KCDCC’s bylaws provide for the following standing committees:
- Finance and Development
- PCO Recruitment
- Platform, Resolutions & Bylaws
- Candidate Support
- Legislative Action
- Voter Outreach/Multicultural Networking Team
- Training and Workshops
- Ballot Measure Outreach
Committee responsibilities are further defined in Article IX of the Bylaws.
Finance and Development Committee
In addition to the committee chair and members appointed by the County Chair, the Treasurer of the KCDCC serves as Vice-Chair of this committee.
- Propose a budget for each calendar year andsubmit this budget to the Executive Board for approval at its February meeting.
- Propose policies and procedures to the Executive Board to govern the KCDCC fiscal operations.
- Oversee the fiscal operations of the KCDCC.
- Provide for a written audit report or independent review each year, either by a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or by a committee that conducts an examination of the KCDCC financial records. The Finance Committee shall be responsible for presenting this report to the Executive Board and for overseeing the implementation of recommendations.
- Propose methods of raising funds for the KCDCC and, with the approval of the Executive Board, implement and coordinate fundraising plans.
- Develop short and long-term strategies for meeting the financial obligations of the KCDCC.
- Develop strategies to build membership.
The Chair of the Elections Committee shall serve as the Chief Election Observer.
- Monitor the King County Records and Elections Division and recommend policies that will increase citizen participation in elections and improve the efficiency of elections as they are conducted. The Committee shall be responsible for supervising the recruitment of Democratic Party election board workers and observers.
- Develop and implement strategies to recruit, retain and train PCOs in cooperation with Legislative Districts. A subcommittee for Legislative District — PCO Coordinators has been formed to better serve our political community and may be reformed after each reorganization of the County Party.
- Develop strategies to build membership participation in grassroots organizing.
- Evaluate communications with the surrounding community and recommend policies and procedures to improve community outreach and communication.
- Evaluate communications with members and recommend policies and procedures to improve membership outreach and communication.
- Provide KCDCC Chair with reports of use and effectiveness of the KCDCC database, website, newsletter and other communication tools and make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding their improvement.
- Develop and maintain the KCDCC website.
Platform, Bylaws & Resolutions
- Review and recommend revisions to the KCDCC Bylaws and platform, to be approved by the KCDCC or its Executive Board.
- Review, revise and make recommendations for action on resolutions submitted by Legislative District chairs, prior to presentation of those resolutions to the KCDCC or its Executive Board. (See Article XII: Resolutions.)
- Prepare proposed Legislative District reorganization rules.
Candidate Support Committee
- Starting in January of each year, review the list of elective offices that will be on the primary ballot; determine where there are candidates needed. Propose a plan and procedure to KCDCC Executive Board for candidate recruitment.
- Reach out to and recruit potential candidates, working in concert with the WSDCC and the Legislative District leadership in King County.
- Approach and help train new Democratic candidates to fill all available positions on the primary and general election ballots.
- Organize candidate support.
The Endorsements Committee’s mandate is set forth in Article XI (Endorsements and Financial Contributions).
Section 11.1: Endorsement Authority
The KCDCC Endorsements Committee shall make recommendations to the KCDCC Executive Board regarding proposed endorsements of candidates for public office and positions on ballot measures.
Section 11.2: Endorsement Procedures
The Endorsements Committee shall draft endorsement rules and questionnaires for candidates. These procedures shall be approved by a majority of Executive Board members present and voting at least two months prior to the filing deadline. Members shall be notified at least 7 days in advance of the meeting at which these procedures are to be considered. Such notice shall include draft copies of the proposed procedures and candidate questionnaires.
Section 11.3: Questionnaire Requirement
No candidate for the state legislature or for county or local office shall be endorsed unless an applicable questionnaire has been received by the County Chair or his/her designee at least seven days prior to the KCDCC endorsement vote.
Section 11.4: Financial and In-Kind Contributions
KCDCC may give financial support to candidates, propositions, and ballot issues only if the Executive Board has endorsed the candidate or issue. Decisions regarding amounts of financial support to be given to any candidate or issue shall be determined by a majority vote of the Executive Board.
If more than one candidate is endorsed by the Executive Board for a given position, all support, whether financial or in-kind that may be given by the Executive Board for that position, must be evenly distributed among all candidates endorsed for that position.
Legislative Action Committee
The County Chair shall appoint the committee chair(s). Additional members of the LAC may include a LAC coordinator, and shall include up to two additional representatives of each Legislative District, appointed or elected by their Legislative Districts or, in the absence of such action, appointed by the County Chair. All KCDCC members are welcome to participate in LAC activities.
- Recommend a state Legislative Agenda on issues chosen by the committee, consistent with the most recent KCDCC platform, for approval at the January KCDCC meeting.
- Sponsor a KCDCC Lobby Day in Olympia.
- Foster closer relations between KCDCC and King County legislators by hosting them at monthly meetings.
- Review resolutions related to the committee’s Legislative Agenda, and vote on whether to recommend adoption of such resolutions by the KCDCC Executive Board.
- Communicate, advocate, and otherwise make known KCDCC positions on endorsed legislation, policy, budget, or resolutions.
- Coordinate with any legislative lobbyist hired by the KCDCC.
- Review legislation and/or governmental policy matters brought before the committee. This may involve legislation or policy at the local, county, state, or national level.
- Teach LAC members and the wider KCDCC membership effective methods for proposing, considering, tracking, and affecting legislation.
Voter Outreach/Multicultural Networking Team
- Reach out into the many, varied communities in King County to identify and register new Democrats so that KCDCC builds a base for the next election cycle and beyond.
- Develop a relationship with community leaders; participate in each others’ special events and work together on issues.
- Develop strategies for voter identification, registration, and education.
Training and Workshops Committee
- Design and develop political, organizational and grassroots training
- Provide and maintain training and educational materials on an ongoing basis, including online
Ballot Measure Outreach
- Track and recommend endorsement of or opposition to ballot measures that are being circulated for signature, or that signatures have been submitted for and/or have qualified for the ballot.
- Serve as a liaison to ballot measure campaigns consistent with our position on the measures, including being a coalition representative when appropriate.
- Help coordinate volunteer involvement and voter outreach consistent with our support or opposition to a ballot measure.
- Advocate for anyone who needs special accommodations in order to participate in activities of the Democratic Party.
- Provide education about such subjects as ableism and living with a disAbility.
- Recommend platform updates, legislation, and candidate questions to the appropriate KCDCC committees, focusing on issues specific to disAbled persons, including but not limited to homelessness, transportation, and mental health.