UTAH DEMOCRATIC PARTY

2019 STATE ORGANIZING CONVENTION

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019 - NORTH REGION: PARK CITY HIGH SCHOOL, PARK CITY


Order of Business                                                                                 3

Convention Rules                                                                                 4

General provisions         ……………………………………………………....…………………………….. 4                                    

Registration and credentialing …………………………………………………………….. 5                                        

Voting …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6                                      

Addresses to the Body ……………………………………………………………………………... 6                                      

Multi-county Legislative District Elections ……………………………………... 7                                        

Additional Rules ………………………………………………………………………………………...…. 7                                       

Signage …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9                                       

Policy and Platform Standing Sub-committee Report        10

Resolution 1…………………………………………………………………………………………………….... 10 

Resolution 2 ………………………………………………………………………………………………….... 11

Platform Amendment ……………………………………………………………………………….. 12

2019-2021 State Party Officer Candidates                                  13

Transportation

Issue and Identity Caucus Information                                         19

Final Notes                                                                                        20

                


ORDER OF BUSINESS

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019
CANDIDATE / ACTIVIST TRAINING
Location: *pending*

Time: TBA


TAYLOR & MAYNE AWARDS DINNER

Location: Hogle Zoo, 2600 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City

Time: Check-in opens at 6:30 P.M. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019

STATE ORGANIZING CONVENTION

Location: Park City High School, 1750 Kearns Blvd, Park City

Time: Various

SCHEDULE

8:30 A.M.         State Delegate Registration opens

9:00 A.M.         First session caucus meetings

10:30 A.M.         Second session caucus meetings

12:00 P.M.         Altern

ate Delegate Registration Opens

12:00 P.M.         Opening Ceremony and Call to Order

                Remarks from the Convention Chair

                Keynote introduction

                Keynote speech

                Recognition of elected officials, candidates, and Executive Committee

                Rules Standing Committee Report

                Credentials Report

                Policy and Platform Standing Sub-committee Report

                Constitutional and Bylaw Amendments

                Nomination of uncontested candidates by acclamation

                Candidate for Treasurer

                Candidates for Secretary

                Candidates for Vice-Chair

                Candidates for Chair

                Recess for voting

                Multi-county Legislative District meetings and elections

                Second round speeches (if necessary)

                Election report

                Adjourn

                


RULES

The 2019 Organizing Convention Rules and Order of Business were adopted by the Utah Democratic Party Rules Standing Committee on May 20, 2019.

General Provisions

All of the proceedings of this Convention shall comply with the provisions of the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order, except as otherwise provided for in any applicable governing documents or herein.

All of the previous business is hereby confirmed and the agenda is hereby adopted.

A quorum shall be fifty percent (50%) or more of the Delegates registered. No business of the Convention, except speeches, shall take place unless a quorum is present.

The State Executive Officers shall be the Officers of the Convention. The State Executive Committee may appoint a Convention Chair pro tempore. County Officers, Legislative District Officers, and Democratic Party staff shall assist the Chair in such matters as the Chair may direct, including counting votes of delegates in the Convention Hall and registering delegates.

No interference with the business of the Convention shall be tolerated.

The Sergeant-at-Arms and members of the Rules Committee and Executive Committee are empowered to enforce the Rules of the Convention, maintain good order, and to carry out the orders of the Chair.

All persons attending the Convention shall respect the facilities wherein the Convention is being held. The Rules Committee is empowered to adopt rules relating to the use of the facilities for the Convention, to allocate space within the facilities for the use of Candidates and to determine how such space is to be used. The Sergeant-at-Arms and the members of the Rules Committee are empowered to enforce the rules of the Rules Committee and those of the owner of the facility.

The Convention Chair will provide procedures for candidates, vendors, or other interested parties to reserve booths and other space at the convention. These procedures will be distributed to candidates at least 7 days prior to the Convention.

At the discretion of the Chair, no person other than a Delegate with credentials, members of the Media, or Candidates and their staffs shall be allowed on the floor. Media, Guests, Candidates, and their staffs shall be seated in areas reserved for them or at the direction of the Chair.

