FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2019
Los Angeles County Democratic Party Statement on the California Democratic Party Officer Endorsement Threshold
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. González released the following statement on the California Democratic Party Officer Endorsement Threshold.
“The Los Angele County Democratic Part has recently had inquiries regarding the endorsement in the CDP Chair’s Election. The clarification requested is regarding the statement in the notice of meeting that a simple majority (over 50%) is needed to endorse in the CDP Chair’s race.
This statement accurately reflects a longstanding interpretation of our bylaws. While it is true that our bylaws reference a 60% threshold for endorsements and state that the endorsement article is the exclusive process for endorsing candidates for public office and ballot measures, these bylaws provisions ONLY reference endorsements for PUBLIC office and ballot measures. The bylaws are silent on the endorsement for Party or other non-public offices. The Chair has long ruled, without objection, that since the bylaws are silent, this is just a regular motion. Regular motions under Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised only require a simple majority vote.
This practice has been applied to candidacies for ALL the CDP offices and elections – including Chair, other Statewide Officers, Regional Directors, and Caucus Elections. And it has been applied to election to Party offices for well over a dozen years and was not something that was created for this race or the 2017 races.
We hope that this brings clarity to the issue.”