TITLE: Establish 2024 Presidential Campaign Working Group (with options to Provisionally Endorse PEP and DSP documents)
SPONSORS: John Andrews, David Spanagel, and Jamie Guerin
VETTING COMMITTEES: AdCom, CDLC
FLOOR MANAGER: David Spanagel CONTACT INFO FOR FLOOR MANAGER: [email protected] ; cell 978-837-8868
SHEPHERD: John Andrews
SUMMARY: If Massachusetts voters are to have any chance of voting in 2024 for people who will articulate and advocate national policies that reflect the Ten Key Values, we need to establish a working group that can effectively participate in the processes that will nominate a GPUS President/Vice President ticket while also working to get those candidates’ names onto the November general election ballot in our state.
TEXT OF PROPOSAL: Establish 2024 Presidential Campaign Working Group Several of the existing working committees of the GRP must be involved in the presidential effort. In order to monitor and coordinate the various committees and to handle communications with candidates, a special working group called the Presidential Campaign Working Group (PCWG) will be created. This is a working group that will be active from the fall of 2023 until the 2024 campaign wraps up at the end of 2024. Delegates from the PCWG will keep the Candidate Development and Legal Committee (CDLC) and the GRP Administrative Committee (AdCom) regularly informed about its activities. Initially, the working membership of the PCWG shall consist of one or two members from CDLC plus at least one member each from the Communications Committee, the Fundraising Committee, and the Membership and Diversity Committee. All of these Working Committees shall select and appoint their PCWG working members before the end of December 2023. Additional “volunteer” members may subsequently be appointed to join the PCWG by a two-thirds vote of approval from existing group members. Such additional members may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Administrative Committee.
PCWG’s Key Responsibilities and Goals include:
• Finalizing the Presidential Election Plan (PEP) document and presenting it for State Committee endorsement at (or before) the Winter 2024 quarterly State Committee meeting (OPTION 1 for State Committee to provisionally endorse* the PEP immediately as a part of approving this proposal)
• Finalizing the Delegate Selection Plan (DSP) document and presenting it for State Committee endorsement at (or before) the Winter 2024 quarterly State Committee meeting (OPTION 2 for State Committee to provisionally endorse* the DSP immediately as a part of approving this proposal)
• Working alongside (and in concert with) a separate working group (to be appointed by AdCom) who will conduct a GRP Presidential Preference Poll accessible to eligible Massachusetts Green-Rainbow voters, featuring the names of all candidates who are officially recognized by the GPUS (this poll to be completed hopefully before the end of February 2024)
• Soliciting and vetting applications to serve as Massachusetts delegates to the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention and publishing a delegate selection report no later than 10 days prior to the State Committee meeting at which the report is to be approved
• Working alongside (and with assistance from the GPUS Ballot Access Committee) to guide and oversee GRP volunteer efforts to pursue a ballot access strategy so that Massachusetts voters will be able to cast votes for GPUS nominees for President and Vice President on the November general election ballot in our state
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: no immediate ones, though implementation of the PEP certainly will entail some financial consequences for the party
REFERENCES AND ATTACHMENTS: Current working draft Presidential Election Plan (PEP) document. Current working draft Delegate Selection Plan (DSP) document * “Provisional endorsement” of either document by State Committee signals general agreement with the direction and intentions articulated within the document(s), but also authorizes AdCom (in consultation with the PCWG) to fine-tune specific recommendations contained therein, to respond to the rush of events and calendar compression as the campaign season rapidly proceeds. Providing this StateCom endorsement up front enables PCWG to focus all its energies on initiating implementation, rather than having to spend precious organizing time finalizing the documents and hesitating before securing StateCom approval to go forward. If AdCom determines that the PCWG’s plans need to shift fundamentally toward a course of action that is substantially contrary to these guidelines, AdCom can then bring the altered course of action back to StateCom in a timely manner for review and approval.