Except as set forth herein, no caucuses or similar business shall be conducted while the Convention is in session.

A motion to suspend the Rules must be made from the floor and sustained by 2/3 of the Delegates registered.

Registration and Credentialing

The Convention shall convene at 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 22, 2019 and adjourn no later than  7:00 PM the same day

Registration shall be open for at least one half (1/2) hour before the convention is called to order..Registration shall close at the time ballot boxes are made available for the submission of ballots. Any eligible voter in line to register at this time shall be permitted to register. An announcement shall be made before the presentation of ballot boxes to the body that registration shall close when voting begins.

Delegates, including alternates, must be able to prove to convention staff that they are the individual listed in the Credentials Report.

Alternate Delegates may begin to register at 12:00 PM.

No additional Delegates or alternates may register once the county delegation has been filled. A list of alternate delegates must be submitted by the county party chair to the State Party by Monday, June 17, at 5:00pm. Only alternate delegates submitted by the county party will be eligible to register as alternate delegates.

The Rules Committee is empowered to resolve disputes respecting the seating or certification of Delegates. The challenge must be submitted within the following guidelines:

The Rules Committee shall convene the committee on the first day of the Convention, or before if it is deemed necessary, to determine which persons shall receive official credentials as State Delegates and to take up any challenges;

In hearing a challenge, the Rules Committee shall allot a period of time within which the challenger and the challenged, along with their supporters shall be granted equal time to make their statements. The Committee then may request relevant additional information from Party Officers;

 The Rules Committee shall then resolve challenges and its report to the Convention shall be final;

The Rules Committee shall report to the Convention its actions regarding any dispute respecting the certification or seating of any Delegate. The Convention, but not those

Delegates whose credentials have been disputed, shall adopt or modify the report immediately thereafter.

Voting

All ballots must be submitted with a unique ballot number in order to be counted as a valid vote.

Balloting shall remain open for an adequate period of time, but not less than fifteen (15) minutes.

The results of the ballot shall be determined as follows:

If there is only one candidate filed for an office, the Convention Chair may accept a motion to elect by acclamation.

The State Chair, State Vice-Chair, State Secretary, and the State Treasurer shall be the person receiving a majority of votes at the State Organizing Convention.

If no candidate receives a majority on the first ballot, there shall be a second ballot with the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The candidate on the second ballot with a majority shall be elected.

Each candidate appearing on the ballot is allowed one representative in the counting room to observe counting.

Once candidate representatives and volunteers enter the counting room, they are sequestered until all ballots are counted. They will then accompany a representative from the Rules Committee to the convention stage while results are announced. All mobile phones, electronic communication devices or recording devices will be collected.

Addresses to the Body

No person other than a Delegate, Officer of the Convention, the Keynote speaker, Candidate, person designated by a Candidate for the purpose of making a nominating or seconding speech of a Candidate, or person on the approved agenda shall be a speaker at the Convention.

All persons desiring to speak shall first be recognized by the Chair and state their name for the record and, if a Delegate, the county in which they reside.

Except as scheduled on the agenda, no speaker, other than the conducting officers, may speak for more than one (1) minute unless the purpose of the speech is a Committee report, an address from a State Party Officer, address to nominate a Candidate, second a nomination, or the speech is the address of a Candidate.

The speaking order and ballot order of the Candidates shall be determined by lot prior to the date of the Convention, and shall be independent of one another.

All candidate speeches will be limited to 3 minutes.  Time limits will include any nomination or a second to a nomination.

Candidate stage presence is limited to 5 people, including candidate and speakers. No candidate presentation will include supporters below the stage, beside the stage or in the aisles.

All candidates who will appear on a second ballot may give a second speech. All the same rules from above will apply. Candidates may optionally forgo giving a second speech if they wish.

Multi-County Legislative District Elections

Time will be allocated during the State Convention for Democrats in each State House of Representatives District that does not fully reside in a single county to meet.

At this meeting, each district will elect a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Each district will follow the following procedure:

Results of this election shall be reported to the Convention Chair immediately following the house district meeting.

