2022 STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

TITLE: CDLC OR A DIVERSE COMMITTEE OF GRP MEMBERS WILL RECRUIT AND SUPPORT A DIVERSE SLATE OF STATEWIDE ELECTIONS FOR THE 2022 STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

SPONSORS:Danny Factor and David Spanagel

VETTING: CDLC and Local Chapters

FLOOR MANAGER:Danny Factor

SHEPHERD:David Spanagel

SUMMARY:CDLC OR A DIVERSE COMMITTEE OF GRP MEMBERS WILL RECRUIT AND SUPPORT A DIVERSE SLATE OF STATEWIDE ELECTIONS FOR THE 2022 STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

GOALS: The best way for us to stop fighting with each other is to work together in behalf of a compelling program. We will call on the Commonwealth to support our bold GRP Alternative/Imperative. This campaign will rebuild our state party, increase our membership and strengthen our local chapters. This campaign will inspire and support other GRP members to run for local office. At least one of our candidates will receive 3% of the vote and we will therefore regain party status.

IMPLEMENTATION—CDLC and/or a Diverse Committee will … Research the legal requirements of running a statewide slate of candidates. Recruit a diverse slate of candidates With the candidates, come up with a campaign plan which will be submitted to StateCom for their approval. The GRP will organize a Nominating Convention and invite all GRP members to attend. This meeting will nominate our candidates and recruit campaign supporters. Support the efforts of the slate to run a coordinated campaign (Note: Getting our candidates on the ballot will be a major effort.) Deliver a report to StateCom after the election is over.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: THE STATE PARTY AND OUR SLATE OF CANDIDATES WILL NEED TO RAISE A LOT OF $


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  • Mike Heichman
    commented 2021-08-20 16:22:16 -0400
    Matt,

    There is nothing in this proposal that would stop GRP members running for statewide office in 2022. That’s what the Democrats and Republicans have been doing in the past and are doing now for many months. That’s not what has happened in our party in the past, and I believe that this is not what is happening now.

    How many GRP members have you heard are running for statewide office in 2022? I wish that there were an answer larger than 0?

    Except for Jill, how many GRP members do you know that have the capacity to run for statewide office in 2022?

    Based on our history, the reality is that …

    1. We need a GRP committee to do research, do some campaign planning, recruit candidates, and with the candidates, prepare a united statewide campaign with our slate.

    2. Each candidate will need to recruit at least a Treasurer, establish a campaign organization and be willing to do some fundraising and agree to be part of the slate.

    (Note: If we run candidates for higher office (Gov, Lt Gov, Attorney Gen), we will need 10,000 valid signatures. We successfully did that in 2002 and 2006. If only for the lower constitutional offices, we will need 5,000 valid signatures, which we did in 2010, 2014, and 2018. With a slate, you put all of the candidates on the same petition.)

    3. The major purposes of a nominating convention is to reach out to the entire membership, invite them to a convention, nominate our slate of candidates (hopefully) and sign-up to support the statewide campaign.

    To the best of our ability, we need to recruit a diverse committee and a diverse slate of candidates.

    Based upon our past history, pulling this off will be a major undertaking.

    Given the state of our party for the last couple of years, I wish that I would be confident of success.

    The major question that this proposal brings to our party is … Should we attempt to pull ourselves together, unite behind our vision and platform, and strive to be, not the Alternative, but the Imperative?

    If the answer is “NO”, then I suggest that there be a proposal before our 9/25 annual convention to dissolve our party.

    I pray that we decide the former.

    Love,

    Mike Heichman
  • Matthew Andrews
    commented 2021-08-20 15:32:54 -0400
    I’m a little confused about the order of events that this proposal is mandating. When do candidates become official? Are they added to CDLC and invited to participate in planning a Nominating Convention? If yes, then StateCom should officially nominate them first, and call the event a campaign season kick-off conference. The other possibility which the name “Nominating Convention” suggests, would be to ask candidates to appear and appeal for our support at the Nominating Convention. This would imply that the GRP organize independently from the candidates, and possibly create some suspense around the outcome of a Nominating Convention. Perhaps such an event could include a vote between different electoral strategies. I think it would be healthy to discuss the details of our electoral strategy, beyond getting 3% in a statewide election for ballot status.
    I’m a little nervous about inviting candidates to be involved in developing the GRP’s strategy, since there could be a conflict of interest there. Of course, each candidate will want to prioritize their own campaign.
  • Richard Vaillette
    commented 2021-08-19 10:14:12 -0400
    We’re a political designation hoping to regain party status.
  • Richard Vaillette
    tagged this with Easy 2021-08-19 10:14:11 -0400
  • John Andrews
    commented 2021-08-17 11:48:27 -0400
    This is addressing the core reason for existence of the GRP, namely the offering of an electoral alternative to the voters. A similar candidate recruitment effort led to the GRP slates in 2014 and 2018. We will need to recruit suitable candidates and collect about 7000 raw voter signatures to put them on the ballot. The GRP needs to assess whether it can make the commitment to make this effort succeed.
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  • Mike Heichman
    commented 2021-07-29 07:45:22 -0400
    7/29—I have received email confirmation that Danny Factor and David Spanagel have agreed to cosponsor my proposal.

    Thanks, Mike Heichman
  • Mike Heichman
    published this page in 2021 Summer State Committee Proposals 2021-07-18 17:08:19 -0400