Delegate Candidate Information and Application

Democratic Party of Georgia Prepared by: Ansley Tuten

PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA•PO BOX 20442•ATLANTA, GA 30325• MIKE BERLON, CHAIR; NIKEMA WILLIAMS, FIRST VICE-CHAIR; RUSSELL EDWARDS, TREASURER; RJ HADLEY, VICE-CHAIR; MIGUEL CAMACHO, VICE-CHAIR; REP. PEDRO “PETE” MARIN, VICE-CHAIR; LAVERNE GASKINS, SECRETARY NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE • WWW.GEORGIADEMS.ORG • PRINTED IN HOUSE •

A Message from our Chairman Thank you for your interest in becoming a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention! On September 3, 2012, Democrats from across the nation will gather in Charlotte, NC to celebrate the Party’s nomination of President Barack Obama for re-election to our nation’s highest office. This convention will culminate on September 6th, when President Obama addresses the Delegates and accepts our Party’s nomination for President of the United States. The state of Georgia will send 124 Delegates and 9 alternates to Charlotte. This manual is meant to outline the process by which a registered voter may become one of these Delegates. The process for becoming a Delegate is highly competitive and democrats from all over Georgia will be competing for those positions. The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Party of Georgia are dedicated to ensuring that everyone who is qualified to run has that opportunity. We are also committed to making sure that Georgia’s delegation adequately represents our State’s diverse population. We are eager to share with you the process of becoming a Delegate and stand ready to answer any and all questions you may have. The process can seem a bit complicated, but we are here to help make it as straightforward as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Congressional District Chair or Democratic Party of Georgia County Affairs Director, Ansley Tuten. Democratically yours,

Mike Berlon Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia

PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA • P.O. BOX 20442 • ATLANTA, GA 30325 MIKE BERLON, CHAIR; NIKEMA WILLIAMS, FIRST VICE-CHAIR; RUSSELL EDWARDS, TREASURER; RJ HADLEY, VICE-CHAIR; MIGUEL CAMACHO, VICE-CHAIR; REP. PEDRO “PETE” MARIN, VICE-CHAIR; LAVERNE GASKINS, SECRETARY NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE•WWW.GEORGIADEMS.ORG

The Georgia Delegation-How Many Delegates Do We Have? Georgia will elect 124 Delegates and 9 alternates to represent our State at the Democratic National Convention. 72 of these Delegates (about 75% of the total delegation) will be elected at the District-Level Delegate Caucuses to be held in each Congressional District across the state on Saturday April 21, 2012. In addition to these Delegates, 24 At-large Delegates, plus 9 additional Alternates will be elected by our State Committee members on May 19, 2012 in Macon, GA. 14 Delegate spots are reserved for those considered Party Leaders and Elected Officials, commonly referred to as “PLEOs.” These PLEO delegates will be elected at a separate election that will be held by our State Committee Members on May 12, 2012. In additional to PLEO delegates, Georgia’s delegation will include At-Large delegates. Any Democrat is eligible to run as an At-Large delegate including candidates who ran unsuccessfully at the Congressional District level. Gender Equity and Priority of Consideration The DNC mandates that each delegation brought to the Democratic National Convention contain an equal number of men and women. In this spirit, district-level Delegate caucuses must elect a pre-determined number of men and women in each district. The break-down of Delegates to be elected in each district is as follows: District 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 TOTAL # of male Delegates 3 2 3 4 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 3 36 # of female Delegates 2 3 3 3 4 2 3 3 2 2 3 2 4 36 Total # of Delegates 5 5 6 7 7 5 6 5 4 5 5 5 7 72

PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA • P.O. BOX 20442 • ATLANTA, GA 30325 MIKE BERLON, CHAIR; NIKEMA WILLIAMS, FIRST VICE-CHAIR; RUSSELL EDWARDS, TREASURER; RJ HADLEY, VICE-CHAIR; MIGUEL CAMACHO, VICE-CHAIR; REP. PEDRO “PETE” MARIN, VICE-CHAIR; LAVERNE GASKINS, SECRETARY NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE•WWW.GEORGIADEMS.ORG

Additionally, the DPG is committed to electing a delegation that is representative of the state of Georgia. The DPG has set its diversity goals based on the voting population of Democrats in the state of Georgia. These goals are as followed:
African Americans Hispanic Americans Native Americans Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders LGBT Americans People with Disabilities Seniors 65+ Youth Under 30