Additional Rules

There shall be no boisterous conduct that interferes with the official business of the convention; no vandalism; no use of facility furniture or equipment without their permission; and, no appropriation, use or abuse of supplies or equipment belonging to another without their permission.

Items which are hazards to the safety of others or interfere with the convention are prohibited. Toy guns, water pistols, bean shooters, sling shots, hard balls, megaphones, air horns, all other noisemaking or noise enhancing-devices, and other such similar paraphernalia will be confiscated. Items such as Frisbees, tennis balls and other similar sports equipment are not to be used within the facilities.  Guns, knives, and other weapons are prohibited.

Utah law prohibits smoking in any public space in the facilities. This includes exhibit halls, rest rooms, lobbies, corridors, and meeting rooms.

No campaigning or electioneering will be allowed in the designated area of credentialing, registration, or balloting areas.

There shall be no restrictions on the distribution of printed material, except that materials may not be pre-distributed on the chairs in the Convention Hall.  Candidates, organizations and individuals using the Convention for distribution, campaigning or any other promotional or reporting use shall be responsible to research and comply with the facility’s Policies and Procedures and the Rules Committee’s rules.

Campaigns and Organizations will have access to the convention facilities at 7:00 am on Saturday, June 22 to set up their exhibits and signs.  All materials must be cleaned up by 7:00 p.m. on June 22.  Organizations leaving materials will be subject to a fine of up to $100 per article left, not to exceed any fine imposed by the facility.  Candidates and organizations are responsible for any fines imposed by the facility for non-compliance with the facility rules.

All room and display space, including any tables inside or outside the Convention Center, must be obtained from or approved by the Utah Democratic Party in conjunction with the facility management.  Display booths shall not be taken down until the Convention is officially adjourned on Saturday, June 22.  Campaigns and organizations will be responsible to provide their own materials in the display space. These materials may include, but are not limited to: signs, tablecloths, other miscellaneous paraphernalia, and office supplies like tape, pencils, markers, chalk, erasures, scissors, and staplers. Space for the State Party and the Executive Committee candidates shall take precedence and be reserved for their exclusive use. All other space is available on a first come, first served basis.

If additional equipment rental is necessary above the customary needs of the State Party, those candidates or organizations will be responsible for payment of the rental. Audio-visual equipment, copy machines and telephones are not available except where pre-arranged.

Each candidate or organization is responsible for the cleanup of anything produced by, distributed by, or bearing the name of that candidate or organization. Upon the conclusion of the event all candidates shall immediately remove all goods, wares, merchandise, property, and debris. Any such property not so removed shall be considered abandoned and, at facility’s option, be removed and stored by facility management at candidate’s expense or disposed of in any manner facility management deems expedient. Candidates and organizations will be responsible for any payment that is not a part of the customary payment by the State Party for use of the facilities.

Signage

Signage and other campaign items shall be located within three feet of the walls in the hallways and clear of main walkways. Signage and other campaign materials shall not obstruct any exit signs or doors.

All interior signs shall be restricted to the Democratic Party’s reserved convention center space.

All hallways must have ten feet of access available.

Projections (images projected electronically) are allowed only on surfaces directly above or immediately behind rented booth space by the candidate or organization that reserved that space, or as part of a media presentation if included in individual candidate speaking time by the candidate designated to speak.

No candidate or organization, except the State Party, may place signs in the Convention Hall. Candidate signs may be in the Convention Hall only during the candidate’s presentation and must be held by a person.

No signs may hang from the outside of the building. No signs may be affixed to lamp posts, sign posts, fences or trees. No signs may be in parking areas or on sidewalks.

Only professional installers may hang signs and rigging from the ceiling and must be coordinated in advance with the Utah Democratic Party.

Decorations are not permitted on ceilings, painted surfaces, columns, fabric, decorative walls or fire sprinklers. All decorative materials must be flameproof in accordance with Fire Regulations. No glitter, confetti, or other items that are difficult to clean up are permitted to be distributed on the premises. No hay or animals are allowed in convention facilities, with the exception of service animals for disabled individuals. No motor vehicles are allowed except by prior arrangement.

