I hear from people all the time who say the equivalent of “a plague o[n] both your houses!” It can seem like our current political system paralyzes our government and blocks progress on any significant issues. If there is a bright spot to be found, it can be found at the local level. YOU can make a difference locally. Democrats in Los Alamos County will have the opportunity on Monday evening.
The governance structure of the Democratic Party is simple, which makes it easy for any Democrat to participate. The structure of the party starts small and local with ward elections. A ward is simply a collection of neighboring precincts. The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County has six wards. Registered Democrats in each ward elect representatives and leadership (chair, vice chair, etc.) to serve on the County Central Committee.
The County Central Committee is the governing body of our County Party and is composed primarily of representatives elected by each Ward. After Ward Elections, the next step is electing the leadership of the County Central Committee and others who will represent us at the state level. The representatives elected at our ward meetings vote for our new County chair, vice chair and two additional State Central Committee members.
The State Central Committee is the governing body of the State Party. It elects the officers of the Democratic Party of New Mexico and members of the National Committee. The National Committee elects the national officers of the Democratic Party.
Every committee member and officer may be changed every two years. This Monday is your opportunity to get involved and make a difference. We will hold Ward Elections, elect our new county chair and vice chair and members of the State Central Committee. Join us Monday. Run for: State Central Committee, County chair, County vice chair, or to represent your Ward. Or just show up and vote.
All Democrats who have been registered in Los Alamos County for at least 30 days and currently reside in Los Alamos County are eligible to attend and vote at the Ward Meetings. That is where the process starts. That is where you can get involved and make a difference. I hope to see you there.
- Monday, March 9 at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall;
- 6-6:30 p.m. Registration; and
- 6:30 p.m. Ward Meetings and Elections.
Direct questions to DPLA Chair Robyn Schultz at dplacChair@gmail.com or 505.500.4164.