Washington County Democratic Party Committees

Washington County Democratic Party Committee

The Washington County Democratic Party has 9 committees that are open for the general membership to not only attend, but to also participate which will enable Democratic candidates to be successful on Election Day. The calendar on the website and the Google Calendar (search wctndp) will have all of the Washington County Democratic Party Committee meetings.

Coalition Building

The function of the Coalition Building Committee will be to establish positive relationships among community members and organizational leadership within organizations and groups in and around Washington County.

  • This group will focus on developing diversity within the Washington County Democratic Party—which includes religious, racial, ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, profession, etc.
  • Members of this committee will attend local organizational meetings within the community; the mission being to not only invite those organizations into the Washington County Democratic Party organization, but to also partner with those organization members in advocating for shared progressive issues.
  • This organization’s mission will heal wounds and feelings of disenfranchisement from the Democratic Party and to develop trust and cooperation moving forward.
  • Members of this group will have an interest in diversity, an interest in building winning coalitions, and an interest in community networking.

Membership

The function of the Membership Committee will be to recruit as well as welcome new members to the Washington County Democratic Party. In an effort to be inclusive and inviting to all members of the Democratic Party, it’s important to reach people on an individual level, to empower them, to make them feel welcome.

  • After events—which include open member meetings, social events, and fundraising events—all new members will be contacted by a member of this committee. The idea is to facilitate the development of friendships, community, and activism.
  • Committee members should feel comfortable discussing their Democratic Party values in social circles and inviting potential new members to Washington County Democratic Party open member meetings as well as to Washington County Democratic Party social events.

Events/Fundraising

The function of the Events/Fundraising Committee is to raise money for the Washington County Democratic Party as well as for local Democratic Party candidates.

  • These events could include house parties, fundraising concerts, and other ideas the committee creates and plans.
  • These events will be planned across the county at geographically diverse locations as well as planned in an effort to attract a cross-section of Washington County residents.
  • When possible, events will be planned in a coordinated effort with community sponsors from local organizations, businesses, and community members.
  • Members of this committee should also be comfortable with asking for donations.

Rapid Response

The function of the Rapid Response Committee is to serve on the frontlines within Washington County and for the Washington County Democratic Party on local and state issues identified by the Tennessee Democratic Party as well as federal issues identified by the Democratic National Committee.

  • This includes developing a network of volunteers within the Washington County Democratic Party to respond to issues and pending legislation through phone calls to elected officials, in-person meetings with elected officials and their staff, letter and e-mail writing to local media as well as to elected officials, etc.

State/Local Issues

The function of the State/Local Issues Committee will be to track legislation and votes at the local and state level—this includes the Johnson City City Commission, the Jonesborough Mayor and Alderman, the Washington County Commission, the Tennessee State House of Representatives, and the Tennessee Senate. Additionally, this committee what pieces of legislation are pushed for by the Tennessee state governor, which pieces of legislation are vetoed, and which pieces of legislation are signed into law.

  • This committee will track legislation from who introduces the bill, who co-authors and who co-signs it, how it’s voted on in committee and by whom, the votes cast for/against it on the Tennessee House and Senate floors, and finally what the Tennessee governor does with the bill.
  • This committee will also track issues that are or become important to the residents of Washington County to coordinate efforts to advocate for the issue and make those issues a priority for local Democratic Party candidates.
  • This committee will work to take action through protests, lobbying, and other forms of advocacy regarding the committee identified state and local issues.

National Issues

The function of the National Issues Committee is to track legislation in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, bills the President of the United States signs or vetoes, as well as the outcome of US Supreme Court cases.

  • This committee will track legislation from who introduces the bill, who co-authors and who co-signs it, how it’s voted on in committee and by whom, the votes cast for/against it on the US House and Senate floors, and finally what the US governor does with the bill.
  • This committee will also track issues that are or become important to the residents of Washington County to coordinate efforts to advocate for the issue and make those issues a priority for local Democratic Party candidates.
  • This committee will work to take action through protests, lobbying, and other forms of advocacy regarding the committee identified state and local issues.

Workshops/Trainings

The function of the Workshops/Trainings Committee is to identify needs within the Washington County Democratic Party to offer trainings for members, Party leadership, and Democratic Party candidates.

  • Members of this committee will identify talent and skills within the Washington County Democratic Party organization as well as within the community to fill educational voids for members and candidates.
  • These workshops and training sessions will be scheduled for Washington County Democratic Party open meetings that every member can attend or for select members who registered for the session.

Research & Development

The function of the Research and Development Committee is to identify and track the population changes within Washington County. These can be through US Census data, data collected by Johnson City and Jonesborough, as well as data collected by Washington County. This committee will also track the voting demographics within the 15 districts of the Washington County Commission, the city of Johnson City, the town of Jonesborough, Tennessee House District 6, Tennessee House District 7, the Tennessee Senate District, the US House of Representatives District, and the state of Tennessee for the two state US Senate seats.

  • Members of this committee will have an interest in learning and using Votebuilder to track voting demographics by district.
  • Members of this committee will have an interest in conducting research to understand the demographics of Washington County.

Infrastructure

The function of the Infrastructure Committee is to maintain and update the Washington County Democratic Party’s Bylaws as well as to make recommendations regarding the need for additional elected positions, appointed positions, etc. This committee will also work to ensure that all Washington County Democratic Party open meetings maintain order by using Robert’s Rules of Order.

  • Members should have an interest in developing and updating the written structure of the Washington County Democratic Party.

Election/Candidates

The function of the Election/Candidates Committee is to identify Democratic Party community leaders who could or should run for local, state, and national office. Additionally, this committee will work to recruit volunteers for local Democratic Party candidates—specifically for canvassing and phone banking.

  • Members of this committee should have an interest in volunteer recruitment and political campaigns.
  • Committee members will also have a network within the organization and within the community to develop a database of community leaders interested or suited for public office.