March 28, 2013

 

BYLAWS OF THE WELD COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

PREAMBLE: We, the Democrats of Weld County,  State of Colorado, do establish these Bylaws of the 

Weld County Democratic Party in order to: elect Democrats to public office; enhance an understanding of 

the political process of the Democratic Party among our members; provide an effective and representative 

party organization; sustain the human and constitutional rights of all persons; provide a mechanism for 

making our political institutions responsive and accountable to the aims and needs of our citizens; promote 

individual freedom in the framework of a just society and political freedom in the framework of meaningful 

participation by all citizens. 

ARTICLE I. GENERAL PROCEDURES

A. Name. The name of the organization shall be the Democratic Party of Weld County of the State of 

Colorado, hereinafter referred to as “the party.” 

B. Composition. The party consists of all registered Democrats in Weld County. 

C. Authority. 

 

1. The governing body of the party is the county assembly. From the time of its convening until the 

time of final adjournment, the county assembly shall exercise all powers of the party. The county 

assembly shall be the body with final authority to govern and pass upon controversies. 

 

2. At all other times the governing body of the party shall be the county central committee, with full 

powers of the county assembly. 

 

3. The county executive committee shall, between meetings of the county central committee, exercise 

powers as delegated to it. 

 

4. The county chair shall carry out the mandate of the party. 

D. Relationship. These Bylaws shall complement the “Plan of Organization and Rules of the Democratic 

Party of the State of Colorado, as Amended and Revised.” Any inconsistency shall be resolved in favor 

of state rules. 

E. Parliamentary Rules. The rules contained in Roberts Rules of Order shall govern in cases in which they 

are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws. 

F. Meetings. Meetings of the county assembly, convention, and central committee shall occur in 

accordance with state rules. The executive committee shall meet at the call of the chair with proper 

notification and not less than four (4) times per calendar year. All other committees shall meet at the 

call of the county chair or their respective chairs, with proper notification. 

 

H. Fiscal Year. The party fiscal year shall be January 1 to December 31.  The Chair shall propose by 

October 31 a line item budget, with the advice of the Finance Committee, for ratification by the 

Executive Committee by December 31 prior to each fiscal year. [2/21/98] [5/1/04][4/19/07][12/1/07]

ARTICLE II. OFFICERS. 

A. Election. Party officers shall be the Chair, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer 

and shall be elected in accordance with State Rules. 

 

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G. Ex-officio Members. Ex-officio members of any body in the party shall be nonvoting members unless 

otherwise stated in these bylaws. 

 

 

B. Duties. The officers shall have all powers and duties as stipulated by state rules, with any additions 

and/or exceptions provided in these Bylaws. 

1. The Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all permanent and temporary committees. 

2. First Vice Chair. In absence of the Chair, the First Vice Chair shall preside at all meetings and 

exercise all authority of the Chair. The First Vice Chair shall be a member of the State Central 

Committee and State Executive Committee, as provided by state rules, and shall exercise other 

duties of the vice chair as provided by state rules, the county central or executive committees, or as 

requested by the Chair. 

 

3. Second Vice Chair. In the absence of the Chair and the First Vice Chair, the Second Vice Chair shall 

preside at all meetings and exercise all authority of the Chair or First Vice Chair. The Second Vice Chair shall exercise such duties as requested by the Chair or provided for by the central or executive committees. The Second Vice Chair shall be a member of the county central committee and the county executive committee. 

4. The Treasurer may, by direction of the Executive Committee, be under sufficient bond, the amount 

of which shall be set by the executive committee and the premium for which shall be paid by the 

central committee. [10/18/07][12/01/07]

ARTICLE III. COMMITTEE SYSTEM

A. Central Committee. When the assembly is not in session, the central committee shall set policy direction 

for the party and shall consist of such members and have powers as stipulated by state rules. 

B. Executive Committee. Between sessions of the central committee, the executive committee shall make 

interim policy and administer the affairs of the party. The executive committee shall consist of such 

members and have powers as stipulated by state rules and these bylaws. All powers of the central 

committee shall be vested in the executive committee when the central committee is not in session. 

 

1. District Captains. The executive committee may identify up to twenty-five Captaincy Districts, and 

may appoint a District Captain for each district. For purposes of Weld County’s organization, 

“District Captain” shall be defined to be the county party’s Regional Coordinators, who shall be 

members of the executive committee, unless otherwise stipulated by the central committee. 

[5/1/04] [02/18/2006] 

2. The chairs of the permanent committees shall be members of the executive committee, unless 

otherwise stipulated by the central committee. 

3. All county, state, and national elected officials who are registered Democrats in Weld County shall 

be members of the executive committee. 

