So you want to be a County Delegate...

County Delegates are your elected neighborhood representatives to help amplify your voice, provide a conduit for communication with elected officials, and help keep elected officials accountable to their electorate after the votes have been counted.

“All regular county ... delegates shall represent the precinct in which they live.”

(CCRP Bylaws, 6B6).

At your Neighborhood Caucus Election you will meet with your neighbors in your Precinct and elect people you trust to represent you in:

  1. Fully investigating the candidates (voting history, literature, articles they’ve written, etc.) from your political party who are running for office, and

  1. Attending conventions to cast votes on which candidates they feel best represent the values of their neighborhoods and should move on to the next step in the election process.

You can find out what Precinct you’re in by visiting vote.utah.gov/vote/ 

County Delegate Duties & Responsibilities

As a County Delegate, among other responsibilities, you will need to commit to attend at least two Conventions during your term of office. Both will be held in Cache County. A call to these meetings will be sent by email, and will be posted on our website, CacheGOP.com. Though they’re usually only three or four hours, Plan on devoting the entire day for Convention:

  1. The County Nominating Convention is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th, 2018. At this Convention, Delegates assemble to nominate candidates who represent our County (County Attorney, Sheriff, Utah House, Utah Senate, etc.) to the Republican Primary Election (or to represent the Republican Party to the General Election if a candidate receives a super-majority of the votes, or runs unopposed).
  2. The date for the County Organizing Convention has not been set, but will be held in the Spring of 2019. At this convention, Delegates assemble to elect County Party Leadership (County Party Chair, County Party Vice Chair, County Party Secretary, and County Party Secretary).

At either of these meetings, votes on other topics (noticed in the Call to Convention) may be made, such as Resolutions and Standing Rules.

If you cannot commit to attend these Conventions, please allow another neighbor to run who will be able to attend so your neighbors have a voice at these meetings.

If something unanticipated comes up which prevents you from attending these Conventions (illness, family emergency, etc.), you must let your Precinct Chair and the County Party Secretary know as soon as possible. This will allow them to replace you with an elected alternate so your neighbors will still have a voice at these meetings.

County Delegate Duration of Service

The term of service for all delegates is two years. Should you move, change addresses, or change affiliation during that time, please inform the County Party Chair.

After the votes have been counted in Primary and General Elections, the role of the Elected Delegates continues!

Elected Officials have many thousands of people who attempt to contact them. All this “noise” makes it difficult for them to hear from and respond to their Constituents.
Delegates listen to the concerns of their neighbors and serve as the conduit through which they can still have a voice, even after the votes have been counted. This is immensely helpful for the elected officials, since they now have only a few hundred people to communicate through, rather than tens of thousands – most of whom are not even constituents.

Elected Delegates ensure that the voice of their neighborhoods are still heard long after the votes have been counted.

Your Support Team

If you think all this sounds like a big responsibility, you’re not wrong. Being elected as the representative for your neighbors is a serious undertaking - but you’re not alone!

First, you were elected to represent your neighbors: talk to them! Find out what their values and concerns are, then see what legislation might impact those. Your job is to research candidates to find out which of them will do the best job upholding, protecting, defending those values, then voting to nominate them to the ballot where your neighbors will have the final say. After the election, it’s your job to make sure those who were elected keep their election promises and know how your neighbors would like them to vote.

Second, in most Precincts, there will be more than one Delegate elected (along with a few alternates). These individuals may have served in this capacity before and can help you. They may have spoken with neighbors about certain issues that are concerning to your constituents, and can be a great resource.

Third, your neighbors also elected a Precinct Chair, Precinct Vice Chair, Precinct Secretary, and Precinct Treasurer. They, in that order, are there to make sure that you have the tools and information do successfully carry out your duties. Like you, they live in your neighborhood. They County Party Secretary can help you contact your Precinct Officers.

Fourth, your County Party is divided up into Legislative Districts. Here in Cache County, each “Leg District” has two elected co-chairs. Their contact information can be on the County Party website: CacheGOP.org. They, too, are there to make sure that you have the tools and information do successfully carry out your duties.

Fifth, your County Party Officers are there to help you, too! The County Party Chair, County Party Vice Chair, County Party Secretary, and County Party Secretary are also there to make sure that you have the tools and information do successfully carry out your duties. Their contact information can be on the County Party website: CacheGOP.org.

Prepared for the Cache County Republican Party by Joe Levi, Advisory Committee Chair, March 2018