POLICY ON ENDORSEMENTS
It shall be the policy of the Los Angeles Black Women’s Democratic Club – Political Committee, hereafter referred to as LA BWDC-PC, to endorse candidates for any elective office, only of whom are registered Democrats, for office who seek to enhance the growth of the Democratic Party, to develop Party Leadership, to promote harmony among Party members, and to advance the principles of the Democratic Party.
It shall be the aim of this organization, in all its efforts to contribute to the advancement of Black women in the Democratic Party, to support local; State; and National platforms that seek to address issues affecting Black women, and to encourage its members in the development of leadership among themselves.
It shall be the policy of LA BWDC-PC to support initiatives and ballot measures that enhance the growth of the Democratic Party, develop Party Leadership, promote harmony among Party members, and advance the principles of the Democratic Party and oppose initiatives and ballot measures that detract from the growth of the Democratic Party, to develop Party Leadership, to promote harmony among Party members, and to advance the principles of the Democratic Party.
Endorsement of a candidate or position on a ballot measure requires a 60% vote of a present quorum and voting at the meeting at which the endorsement is considered, is the decision-making authority for Congressional, Los Angeles County Constitutional, State Senate, State Assembly, and Los Angeles County Propositions.
Quorum: A quorum shall be declared to exist in such regularly or specially called meetings of the organization, of which all qualified members have been informed in writing 10-days in advance, at which twenty percent of the membership or 15 members are present and at least 5 members of the Executive Committee are in attendance. As written in the Bylaws of the California Black Women’s Democratic Club Article III - Section 2 – The President may call a special meeting should need arise, or upon the petition of five qualified members. Notice of special meetings must include the limited purpose for which the meeting is being called, 72-hour notice to all qualified members, and no other business may be discussed or voted on.
Incumbents vs. Non-Incumbents
All candidates running for office shall be required to complete a written questionnaire in order to be considered for endorsement. All questionnaires must ask the candidate to sign the BWDC Pledge as adopted by BWDC’s Executive Board, and must include information regarding the candidate’s funding and base of support.
Candidates should be interviewed in meetings open to all BWDC members as part of the evaluation process whenever possible.
All candidates are prohibited from disclosing any BWDC Internal Information, including but not limited to, BWDC Questionnaire and Pledge.
Candidates shall be judged by the following criteria:
Commitment to BWDC’s agenda and the Black Community, based on questionnaire responses, statements in the public record, and on actions the candidate has taken to demonstrate such commitment.
Responses to questions posed in interview meetings
Signing of the BWDC Pledge in support of the progress of Black Women
Candidate’s viability, judged by:
Commitment and ability to raise funds adequate to win.
Base of support, as demonstrated by endorsements and contributions from individuals and groups that make a difference in winning elections.
Name recognition, personal history (strengths and liabilities), polling data, ballot designation and match up with other candidates.
Adequacy of candidates’ campaign plan and campaign team.
BWDC should invite all known viable candidates, within the Democratic Party, to participate in the evaluation process through completion of a questionnaire and pledge, BWDC will convene members to screen questionnaire responses and may eliminate from further consideration those candidates deemed non-viable or unsuitable for BWDC support.
BWDC will coordinate with other Democratic Clubs with a focus on the progress of Black Women when possible.