CALL TO CAUCUS TO NOMINATE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
York County and City of Poquoson

Board of Supervisors and Constitutional Officers

May 12, 2019


 

The York-Poquoson Democratic Committee will hold an unassembled caucus (firehouse primary) on June 1, 2019, between 12 and 3 PM at Yorktown Library, 8500 George Washington Mem Hwy, Yorktown, VA for the purpose of nominating Democratic candidates for the York County Board of Supervisors and Constitutional Offices for York County and the City of Poquoson for the General Election on Nov. 5, 2019.

I. Candidate Filing:

Each person seeking to become the Democratic nominee for the General Election for York County or Poquoson shall file a Declaration of Candidacy form with Rebecca Leser, York-Poquoson Democratic Committee Chair. The deadline for filing is Friday, May 24, at 5 PM at PO Box 1121, Yorktown, VA 23692. Only those candidates who have timely and properly filed a Declaration of Candidacy form will have their names placed in nomination. The Declaration of Candidacy form shall be available on the York-Poquoson Democratic Committee website at www.yorkpoqdems.org.

II. Qualification of Candidates:

The Declaration of Candidacy form, which the candidate must sign, will include a written declaration that the candidate:

  • Is a Democrat and not a member of any other political party;

  • Meets all requirements of state law to be placed on the ballot for the General Elections;

  • Is eligible for the office they are seeking under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia;

  • Does not intend to support, endorse, or assist any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in this General Election;

  • Will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party for this General Election; and

  • Agrees to abide by the Caucus Rules, the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, and all laws applicable to this nominating process and the General Election.

 

III. Notice:

The York-Poquoson Democratic Committee shall provide notice of this caucus by placement of a general notice of the caucus, including noticing the caucus date, time, and location, along with the Call to Caucus, on the Democratic Party of Virginia, the York-Poquoson Democratic Committee websites; by email notification to the members of the York-Poquoson Democratic Committee; through a press release provided to all relevant newspapers of general circulation in the York County and the City of Poquoson; and through other reasonable means that will disseminate information about the caucus to registered voters in York County and the City of Poquoson. In addition, reasonable actions shall be taken to promote participation in the caucus in accordance with the Affirmative Action provisions of the Party Plan of the DPVA.

IV. Participation:

Every Democrat who is a registered voter in York County and the City of Poquoson is urged to attend and participate. Each participant must sign a written declaration that he or she:

  • Is a Democrat and not a member of any other political party;

  • Does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in this General Election;

  • Has not participated in and will not participate in the nominating process of any other party for the positions listed above; and

  • Is registered to vote in York County or the City of Poquoson.

 

V. Conduct of Caucus

Voting will begin at 12 PM and will close at 3 PM. Those in line at the close of voting will be permitted to vote.

The Chair of the York-Poquoson Democratic Committee, or his or her designee, shall be the Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Secretary and such other Officers of the Caucus as is deemed appropriate. The York-Poquoson Democratic Committee will prepare the Rules for the Caucus. Individual caucuses shall be run for each of the Board of Supervisor Districts.

VI. Determination of Nominee:

If more than one candidate files for the Democratic nomination for any of the individual Board of Supervisors Districts or the Constitutional Offices by the deadline, the candidates will be listed alphabetically on the ballot and will be elected by a plurality of the votes of the unassembled caucus.

If only one person files properly to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for any of the individual Board of Supervisors Districts or the Constitutional Offices general election by the filing deadline, the Chair of the York-Poquoson Democratic Committee may cancel the caucus for the individual district and declare that person the nominee. If no person files properly to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for any of the Offices by the deadline, the Chair of the York-Poquoson Democratic Committee may cancel the caucus. If there is no filed candidate, or if the properly nominated candidate withdraws or dies, or if the caucus is unable or does not occur in the times and dates specified, the York-Poquoson Democratic Executive Committee may convene before June 11, 2019 at 5 PM, at an agreed upon date and time, consider the nomination of a qualified candidate who may become the Democratic nominee upon first filing with the Chair a Declaration of Candidacy form for such office.

VII. Waivers:

The York-Poquoson Democratic Committee shall seek appropriate waivers from the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) regarding expediting the time frames required by the Party Plan, if necessary.


 

ADOPTED:                                            

 

Date 5/12/19; Rebecca Leser - Chair, York-Poquoson Democratic Committee

Candidate Declaration Form