% of Democratic electorate Numeric Goals for Delegation

62.8%

1.6%

undetermined

1.2%

5.9%

11.9%

15.7%

17.8%

78

2

1

1

7

15

19

22

These are not mandates; they are goals which we will make every effort to achieve. In the election of At-large and alternate Delegates, priority of consideration shall be given to candidates who belong to these groups. Financial Obligations of Becoming a Member of the Georgia Delegation The cost of attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte as a Delegate will range from $2000-$4000. Delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the convention which include, but are not limited to: hotel accommodations, travel and food. The costs associated with the convention reduce if a Delegate chooses to share a room with another Delegate. Delegates may also fundraise independently to help cover the cost of convention. Under no circumstances will the National or State Democratic Parties be held responsible for any costs associated with individual Delegates. Potential Delegate candidates must sign a waiver acknowledging this statement before they are eligible to run for a Delegate spot. Qualifying to be a Delegate Candidate Anyone wishing to run to be a Delegate must meet the following criteria:  Be a registered voter in the district in which they intend to run  Fill out the candidacy application and candidates’ party declaration and Presidential preference form located on the Georgia Democrats website, www.georgiadems.org, or at the conclusion of this manual.
PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA • P.O. BOX 20442 • ATLANTA, GA 30325 MIKE BERLON, CHAIR; NIKEMA WILLIAMS, FIRST VICE-CHAIR; RUSSELL EDWARDS, TREASURER; RJ HADLEY, VICE-CHAIR; MIGUEL CAMACHO, VICE-CHAIR; REP. PEDRO “PETE” MARIN, VICE-CHAIR; LAVERNE GASKINS, SECRETARY NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE•WWW.GEORGIADEMS.ORG

These forms must be filled out and sent to the DPG offices no later than March 22, 2012 for those wishing to be a candidate at the District level. Candidates wishing to run for a PLEO, At-large or Alternate Delegate spot must submit these forms no later than April 26, 2012Forms may be submitted:  Electronically, by emailing signed copies of these forms to mike@georgiademocrat.org  By fax, to the attention of Mike Berlon at 877-744-9438  By mail, to the attention of Mike Berlon at PO BOX 20442, Atlanta, GA 30325. Mailed candidate affidavits must be postmarked by March 22, 2012  By hand-delivery, to the Democratic Party of Georgia Headquarters, located at 763 Trabert Ave. Atlanta, GA 30318. Presidential Right of Review After all of our candidates have submitted their candidate application and candidates’ party declaration and Presidential preference form, each candidate will be submitted to the presidential campaign for review. If a candidate is stricken from the list by a presidential campaign, he or she may not be elected as a delegate or alternate at that level pledged to that candidate. How is the Georgia Delegation Elected? There are two methods by which a registered voter may be elected to serve as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Delegates are elected by their congressional districts in district-level caucuses, or can be elected by the Democratic Party of Georgia’s State Committee. District-Level Delegate Caucuses Each of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Congressional District Chairs has selected a central location in their congressional district to serve as a site for the District-Level Delegate Caucuses, to be held Saturday April 21, 2012 at 8am. Voting will begin promptly at 12pm and no other electors will be permitted to cast ballots if they have not registered by the beginning of voting. The contact information for our 13 Congressional District Chairs can be found here: Congressional District 1 Chair Jeana Brown Contact Information jeana@georgiademocrat.org 912-294-3167

PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA • P.O. BOX 20442 • ATLANTA, GA 30325 MIKE BERLON, CHAIR; NIKEMA WILLIAMS, FIRST VICE-CHAIR; RUSSELL EDWARDS, TREASURER; RJ HADLEY, VICE-CHAIR; MIGUEL CAMACHO, VICE-CHAIR; REP. PEDRO “PETE” MARIN, VICE-CHAIR; LAVERNE GASKINS, SECRETARY NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE•WWW.GEORGIADEMS.ORG

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Kattie Kendrick George Johnson Acting Chair: Rep. Billy Mitchell Catherine Smith Ben Myers Steve Reily Stephanie Woods-Miller David Robinson Patsy Harris Don Wilson Liz Johnson Melissa Prescott-Crawford

