote of the members of the Legislative District Committee at the next regular meeting unless that meeting is less than 30 days from the date the seat was vacated. In such a case the vacancy will be announced at the next meeting and the election to fill the vacancy will be the following regular meeting. If the Chair’s position is the vacancy the 1st Vice-Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair until an election in the appropriate amount of time can be held. If the 1st Vice-Chair is elected as Chair, then on that day the 1st Vice-Chair seat will be considered vacant and be filled through the regular process.

If a Legislative District officer is absent for three consecutive meetings without cause, such absence shall be deemed a resignation.

Article VI MCDP County Committee

Section 6: Vacancies in the MCDP Executive Board

If a member of the MCDP Board resigns, is removed from office, or dies, their office shall be filled by a majority vote of the members of the MCDP Executive Committee at a meeting. Such officer shall serve in an interim capacity until the next MCDP Committee meeting. If the Chair’s position is the vacancy the 1st Vice-Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair until the next MCDP Committee meeting. If the 1st Vice-Chair is elected as Chair, then on that day the 1st Vice-Chair seat will be considered vacant and be filled through the regular process.

If an MCDP officer is absent for three consecutive regular meetings without cause, such absence shall be deemed a resignation.

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Article XV[1] Endorsements, Campaigns, and Campaign Work

The following are a few rules regarding employment, conduct, and public endorsements. These rules apply to members of the Executive Committee[2]and all MCDP staff, all of which combined will be henceforth referred to as “officials” for the duration of this article.

Section 1:  Maricopa County-Wide Offices

Officials cannot publicly endorse county-wide candidates during a contested primary. Candidates running unopposed in one office after the filing deadline will receive a de facto MCDP endorsement unless that candidate is slated with other candidates who are facing opposition in the primary. Officials cannot endorse or publicly support a candidate that is not a Democrat. 

Section 2: Paid Campaign Work

Any official cannot also accept current paid work from ANY candidate for any office while working or serving within MCDP. If any official is found to have accepted current paid work for a candidate, one time or continual, that official is subject to immediate removal.

Section 3: Volunteer Campaign Work

Any official may do volunteer work for a candidate’s campaign with the following exceptions

  • The work violates any campaign finance rule or law.
  • The candidate is not a Democrat or in the case of a non-partisan race they make it known they are not a Democrat.
  • The work done for the candidate undermines the mission and values of MCDP.
  • The work done gives undue favor to the candidate over other Democratic primary candidates in good standing with MCDP.

Any violation of these exceptions constitutes an immediate removal for the official.

Section 7: Disclosure

All campaign work must be disclosed to the MCDP Executive Board and Executive Director. Any failure to disclose any and all work for a candidate to MCDP will be subject to immediate executive board inquiry.

 

(A clarification on the footnotes. Currently there are three footnotes in the draft, but only two that would make it into the final bylaw. Footnote 1 which explains the numbering of this bylaw and what would be the next would go into effect and cease to be needed on the article if approved. In the final draft, footnotes 2 & 3 would become 1 & 2 respectively and this notation would also not be part of the final draft)

 

[1] If this Article is approved, then the current Article XV, “Amendment of Bylaws” would become Article XVI so the amendment process may remain at the end of the bylaws.

[2] Please refer to Article VI Section 4

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