 

4. All Weld County members of the state and congressional central and executive committees shall be members of the executive committee. [2/6/10].  These members shall serve as theelected members of the executive committee required in Part Two, Article VI, 2, of the Colorado Democratic Party Plan of Organization and Rules, Amended April 9, 2011.  [2/9/13]

5. The outgoing county chair of the Weld Democratic Party, if he or she remains a registered Democrat 

in Weld County, shall be a member of the county executive committee until the next regular 

      reorganization meeting.  [4/19/07][12/01/07]    

 

      6. The executive committee may fill vacancies in the county central committee, with the exception of a vacancy in the position of county chair.  The executive committee may also declare a vacancy to exist in the position of precinct committee person.  [2/9/13]    

 

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C. Permanent Committees. The following shall be permanent committees of the party, and members and chairs of permanent committees shall be appointed by the chair. These committees shall be responsible for their own organization unless otherwise provided by the central committee. In general, these committees shall have duties as stipulated by these Bylaws and the central committee.  

 

1. Committee on Permanent Organization. This committee shall serve as a committee on rules and 

general party organization. 

2. Committee on Finance. This committee shall serve as a committee on fundraising and providing 

budget advice to the county chair. The county treasurer shall be a member of this committee. 

3.  Committee on Candidate Development. This committee shall coordinate candidate recruitment, 

development, and campaign management activities for the Weld County Democratic Party. 

Members of the committee shall include the chairs, their designees, or a representative of each 

legislative, county commissioner, and judicial district representing all or a portion of Weld County, 

and the county chair or a designee of the chair. The chair may also appoint additional members to 

the candidate development committee to provide necessary expertise. The committee shall have the 

power to appoint any subcommittees deemed necessary. 

D. Other Committees. These committees shall have duties as stipulated by the body forming them. Their 

membership shall be stipulated and selected by the county chair and/or the body forming them.  

1.   Temporary committees. These committees shall be established by the assembly, central committee, 

or executive committee as deemed necessary to complete a specific task or responsibility. They shall 

serve for the length of time necessary to complete their purpose unless sooner terminated by the 

body forming them, or its superior. 

2. Special Committees. The chair may form special committees, which shall serve at the chair’s 

pleasure and discretion. 

ARTICLE IV. AMENDMENT. 

A. These Bylaws may be amended to make additions, changes, and/or deletions as deemed necessary. The 

procedure for such amendments shall be: 

1. Any proposal to amend shall be presented in writing to the committee on permanent organization. 

The committee will review the proposal and report in writing to the executive committee with a 

recommendation to adopt or defeat it. Either the permanent organization committee or the 

executive committee may make any alternations in the proposal to clarify or simplify it without 

changing the intent of the proposal unless the maker agrees to substantive changes. Proposed 

bylaws changes may also originate from within the permanent organization committee. 

2. A copy of the proposed Bylaws changes shall be provided to members of the executive committee at 

least ten days before the meeting at which the proposal is to be considered. 

3. Upon receiving a proposal to amend from the committee on permanent organization, the executive 

committee may act or may take the proposal under consideration until the next meeting at which 

action must be taken. 

4. Executive committee action is temporarily binding until the next meeting of the central committee. 

The central committee shall then: 

a. Sustain the executive committee action; 

b. Modify the proposal without changing its intent and then take action on it; or 

c. Overrule the executive committee. 

5. The action of the central committee is binding unless overruled by the county assembly upon a 

motion of a member of the central committee to do so. The assembly may then dispose of the 

matter as it sees fit. 

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B. Amendment of these Bylaws shall be by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at a meeting of 

the executive committee, central committee, or assembly. 

 

ARTICLE V. IMPLEMENTATION. 

A. These Bylaws shall become temporarily effective upon approval by the executive committee. These 

Bylaws shall become permanently effective upon approval by the central committee. Approval by either 

committee shall be by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting at a meeting of that committee. 

B. Implementation of these Bylaws shall occur within ninety (90) days of approval by the executive 

committee. Full implementation of these Bylaws shall occur within (90) days following approval by the 

central committee. [2/9/13] 

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As approved by the Weld County Democratic Party Executive Committee July 30, 1981 and Central

Committee September 26, 1981; amended by the Weld County Democratic Central Committee February

11, 1989, February 6, 1993, and February 21, 1998; amended by the Weld County Democratic Party

Executive Committee January 22, 2004 and by the Weld County Democratic Central Committee February

28, 2004; amended by the County Assembly May 1, 2004; amended by the Weld County Democratic

Central Committee February 18, 2006; amended by the Weld County Democratic Party Executive

Committee 4/19/07 and 10/18/07; amended by the Weld County Democratic Central Committee

12/01/07; and amended by the Weld County Democratic Central Committee 2/6/10. Amended by the Weld County Democratic Central Committee 2/9/13.

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