Bylaws (page 1)

Including amendments adopted July 15, 2003 and amended April 15, 2007

Article I
Name and Purp
ose

  1. Name
    The name of this organization shall be the Democratic Party of Coos County, herein refered to as "Central Committee."

  2. Purpose
    The purpose shall be to:
    1. Elect Democratic candidates.
    2. Promote the interests of the Democratic Party in Coos County.
    3. Represent the Democratic Party with the Democratic party of Oregon.
    4. Encourage and assist young people to participate in the Democratic Party.

Article II
Authority

  1. Authority and Rules
    The Democratic Party of Coos County shall have the power at their meetings to conduct business and shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order, Revised.

  2. Governing Body
    The Central Committee shall be the governing body of the party.

Article III
Democratic Central Committee

  1. Membership
    The membership pf the Central Committee shall be composed of:
    1. Those Precinct Committee Persons elected in the Primary election preceding the general election.
    2. Those Precinct Committee Persons elected in by the Central Committee in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes and these bylaws.
    3. All Democrats elected to partisan office within Coos County.
    4. The Democratic Party's elected nominees within Coos County.
    5. Any elected officer of the Central Committee.
    6. Delegates and Alternatives to the State Central and Fourth Congressional District Committees.
  2. Vacancies
    1. The committee may elect a person as a Precinct Committee Person who is a registered Democrat and whose precinct residency qualifies by law.
    2. Such a person's name shall be submitted to the Central Committee and elected no sooner than the next regularly scheduled


Bylaws (page 2)

  1. Vacancies (Con't)
    1. Such elected Precinct Committee Person shall hold office for the unexpired term thereof and shall have the same powers, duties, and privileges of Committee Persons elected in the primaries.

  2. Resignation
    A member of the Central Committee may resign by written notice to the Chairperson of the Central Committee and such resignation will be effective immediately.

  3. Meetings
    1. The Central Committee shall meet once a month unless otherwise called.
    2. The meeting place and date shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
    3. The meeting is to be called by the Secretary each month.
    4. Notice of all meetings shall be given by mail or email at least six days prior to the date of the meeting.
    5. The proposed agenda shall be included in the notice.
  4. Quorum
    1. A quorum shall consist of fifteen percent of the elected Precinct Persons.
    2. If a quorum is not present, official business may not be transacted at that meeting.

Article IV
Executive Committee

  1. Executive Committee Officers
      The officers of this organization shall be the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and Governor.
    1. Other members of the Executive Committee will be the delegates to the State Central Committee and the Fourth (4th) Congressional District.
    2. The executive Committee shall meet at least once a quarter.
  2. Eligibility for Central Committee Office
    1. Any legal resident of the county for a period of (6) six months and a registered Democrat.
    2. Officers do not have to be Precinct Committee Persons.
    3. All persons nominated for officers shall either be present or have a letter presented declaring their willingness to serve at their time of nomination.
  3. Duties
    1. Chairperson
      The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings or the Central Committee and perform such duties as are customarily delegated to the office of Chairperson.
    2. Vice Chairperson
      In the absence of the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson shall perform the duties of the Chairperson, will serve as chair of the budget committee, and shall also discharge responsibilities the Central Committee may assign.
    3. Secretary
      The Secretary shall prepare the minutes of all meetings of the Central Committee, keep all records, and perform other duties as the Committee and Chairperson may direct.

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  1. Duties (con't)
    1. Treasurer
      The Treasurer shall work with the budget committee and shall be the custodial of all funds of the Central Committee: shall furnish written monthly status reports of the treasury, shall accurately complete and file the required Contributions and Expenditures reports in accordance with the Oregon Revised Statues and shall maintain financial records.
      The budget committee shall consist of the Vice Chair, the Chair of the Fund Raising Committee, the Treasurer, one other member of the Executive Committee, and at least one other member not on the Executive Committee. It shall study the financial needs of the organization and shall be responsible for drafting and presentation of a adequate annual budget.
      The officers of the Executive Committee must approve expenditures outside the budgeted amounts. If unbudgeted expenditures exceeds $100, the Officers of the Executive Committee will report it at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Central Committee.
      Normally, the Treasurer and the Chairperson will sign checks unless they are related and then that duty will fall to the Vice Chair and the Treasurer.
  2. Governor
    The Governor shall be elected from among former chairs.

  3. Vacancies
    1. In case of the resignation. Incapacity or death of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson shall become the Chairperson for the unexpired term of the Chairperson.
    2. The Central Committee shall elect officers to any other vacancy for the offices of Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Governor , or Delegates.
  4. Terms of Office
    1. Officers shall serve from the organizational meeting following the general election until the reorganization following the next general election as specified in Oregon Revised Statutes.
    2. Reorganization shall be in compliance with ORS 248.033 and State Party bylaws.
  5. Meetings
    1. The Executive Committee shall meet at the call of the Chairperson for the purpose of facilitating the business of eh Central Committee.
    2. All Actions taken by the Executive Committee will be reported to the Central Committee at its nect regulatory scheduled meeting.

Article V
Delegates and Alternates

  1. There shall be Delegates and Alternatives to the Democratic State Central Committee and to the 4th Congressional District Committee in accordance with State Central Committee bylaws.
  2. Delegates and Alternates shall be elected by the Central Committee.
  3. When a Delegate of the Central Committee is unable to attend a meeting of the State Central Committee of the 4th Congressional District, an Alternate Delegate elected by the Central Committee may attend with full voting privileges.

Bylaws (page 4)

Article VI
Committees

  1. There shall be such committees as the Chairperson or Central Committee shall establish.

Article VII
Amendments

  1. These bylaws shall be subject to amendment at any meeting providing that the proposed amendment, together with the bylaws it would change, are presented at a meeting of the Central Committee, notice of the changes is made by mail, and action on the proposed amendment is taken at the next meeting of the Central Committee.

Article VIII
Affirmative Action

  1. The Central Committee shall insure the widest and fairest representation in its organization and activities.
  2. All rules shall be adopted by procedures that assure the fair and open participation of all interested people.
  3. Discrimination in the cons\duct of party affairs on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color. Creed, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, parenthood, marital status, economic status, or ethnic origin shall be prohibited.
  4. All Party meetings shall be open to the public.