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Our Bylaws

CLATSOP COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I -- NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee.

ARTICLE II -- OBJECTIVE

Section 1. It shall be the objective of the Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee to further the aims of the Democratic Party, particularly to assist in the election of all Democratic candidates.

Section 2. The Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee shall ensure the widest and fairest representation of its members in its organization and activities. Rules shall be adopted by procedures that assure the fair and open participation of all interested Party members.

Section 3. Discrimination in conduct of Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee affairs on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, economic status or ethnic origins is prohibited. All Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee meetings shall be open to the public. All available media shall be used to publicize all meetings and functions in advance.

ARTICLE III -- MEMBERS

Section 1. The Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee shall be composed of the Democratic precinct committee men and women of Clatsop County.

Section 2 Precinct committee men and women shall be elected in accordance with Oregon law. In those cases where no person is elected or vacancies occur after election, the Central Committee may fill vacancies by appointment. Appointment shall be made by majority vote of those present at a duly called meeting of the Central Committee.

ARTICLE IV -- OFFICERS

Section 1. The Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee shall have a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer. The chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be of opposite sexes.

Section 2. Any legally registered Democrat in Clatsop County shall be eligible to hold any office on the Central Committee.

Section 3. The chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Central Committee and Executive Committee. The chairperson shall appoint, with the approval of the Central Committee, all standing committee members and such special committees as the chairperson or the Executive Committee may deem necessary. The chairperson shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee. The chairperson shall remain neutral in all national, state and local primary elections.

Section 4. The vice-chairperson shall preside in the absence of the chairperson, and as the chairperson when the office is vacated or until a successor is elected. The vice-chairperson shall assume other duties as assigned by the chairperson

Section 5. The secretary shall send out meeting notices and shall keep minutes of the meetings of both the Central Committee and the Executive Committee. Copies of the minutes shall be provided for the chairperson and shall be kept on file. The secre­tary shall also retain a correct record of the by-laws with changes and shall write appropriate correspondence as directed by the chairperson.

Section 6. The treasurer shall have custody of the funds of the Central Committee and shall keep an account of all receipts and expenditures. The treasurer shall issue checks only upon directions from the Executive Committee and with the co-signa­tures of the chairperson. The treasurer shall submit a written financial report at each Central Committee and Executive Committee meeting. The treasurer’s books shall be open to inspection on the written request of any member of the Central Committee. The inspection shall be offered no later than one week after the receipt of notice. The treasurer shall have the books ready for audit at the end of the terms of office or at any time upon demand of the Executive Committee. The treasurer shall be a member of the Finance Committee. The treasurer shall also maintain a petty cash fund, upon authorization of the Executive Committee, for incidental expenses.

ARTICLE V -- NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1. A nominating committee of three members shall be elected at the September meeting prior to the organizational meeting. The committee shall report at the October meeting and elections shall be held at the organizational meeting. Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the October and November meeting. Consent of any nominee must be obtained before placing his or her name in nomination.

Section 2. All officers shall be elected by ballot at the organizational meeting, except in the case of one candidate for an office, then the vote may be by voice. The officers shall be elected for two years or until their successors are elected. Any vacancies for the offices of chairperson, vice—chairperson, secretary or treas­urer shall be filled at the next meeting of the Central Committee, which shall be held within thirty days of the vacancy.

ARTICLE VI -- MEETINGS

Section 1. The Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee shall meet monthly, except that by majority vote, one subsequent meeting may be canceled. In election year, one meeting shall be an organizational meeting, which shall be held within 45 days after the general election. Meetings may be called by the chairperson and must be called upon the request of the Executive Committee or by written request of ten members the Central Committee. This request for a meeting shall be submitted to the secretary specifying the date of the meeting. At least six days written notice of such a meeting shall be given to each precinct committee member together with an agenda of the prin­cipal matter proposed for consideration.

Section 2. A quorum for all meetings of the Central Committee shall consist of five members of the Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee.

Section 3. Each member of the Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee shall have one vote. Voting by proxy shall not be allowed.

Section 4. The Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee shall provide adequate notice in the meeting’s agenda and shall require a two-thirds vote of the members in attendance in order for a ballot measure to be endorsed or opposed. The CCDCC will be officially neutral on any measure that does not receive a two-thirds vote.

ARTICLE VII -- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers and the chairperson or the standing committees and the immediate past chairperson.

Section 2. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at least once a month, except when the committee may vote to waive a meeting.

Section 3. A quorum shall be a majority of the members of the Executive Committee.

Section 4. The Executive Committee shall conduct all business between meetings of the Central Committee and any other business referred to it by the Central Committee.

ARTICLE VIII -- PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The rules of procedure contained in Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall govern the Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee business.

ARTICLE IX -- AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote at the organizational meeting or at any other meeting provided previous written notice has been given at least one week in advance to each Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee member.

STANDING RULES

1. Any member of the Executive Committee or a standing committee who has missed more than three consecutive meetings without adequate excuse shall be replaced with the appropriate action taken by the Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee.

2. The Budget and Finance Standing Committee shall be responsible for preparing the budget in cooperation with the treasurer, for fund raising activities, and for the planning and implementation of a headquarters for the Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee.

3. The standing rules may be amended or suspended at any meeting by a majority vote.