IDCCA President’s Message
by Doug House, IDCCA President
With the start of summer, we are less than six months away from the General Election. It’s pretty exciting to think about all of the hard work that has gotten each County Party and campaigns to this point. These last six months will be filled with door knocking, phone banking, parades, early voting, voting by mail and Get Out The Vote efforts. It is important that each County Party is doing their part to contribute to the overall success of electing Democrats.
One important way to do this is to make sure that all of your Precinct Committeemen positions are filled. This should be the number one goal of every County Chairman! County Conventions were held in each county in mid-April, over a month and a half ago. Yet we still have nearly 1/3 of all Precinct Committeemen positions vacant throughout the state. This is not acceptable.
The process for submitting candidates to be appointed Precinct Committeeman is pretty simple. County Chairman submit a letter to your County Clerk requesting individuals to be appointed to specific precincts that are vacant. This letter should contain the contact information for the new Precinct Committeemen. The only requirements to be appointed to a Precinct Committeeman position is that the individual is at least 18 years old, registered to vote and is a Democrat willing to support the County Democratic Party.
Precinct Committeemen are vital to the overall success of the Democratic Party and are the lifeblood of each County Democratic Party. Precinct Committeemen can come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Do not be afraid to think outside the box with trying to find a good Precinct Committeeman. There are several Precinct Committeemen who are unable to walk their precincts but contribute by calling and emailing the Democrats in their precinct. We cannot be successful electing Democrats Statewide and Countywide unless our ranks are full.
The IDCCA can be a valuable asset for assistance and guidance in filling vacant positions. In Rock Island County, we have a total of 120 precincts. After the primary we did have several precincts that we needed to appoint individuals. We went through voter lists of these vacant precincts to identify potential candidates. We then called each of them and asked them to serve as a Precinct Committeeman. I have also expanded my outreach when looking for possible Precinct Committeeman candidates. I have asked our Democrat elected officials, attended local Union meetings, attended NAACP meetings, Minority Chamber meetings, retiree group meetings, LGBTQ organization meetings and College Democrat meetings. I have asked each of these groups to be involved withthe Rock Island County Democrats. We have also done mailings to vacant precincts to help identify candidates for Precinct Committeeman and volunteers.
One of the missions of the IDCCA is to provide resources and training to the County Chairmen and Precinct Committeemen. Regional trainings are already taking place around the state. If you are interested in attending these trainings, please reach out to our Executive Director Dan Kovats for more information.
I am positive that if we fill all of the remaining vacant Precinct Committeeman positions and then start working together in the right direction, that we will be victorious in November. I hope that you will join with me.