Any video or other recording and its purpose at the Convention shall be disclosed to State Party staff at least 3 days in advance. When stage, sound, video, and lighting equipment are used, a technician must be present and the user will be responsible for

payment that is not a part of the customary payment by the State Party for the use of the facilities. This equipment will not be available on request on the day of the convention.

There is no overnight parking at the facility. No parking on sidewalks or blocking entrances. No vehicles are permitted on the grass around the building at any time for any purpose.

Resolutions

The Policy and Platform Standing Sub-committee received, reviewed, and recommend the following Resolutions:

Resolution 1 

Submitted by Art King, Environmental Caucus Chair

Whereas the Utah State Democratic Party supports the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument back to the original 1.35-million-acre size or larger; and

Whereas the Utah State Democratic Party supports the restoration of Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument back to the original1,880,461 acres; and

Whereas the Utah State Democratic Party endeavors to preserve and protect the cultural, environmental and natural resources of ancestral Native American Lands;

Be it resolved the Utah Democratic Party supports this restoration for the benefit of our state and nation.

Resolution 2  

Submitted by Len McGee, Summit County State Committeeman

WHEREAS, climate change is a real and present danger to our planet; and

WHEREAS, the solutions to climate change need to be freely and fully debated in our society; and

WHEREAS, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has decided against hosting a Presidential debate focusing on climate change; and

WHEREAS, the Democratic National Committee has informed at least one Democrat running for President (Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington) that if he participates in any other climate change debates other than those sponsored by the Democratic National Committee, he will not be invited to any future debates; and

WHEREAS, stifling of debate on important topics such as climate change is antithetical to the free and full exchange of ideas important in our democracy; and

WHEREAS, Democrats support the full and complete exchange of ideas;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That the Utah State Democratic Party strongly urges the Democratic National Committee to:

  1. Hold an official DNC sponsored debate either focusing on climate change or making climate change one of the main issues of said debate; and,
  2. Not punish any candidate for appearing at non-DNC sanctioned debates on any issue during the 2019-2020 Presidential primary season

Platform Amendment 

Submitted by the Platform and Policy Standing Sub-Committee

We believe a healthy environment sustains and improves life and supports a dynamic tourism and recreation industry. Thus, we support efforts to:  

Candidates for State Party Officer

CHAIR

ROBERT COMSTOCK

BECKY MOSS

JEFF MERCHANT

DAISY THOMAS (INCUMBENT)

VICE CHAIR

KATHIE DARBY

DEB HENRY

NADIA MAHALLATI

F. JAY SEEGMILLER

SECRETARY

MICHAEL BRYANT (INCUMBENT)

JULIE CAMARA

JAMES KELLEY

LIAM LOHAN

KATHERINE TORRES

TREASURER ** UNCONTESTED **

SHEILA SRIVASTAVA (INCUMBENT)

More information available on our website. Specifics outlining the roles of each of the above listed positions are located within our Constitution and Bylaws. See also the 2017-2019 (current) Executive Committee roster.

Additional Elected Member positions on the State Executive Committee that will be voted upon at the 2019 Utah Democratic Party State Convention are:

Chair of Chairs, who is elected by the County Chairs and Vice Chairs to serve as their voice and vote on the State Executive Committee.

Chair of Issue Caucuses, who is elected by the State Party Caucus Chairs and Vice Chairs to serve as their voice and vote on the State Executive Committee.

Voting Member positions on the State Executive Committee without elections at this convention:

DNC National Committeewoman and DNC National Committeeman elections occur at the 2020 Utah Democratic Party State Convention. These positions are four-year term commitments in which two members of opposite genders are elected to represent Utah to the Democratic National Committee. These positions were elected at the 2016 Utah Democratic Party State Convention and are currently held by the Honorable Jenny Wilson and Charles Stormont.

House Representative a position that is held by an elected or appointed representative of the Utah House Democratic Caucus. It is currently held by Representative Jennifer Dailey-Provost (D-Salt Lake City).