Kjvrainier1@yahoo.com 478-825-2985 gjohnson@melvillejohnson.com 678-358-4655 billymitchell@bellsouth.net 770-465-8800 catherineatlanta@gmail.com 678-596-1845 benmyers@ibew613.org 770-570-8981 sreilly@amrslaw.com 404-277-4784 taylormillerlaw@yahoo.com 478-787-9729 gdavidrobinson@gmail.com 770-893-9134 patsydudney@yahoo.com 706-342-1011 Don.e.wilson@att.net 678-334-8050 Lizjohnson12th@gmail.com 912-541-1237 justicecosts@gmail.com 678-462-8270

Method of Election Registration for the District-level Delegate caucuses will begin at 8 am on Saturday April 21, 2012. Anyone registered to vote in the congressional district in which they intend to caucus may cast a vote for Delegate candidates. Registration will close at exactly 12 pm and no other electors will be permitted to cast votes for Delegate candidates. Anyone in line, but has not completed the registration process by 12pm will be allowed to register and cast a vote for their preferred Delegate candidates. Candidates are allowed two minutes to address the audience, and are not permitted to have a nominating or seconding speech. Ballots will be distributed and voters may vote for a number of candidates equal to the number of Delegates to be elected from the district. For example, the first congressional district has been allotted three male and two female Delegates, so voters may select up to three male and two female candidates. Anyone who is registered to vote, is willing to sign a statement of support for the Democratic Party, and resides in the district in which they are intending to vote is permitted
PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA • P.O. BOX 20442 • ATLANTA, GA 30325 MIKE BERLON, CHAIR; NIKEMA WILLIAMS, FIRST VICE-CHAIR; RUSSELL EDWARDS, TREASURER; RJ HADLEY, VICE-CHAIR; MIGUEL CAMACHO, VICE-CHAIR; REP. PEDRO “PETE” MARIN, VICE-CHAIR; LAVERNE GASKINS, SECRETARY NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE•WWW.GEORGIADEMS.ORG

to cast a ballot at the District-Level Delegate Caucus. Each candidate may encourage their supporters to attend the caucus and cast a vote for them. The highest vote-getter, regardless of gender, is seated first. The next highest vote getter of the opposite gender is seated second, and the seating alternates by gender until all of the Delegate seats have been filled. Due to gender equity requirements, this method of seating Delegates may result in a candidate being chosen to be a member of the Georgia Delegation who received fewer votes than a candidate of the opposite gender. PLEO Delegates PLEO (Party Leader and Elected Official) Delegates are Georgians who hold political office within the state, or serve in leadership within a political organization. These Delegates could include: state legislators, big city mayors or municipal officers, and other state, county and local elected officials or party leaders. Georgia’s 14 PLEO Delegate spots will be voted on by a special meeting of the State Committee, to be held on May 12, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. The deadline to submit your candidacy as a PLEO delegate is April 26, 2012. At-large and Alternate Delegates Individuals wishing to run for Delegate at large, including unsuccessful Delegate candidates at the district-level must submit the appropriate candidate forms outlined on the “Georgia Delegate Candidate Check-list” of this manual by April 26, 2012. Unsuccessful Delegate candidates at the district-level must re-submit these forms to be considered a candidate for an At-large Delegate spot. Delegates will be elected by a special meeting of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s State Committee to be held in Macon, GA on May 19, 2012. Only State Committee Members will be allowed to vote for these Delegate candidates. At-large and alternate Delegates are also subject to review by presidential campaigns.

PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA • P.O. BOX 20442 • ATLANTA, GA 30325 MIKE BERLON, CHAIR; NIKEMA WILLIAMS, FIRST VICE-CHAIR; RUSSELL EDWARDS, TREASURER; RJ HADLEY, VICE-CHAIR; MIGUEL CAMACHO, VICE-CHAIR; REP. PEDRO “PETE” MARIN, VICE-CHAIR; LAVERNE GASKINS, SECRETARY NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE•WWW.GEORGIADEMS.ORG

