[Update] In accordance with the Caucus Advertisement published in the Loudoun Times Mirror on December 23, 2009, the Loudoun County Democratic Caucus on January 9th, 2009 is canceled as there are no uncontested membership positions. Therefore, the 123 Candidates who have submitted Declarations of Candidacy are the duly elected members of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee. The 2010-2011 LCDC will hold its reorganization meeting on January 9th at 2pm at Heritage High School in place of the previously announced caucus.
The Loudoun County Democratic Committee reorganizes itself by caucus and reorganization meeting every two years following state elections (the Republicans do, as well). The reorganization of the 2010-2011 LCDC will take place on January 9th, 2010.
The Loudoun County Democratic Committee is the official Democratic Party organization in Loudoun County, empowered with the responsibility to nominate and campaign for candidates, organize neighborhoods and precincts, and advocate for policies. Membership is voluntary, but limited. To become a member, you must be elected to membership from your precinct and District by your fellow Democrats. The full membership is re-elected from scratch every two years by caucus.
Declaring candidacy for membership indicates that you intend to actively campaign for Democratic candidates and principles, and will not support candidates in opposition to Democratic nominees. It involves attending monthly meetings and volunteering your time on weekends and on election day.
The following Caucus Call was advertised in the Loudoun Times Mirror this week:
NOTICE OF LOUDOUN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CAUCUSIf you are a Democrat in Loudoun County and would like to get more involved in matters of local, state and national politics, I encourage you to send an email to the address in the parentheses above and ask for a Declaration of Candidacy for Membership. If you have any questions about the process, add a comment to this post and I will do my best to answer them.
The Loudoun County Democratic Committee (LCDC) hereby announces that it will hold an unassembled caucus beginning at 2:00 p.m. on January 9, 2010 at Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg VA 20175 for the purpose of electing members to the LCDC for the two-year term beginning in January, 2010. The caucus will elect seventy (70) Precinct Captains from each of the 70 precincts of Loudoun County. An additional seventy (70) at-large members will also be elected.
Any person wishing to seek election as a member of the committee shall request the filing form and then must file it with The LCDC at PO Box 544, Leesburg, VA 20178; or Evan Macbeth, 327 Stableview Ter. NE, Leesburg VA 20176 no later than 7:00 p.m., Saturday January 2, 2010. Filing by email or online will be permitted. A voluntary administrative fee of $35.00 (which may be waived) will be charged at the time of filing for those wishing to be elected members of the committee.
Those registered voters in Loudoun County that consider themselves Democrats are encouraged to attend and vote at the caucus. There is no charge to participate.
Doors to the caucus will open at 1:30 p.m. for check-in. Any person attending the caucus, before participating in that caucus, shall sign a standardized Caucus Participation Form stating that he or she is a Democrat, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the ensuing general election, believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, and is a registered voter in such precinct or county or city. Caucus Participation Forms must be filled out at the caucus prior to participating in the caucus. At 2:15 p.m., the doors to the caucus will be closed and no person may complete a form and participate in the caucus after that time with the exception of those persons in line at 2:15 p.m.
In the event that there are no contested elections for membership by the filing deadline, the caucus will be canceled and all those who did file will be considered duly elected and comprise the new LCDC. If the caucus is to be canceled, a notice will be filed on our website (www.loudoundemocrats.org) as soon as possible or by January 2, 2009 at the latest.
For further information, please contact Evan Macbeth (ketch46955 at mypacks dot net) or visit our website at www.loudoundemocrats.org. Time permitting, a reorganization meeting to elect officers of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee will be held immediately following adjournment of the caucus on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the same location.