DURHAM COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
March 19, 2011
Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Road, Durham, NC, 27705
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. ~ Precinct Meetings begin at 9:00 a.m.
The Convention begins at 10:00 a.m.
This year we will be electing new officers and members-at-large
You can pre-register at the DCGOP website www.durhamgop.org
Registration is $15 in advance and $20 at the door
For those of you who have never been to a Convention, below is a description of what the Conventions are about:
What happens at the GOP Conventions and why it is important to attend.
First of all, if anyone is interested in who is leading the state party, or what the state platform is, then to attend the state convention, one has to be elected as a delegate to their county convention.
Anyone who is at all interested in how their county, district and state party runs, should definitely attend all three conventions. Here is what happens at each:
In odd numbered years, all counties elect county chairman, vice chairman and other officers. Most counties also elect at-large members of their executive committee. Most counties in NC have their precinct meetings immediately before their county conventions, and in order to be a delegate to the county convention, you must be present at your precinct meeting. For counties like Wake who have precinct meetings on a date earlier than their county convention, it is crucial to attend the precinct meeting to be elected as a delegate to the county convention. Also, precinct meetings elect precinct officers, including the precinct chair. Good precinct chairs are the foundation to getting the vote out. In many counties, precinct chairs also sit on the county executive committee.
At the County Conventions, delegates are also elected to the district and state conventions, so if you want to go to either of these conventions, you need to be at the county convention. In some cases, your name can be brought up during the convention if you are not there and you can be elected, but this is up to the sitting county chairman. Good county chairmen are the key to good candidates being recruited, and for Republican voter turnout.
At district conventions, in odd numbered years, District officers, including chairmen are also elected. We are not certain this year exactly when district conventions will take place, but they are normally in April. This year, we will not have district convention until either April or whenever the legislature draws and confirms new congressional districts. At the district conventions, we also elect members at large to the State Executive Committee.
The state convention this year will be in Wilmington June 3-5. Although Robin Hayes was just elected by the NCGOP Executive Committee to fill the rest of Tom Fetzer’s term, he will be running for a full term in June. There are likely to be other candidates. No one has officially announced yet. The June Convention will also elect a Vice Chair. Also, the state convention adopts the plan of organization (the rules we will run by through the 2012 convention), the 2011 platform and resolutions. There are lots of opportunities at the state convention to interact with Republicans from across the state and to hear good nationally known speakers.
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Thirteenth Day of March in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.