Call to Caucus to Nominate a Democratic Candidate

Virginia 22nd District House of Delegates

(Posted February 28, 2017)

Call. Pursuant to the Democratic Party Plan of Virginia ("the Party Plan"), the 22nd District House of Delegates Democratic Nominating Committee ("the Committee") hereby calls an Assembled Caucus on May 23, 2017 at 7:00PM at the Moneta Public Library Meeting Room, for the sole purpose of choosing a Democratic nominee for the November 7, 2017 General Election for the 22nd District House of Delegates("the 22nd District").

Candidate Requirements.
Each person seeking to become the Democratic nominee for the General Election for the 22nd District shall file a Declaration of Candidacy form with a filing fee of $500 by 5PM on May 10, 2017.  The filing fee shall be made payable to the Lynchburg Democratic Committee. Only those candidates who have timely and properly filed a Declaration of Candidacy form and paid the filing fee will have their names placed on the nomination ballot.Each candidate for nomination must meet all applicable requirements of state law, the Party Plan, and the Caucus Rules. Each form must bear the original signature of the candidate.

Caucus Rules, Forms, and Information.  
The 22nd District Democratic Nominating Committee shall provide notice of this caucus by placement of a notice of the caucus, including the date, time, and location, along with the Call to Caucus, on the Democratic Party of Virginia and the Lynchburg Democratic Committee websites; by email notification to the members of the Democratic Committees of Bedford, Campbell, Franklin, and Lynchburg who reside in the 22nd District; through a press release provided to newspapers of general circulation in the 22nd District; and through other reasonable means that will disseminate information about the caucus to registered voters in the 22nd District.  In addition, reasonable actions shall be taken to promote participation in the Caucus in accordance with the Affirmative Actions provisions of the Party Plan of the DPVA.  Any changes to the Caucus (including possible cancellation) will also be disseminated through the aforementioned channels.   

General Participation Requirements.
Every Democrat who is a registered voter in the 22nd District is urged to attend and to participate. No participant in the Caucus may intend to support any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in that General Election.  Participants will be required to sign a written declaration form in exchange for their nomination ballot.  There is no fee for voters to participate in the Caucus.

Voting Opportunities.
  Participants in the Caucus may vote only in person and at the designated time and location: 7:00PM on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in the Meeting Room of the Moneta Public Library, 13641 Moneta Rd, Moneta, VA 24121.  The doors to the caucus will open at 6:00PM and will close at 7:00PM and no further persons will be permitted to enter.  Those in line will be permitted to complete the check-in process and will be permitted to participate.  The Chair of the Nominating Committee, or his or her designee, shall be the Temporary Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Temporary Secretary and such other Officers of the Caucus as is deemed appropriate.  The Nominating Committee will prepare Temporary Rules for the Caucus.  Participants will adopt permanent Rules for the Caucus.

Determination of Nominee.
If more than one candidate files for the Democratic nominee for the 22nd District House of Delegates by the deadline, the candidates will be listed alphabetically on the ballot followed by the option of “No Nomination”.  The nominee will be elected by a plurality of the votes of the assembled caucus.  All filing fees less the cost of the Caucus will be refundable to the candidate committee for the candidate securing the Democratic nomination.  If only one person files properly to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 22nd District by the filing deadline, the Nominating Committee may cancel the caucus and declare that person the nominee.  If no person files properly to be a candidate for the Democratic nominee for the 22nd District by the deadline, the Nominating 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 Nominating Committee Chair may, before June 12, 2017, at an agreed upon date and time, convene the Democratic Nominating Committee to consider nomination of a qualified candidate who may become the Democratic nominee upon first filing with the Chair a Declaration of Candidate form and paying the filing fee for such office.

For questions about the Caucus, to request any accommodation necessary to ensure full participation, or to file a Declaration of Candidacy, please contact Ellen Ashwell, Chair of the 22nd District House of Delegates Nominating Committee, at  Candidates wishing to file must mail their Declaration of Candidacy to the Lynchburg Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 1363, Lynchburg, VA 24505 in sufficient time to meet the deadline of 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2017. (Postmark does not apply.)

February 26, 2017___________(date)

Signed:__Ellen Ashwell______(Chair)

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