Georgia Delegate Candidate Check-list
To complete the Georgia Delegate Application Process, the mandatory forms listed below must be submitted by the appropriate District-level (March 22, 2012) or At-large (April 26, 2012) application deadline. _____ Georgia Delegate Candidate Application _____ Georgia Delegate Candidates’ Party Declaration and Presidential Preference Form
Please submit these forms to PO Box 20442, Atlanta, GA 30325 ATTN: Delegate Selection, by email to mike@georgiademocrat.org or by fax to 877-744-9438 _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Dates to Remember: Varies March 6, 2012 March 22, 2012 April 14, 2012 April 21, 2012 April 26, 2012 Georgia Delegate Training Workshops by Congressional District Presidential Preference Primary District-level Delegate Candidate Application Deadline DPG receives list of approved Delegate candidates District-level Delegate Caucuses At-large, Alternate, and PLEO Delegate Candidate Application Deadline DPG receives list of approved Delegate candidates PLEO Delegate election- Atlanta, GA Deadline for unsuccessful PLEO candidates to submit candidacy to run for At-Large Delegate At-large Delegate election- Macon, GA

May 12, 2012 May 12, 2012 May 15, 2012

May 19, 2012

Please contact your Congressional District Chair or DPG County Affairs Director with any questions that you may have.

PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA • P.O. BOX 20442 • ATLANTA, GA 30325 MIKE BERLON, CHAIR; NIKEMA WILLIAMS, FIRST VICE-CHAIR; RUSSELL EDWARDS, TREASURER; RJ HADLEY, VICE-CHAIR; MIGUEL CAMACHO, VICE-CHAIR; REP. PEDRO “PETE” MARIN, VICE-CHAIR; LAVERNE GASKINS, SECRETARY NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE•WWW.GEORGIADEMS.ORG

Georgia Delegate Candidate Application
Please complete this form in order to declare your candidacy as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. All portions of this form must be completed. Complete Name: ____________________________________________ Occupation: ____________________________________________ Congressional District: ___________________________________________ Complete Address: ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ Phone Number: ____________________________________________ Alternative Phone Number: _______________________________________ Email Address: ____________________________________________
For security clearance purposes

Social Security Number: __________________________________________ Date of Birth: _____________________________________________ Please Check all that Apply: Gender: ____Male ____Female Ethnicity: ___African American ____Asian-Pacific___Caucasian___Latino___Native American Age: ___Youth (18-29)___Middle Aged (30-60)___Senior Citizen (60 and above) Orientation: ___Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender ___Heterosexual Disability: ___Yes, please describe: _________________________________ Party Leadership or Elected Positions: ______________________________________________ Receipt of this Statement of Intent certifies that I, _____________________ officially intend to seek election as a Georgia Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. X________ X________ I understand that the Presidential Candidates have the right to approve or disapprove of my candidacy. I understand that if elected, I am financially responsible for all Delegate related expenses, including: travel, lodging, meals, registration fees, etc.

I hereby declare my candidacy as a (please select all that apply) ____District Level___PLEO ____At-Large____Alternate Georgia Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. ___________________ Print Complete Name ______________________ Signature ____/_____/____ Date

PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA • P.O. BOX 20442 • ATLANTA, GA 30325 MIKE BERLON, CHAIR; NIKEMA WILLIAMS, FIRST VICE-CHAIR; RUSSELL EDWARDS, TREASURER; RJ HADLEY, VICE-CHAIR; MIGUEL CAMACHO, VICE-CHAIR; REP. PEDRO “PETE” MARIN, VICE-CHAIR; LAVERNE GASKINS, SECRETARY NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE•WWW.GEORGIADEMS.ORG

Georgia Delegate Candidates’ Party Declaration and Presidential Preference Form
Please complete this Candidates’ Party Declaration to officially declare your Party affiliation and your preferred Presidential candidate. All portions of this form must be completed. Complete Name: __________________________________________________ Congressional District: _________________________________________________ Email Address: __________________________________________________ Preferred Presidential Candidate: ________________________________________ Receipt of this Party Declaration Form certifies that I, ___________________________, am resident and registered to vote in the _______ Congressional District, located in ______________ County, GA. My initials signify and proclaim that the below statements are true and accurate: X______ I believe in the goals of the Democratic Party of Georgia X______ I am not a member of any other political party or body (as defined in the Georgia election code) X______ I am not affiliated with any political group whose ideas, goals, and methods are incompatible with that of the Democratic Party of Georgia (as identified by the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia). X______ If it is found that I have submitted this Party Declaration under false pretenses, I am subject to immediate disqualification as a Georgia Delegate or Alternate Delegate. I meet all qualifications and hereby declare my candidacy as a Georgia Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

________________________ ______________________ Print Complete Name Signature

____/_____/____ Date

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