About Page County Democratic Party
The purpose of this organization shall be to elect Democrats in Page County, the state of Iowa, the Congressional District and in the Nation, and to further all Democratic interests and principles as stated in the preamble to this Constitution by any and all legal actions deemed necessary by the organization.
PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY
CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS
We, the members of the Page County Democratic Party, in order to organize and perpetuate a representative, effective and responsible party organization in Page County, Iowa, advance the interests of the Democratic Party nationally, sustain and advance the principles of social justice and democracy, and uphold civil rights, civil liberties, and constitutional government, do establish this Constitution and Bylaws for the Page County Democratic Party.
Article I. NAME
Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Page County Democratic Party
Article II. PURPOSE
Section 1. The purpose of this organization shall be to elect Democrats in Page County, the state of Iowa, the Congressional District and in the Nation, and to further all Democratic interests and principles as stated in the preamble to this Constitution by any and all legal actions deemed necessary by the organization.
Article III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. The Page County Democratic Party shall consist of interested, registered Democrats in Page County.
Section 2. Members of the Party shall be responsible for promoting and sustaining Democratic Party interests at the precinct level, carrying out programs adopted by the membership and supporting candidates for office who are nominated by the Democratic Party.
Article IV. MEETINGS
Section 1. The Page County Democratic Party shall meet at least once every other month. The Chairperson may decide, or the membership may decide by majority vote, to meet more frequently.
Section 2. The Chairperson shall cause notice of meetings to be e-mailed to each member of the Party who provides an e-mail address and to be posted in County media.
Section 3. Meetings shall be open to any interested person regardless of their status as a member.
Article V. PRECINCT CAUCUSES AND COUNTY CONVENTIONS
Section 1 Precinct caucuses shall comply with the laws of the State of Iowa and the Constitution of the Iowa Democratic Party.
Section 2 County Conventions shall comply with the laws of the State of Iowa and the Constitution of the Iowa Democratic Party.
Article VI. OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of this organization shall be the Chairperson, two Vice Chairpersons, Secretary, and Treasurer. Vice-Chairpersons shall represent both the east and west sides of Page County. East Page County shall be defined as the townships of Douglas, Valley, Nodaway, Nebraska, Harlan, East River, Amity, and Buchanan and the cities within those geographical areas. West Page County is defined as the townships of Pierce, Fremont, Grant, Tarkio, Morton, Lincoln, Washington, Colfax and the cities located within these geographical areas.
Section 2. The officers shall be elected at the organizational meeting, which shall be the March meeting in election years. A majority vote of the members present and voting shall be required to elect an officer.
Section 3. The term of office for each officer shall begin immediately upon election by the Party and shall continue until a successor is elected, unless he or she is removed by the membership for non residency, inattention to duty or incompetence or he or she resigns. Inattention to duty includes but is not limited to support of a candidate for public office who is running against a candidate nominated by the Democratic Party or failure to attend three consecutive meetings without a valid excuse. A written resignation shall be submitted to the Chairperson when an officer resigns unless the officer resigning is the Chairperson in which case the resignation shall be submitted to one of the Vice-Chairpersons.
Section 4. An officer can be removed from office by vote of two-thirds of the members present.
Section 5. When a vacancy occurs in an office, the vacancy shall be announced prior to the next meeting of the Party and open for nominations. At the next meeting following the announcement of the vacancy, the floor shall be open for nominations. When nominations have ceased, the balloting shall take place.
Article VII. RECORDS
Section 1. All records of the Party held by the Chairperson, Vice-Chairpersons, Secretary and Treasurer shall be made available within a reasonable time and in a reasonable manner for review of any member or officer of the Party upon request. All officers shall give to the secretary or the Chairperson all records and documents upon leaving office.
Article VIII. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Party. It shall advise the chair and, when necessary, act on behalf of the Party in between regular meetings. The Chairperson shall regularly report all actions taken by the Executive Committee to the Party at the next Party meeting.
Section 2. The Chairperson shall serve as chief executive officer, acting in ex-officio capacity on all committees, and shall preside over all Party meetings and meetings of the Executive Committee. The immediate past Chairperson shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee as an advisor and in whatever other capacity the Executive Committee may direct.
Section 3. A Vice-Chairperson, appointed by the Chairperson, shall assume the duties of the Chairperson in that officer’s absence and shall in the event of a vacancy on the Executive Committee assume the duties of the vacant office until the vacancy is filled.
Section 4. The Secretary shall be in charge of all files and non-financial records of the Party and shall prepare necessary documents and general correspondence and preserve such material. The Secretary shall be responsible for sending notices of meetings when directed to do so by the Chairperson.
Section 5. The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds of the Party and shall present a written report of total receipts and disbursements at each meeting. The Treasurer shall file all proper financial reports with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board in accordance with Iowa Campaign Finance Laws. In addition, the Treasurer shall be in charge of all financial records and transactions of the Party, subject to audit in March of each year. The Treasurer shall have final authority on questions of compliance with federal law and the Iowa Campaign Finance Laws.
Article IX. COMMITTEES
Section 1. The Audit Committee shall be composed of members appointed by the Chairperson, approved by the membership, to audit the Treasurer’s record in March of each year and whenever a treasurer leaves office.
Section 2. The membership may create additional committees or sub-committees as the need arises.
Article X. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Section 1. The parliamentary authority shall be the rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
Article XI. AMENDMENTS
Section 1. This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended at any Page County Democratic Party meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present, providing that the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous meeting and included in the meeting notices.
Article XII. INDEMNIFICATION
Section 1. Where county party rules are absent, rules of the Constitution of the Iowa Democratic Party apply.
Section 2. The Page County Democratic Party may, to the full extent permitted by the law, indemnify and hold harmless its directors, officers, agents, and others.
ARTICLE XIII – DISSOLUTION
Section 1. In the event of dissolution, the residual assets of the organization shall be turned over to the District Democratic Party Treasurer.