Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Time to Organize.

I was just informed that we will be meeting next Monday March the 10th at Trinity Church on Sumner Ave. in Springfield at 7:00pm. The purpose of this meeting is to organize our ward committees. Here is an explanation of what ward committees do for those of you who don't know.

The basic legal organization of political parties in Massachusetts is the ward and town committee. Each political party may elect a ward or town committee consisting of three to thirty-five members in each ward of a city and in each town for a four year term.
Members of ward and town committees serve in the following capacities:
  • Represent their party at the local neighborhood level.
  • Promote the objectives of the party.
  • Work for the nomination and election of party candidates.

Here is an excerpt from the Secretary of States website:

Organization of Ward and Town Committees

Following the presidential primary elections, each elected ward, town and city committee is required by law to organize by meeting within ten days following the 30th day after their election. At this first meeting the committee will elect a chairperson, a treasurer and a secretary. The committee may also fill any vacancies that have not been filled at the presidential primary and has the right to break any tied vote for a position on the committee by choosing between the two or more candidates who were tied.
Any ward or town committee member who moves to another ward or town automatically loses his membership on the committee at the end of that calendar year, if they don’t resign sooner. Any member who changes party enrollment or unenrolls from the party immediately loses his or her membership from the committee. Vacancies may be filled by vote of the committee. A committee may also appoint associate members. There is no limit on the number of associate members, but associate members do not have the right to vote at a committee meetings.
A city committee is not separately elected, but is composed of the several ward committees in a city. At its organizational meeting, which is held between the 31st and 40th days after the presidential primary, the city committee is required to elect a chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer.

I hope to see you all there, this is very important to the growth of our party.

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