Who’s on the Central Committee?

The members of the Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee are comprised of:

1) 30 Elected Members: 6 members elected from each of the 5 county supervisor districts in Sacramento.

2) 15 Ex-Officio Members: the Democratic Party nominees for the U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization whose districts are in Sacramento County; and the Democratic Party nominees for the U.S. Senate and other statewide constitutional officers (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Controller, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction) who have permanent residence in Sacramento County. Ex-Officios appoint alternates who vote in their absence and who, to all intents an purposes, are the full voting member for that ex-officio position.

3) 16 Club Representatives: representing the 20 Democratic clubs in Sacramento County chartered with our Central Committee.

4) Alternates: Democrats appointed by Elected Members, Ex-Officio Members, and Club Representatives to get to vote in the absence of the appointing member. The alternate must meet the same eligibility requirement as the appointing member.

5) Associate Members: Non-voting members who are Democrats designated as associates by the Central Committee. Associates can serve as members of standing committees, subcommittees, or ad-hoc committees; are entitled to received DPSC communications; are eligible to be elected as delegates to the State Convention from the Central Committee and may serve as proxies for the Central Committee’s delegates to the State Convention.

How can I become an Elected Member?

Elected Members are six members elected by plurality vote from each of the 5 supervisor districts in Sacramento County. If someone wants to run they must pull papers from the county elections office, gather nominating signatures of at least 20 registered Democrats from their Supervisor District and file by the deadline. They will appear on the June primary ballot and the top six vote getters will take office the following January on the second Monday. These election occur only in presidential election years — the next election for Elected Members will be the June 7, 2016 primary election.

How can I become an Ex-Officio’s appointee?

Each Ex-Officio Member gets to appoint one registered Democrat as their alternate to the Central Committee. Some want to appoint one of their staffers. Some will appoint a person that they know that has expressed interest, for example a volunteer from their campaign. Some will appoint a person that the committee recommends to them or simple if some one asks them to. The only basic requirement is that the appointed person be a verifiable registered Democrat.

How can I become a Club Representative?

The other way to get a vote on Sacramento’s Central Committee is to be a chartered club’s representative. This is something that is in our bylaws, but that not all counties do. Each club gets to have one vote on the committee and appoints a representative and an alternate.

How can I become an alternate?

Becoming an alternate is a good way to start learning the ropes. Alternate members get to vote on the Central Committee if the  member for whom they are an alternate cannot attend. They can also serve as committee vice chairs, chair an ad-hoc committee, and vote on all the standing committees. Elected Members can appoint someone to be their alternate who is a registered Democrat in the Supervisor District represented by that Elected Member. Ex-Officios can appoint alternates who do not reside in their district. Alternates of Club Representatives are usually chosen by the Club President or elected by the Club itself, depending on the Club’s rules, however, the alternate must be a member on the roster of the Club making the appointment.

How can I become an Associate Member?

Associate Members can serve as voting members of standing committees, subcommittees, or ad-hoc committees, but cannot vote in the full Central Committee; Associate Members are entitled to received DPSC communications; are eligible to be elected as delegates to the State Convention from the Central Committee and may serve as proxies for the Central Committee’s delegates to the State Convention.

What are the annual membership dues?

The dues for membership are as follows:

    Club Chartering Fee — $100 (covers dues for Club Reps and alternates)

    Elected Members — $50
    Alternate Members — $40
    Associate Members — $20

Pay your dues by personal check to:

    DPSC
    1033 S Street, Suite 200
    Sacramento, CA 95811

Annual membership dues are due in January, or at the time of joining, and payable by the March membership meeting, or 60 days after joining, whichever occurs later.