Senate Representative is a position that is held by an elected or appointed representative of the Utah Senate Democratic Caucus. It is currently held by Jon Hennington. Mr. Hennington has submitted his resignation, effective June 22, 2019, and the Utah Senate Democratic Caucus will have the opportunity to appoint another representative to serve in this position.

TRANSPORTATION

State Conventions and Central Committee meetings are required to be held in each region and to be cognizant of the geographic challenges of our State Delegates, we understand that travel can often be an issue.

Please contact your local county party leadership team if you are interested in carpooling options. There may already be a group from your area caravaning to Park City for the State Organizing Convention and this could be a great opportunity to build camaraderie amongst your local Dems.

For public transportation options, please check with rideuta.com. The 902 Saturday & Sunday connects Salt Lake City Central Station and Kimball Junction Transit Center. The below maps indicate public options to arrive from the Kimball Junction Transit Center at Park City High School. Please review transit fare options.

To arrive in time to attend a 9:00 A.M. First Session Caucus Meetings:

To arrive in time to attend a 10:00 A.M. Second Session Caucus Meetings

To arrive in time for Call to Order

ISSUE AND IDENTITY CAUCUS MEETINGS

FIRST SESSION

9:00 A.M. TO 10:15 A.M.

OUTDOOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         ROOM 141

PROGRESSIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .        ROOM 142

NATIVE AMERICAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        ROOM 143

LABOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .        ROOM 144

SENIORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .        ROOM 145

BLACK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        ROOM 146

ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         ROOM 147

HEALTHCARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   LECTURE HALL

WOMEN’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          DRAMA ROOM / BLACK BOX

SECOND SESSION

10:30 A.M. to 11:45 A.M.

ENVIRONMENTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        ROOM 141

STONEWALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            ROOM 142

HISPANIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         ROOM 143

EDUCATION  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         ROOM 144

RURAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        ROOM 145

YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF UTAH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         ROOM 146

VETERANS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        ROOM 147

LATTER-DAY SAINTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    LECTURE HALL

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DRAMA ROOM / BLACK BOX

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT CAUCUS LEADERSHIP, WHICH MAY BE VIEWED HERE.

FINAL NOTES

Children are always welcome! If you have kids in your life, please bring them with so they can get involved in the political process regardless of their age. We will have kid-friendly interactive stations, a coloring contest, and encourage kids (of all ages) to dress as their favorite Democrat or other political heroes and figures.

State Convention is a lot of fun, but it is also a fairly long day. It is advised to wear comfortable shoes, bring a reusable water bottle, and some snacks. Food trucks will be available with food/snacks for purchase. If you have any accommodation needs, please contact Jennifer Miller-Smith, People with Disabilities Caucus Chair, Genevra Prothero, People with Disabilities Vice-Chair, or Alex Cragun, Executive Director.

There will be tabling options for our Utah Democratic Party Sub-committees, State Caucuses, candidates, community partners, and more. Merchandising options may be available.

The 2019 Organizing Convention Team

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up! Volunteer shifts are in two-hour increments so you’re still able to participate in the convention. If interested, please contact Jennifer Lee, Volunteer Coordinator Team Lead, by filling out our 2019 State Organizing Convention Volunteer Form.

We are all a part of the same Utah Democratic Party universe and come together under our big tent to serve our collective mission of electing Democrats. In doing so, we expect everyone who attends our events and participates in our process to treat one another with dignity and respect. The Utah Democratic Party (UDP) is committed to fostering and creating space for full participation for its members and does not tolerate harassment. We are continuously developing better processes and policies and are always looking to improve. If you are a victim of harassment at the 2019 State Organizing Convention, please contact Judicial Committee Chair Mary Woodhead at (801) 532-6367 or notify on-site security. If it is an emergency, please call 911 or Utah’s statewide 24-hour Sexual Violence Hotline 1-888-421-1100.

For any other questions regarding convention, please call Alex Cragun, Executive Director, 801-759-6455.

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