The St. Mary's County Democratic Central Committee is seeking to fill five (5) vacancies on the Committee. In order to maintain a gender-balanced committee, two (2) positions are open to female applicants; three (3) positions for male applicants; and, any one (1) of the five (5) vacancies are open to a non-binary applicant. This is what will be considered.
The Democratic National Committee has long required equal numbers of men and women on party central committees. In 2018, the Maryland Democratic State Central Committee required that all county central committees achieve gender balancing through election (rather than appointment) by having men and women listed separately on the ballot. The rule was intended to ensure a pipeline of future female candidates for higher office. Earlier this year, the State party determined that approach did not account for gender non-binary individuals. Therefore, committees now have the ability to appoint non-binary members, and ballots were changed to allow for their election in 2022. Since then, the committee has lost some members, leaving the Committee with 5 vacancies and falling short in being a full gender-balanced committee. This vacancy notice is aimed at bringing our membership to a full level of participation.
To be eligible for appointment to the St. Mary’s County Democratic Central Committee, an individual must reside and be a registered Democratic voter in St. Mary's County, MD. This is an unpaid position. The successful applicants will serve for the current term, which ends in December 2026.
The Committee is also seeking to fill 2 male associate members. To be eligible as an associate member, the individual must be a resident of St. Mary’s County and a registered Democrat. Appointments will be made by majority vote of all members of the Committee and the associate member term shall expire at the end of the current Committee’s term.
Members and associate members must abide by all relevant ethics laws, including the federal Hatch Act and similar provisions of state and local law that may limit political activities of government employees.
Interested individuals may apply by submitting a resume to Chair, Julie Randall at [email protected] or by mail to SMC Democratic Central Committee, P.O. Box 425 Leonardtown MD 20650. The deadline to apply is the end of the day on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
Interviews will be scheduled subsequent to the review of submissions. The Committee will hold a vote to select the new members at a special public meeting on Thursday, February 8, 2022. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.
For more information, contact Julie Randall at [email protected].
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