February 8, 2014 · 2:30 PM
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DC Democratic Socialists of America February Meeting
We will consider endorsing candidates in the April 1 District of Columbia primary election.
Primaries are being held by the Democratic, Republican, Statehood Green, and Libertarian parties. Offices on the ballot are mayor; council chairman; at-large councilmember; councilmembers for Wards 1, 3, 5 and 6; delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. senator; U.S. representative; and, for voters in the Democratic primary, members of the Democratic national and state committees. (The delegate to the U.S. House, a salaried position that dates back to the early 1970s, is the official representative of D.C.’s interests in Congress. The delegate, currently Eleanor Holmes Norton, serves on committees and can speak, but not vote, on the House floor. The unpaid positions of U.S. senator and representative were created in the early 1990s to serve as lobbyists for D.C. statehood. Sometimes known as “shadow” members, they are not recognized by Congress and don’t serve on committees or have speaking or voting rights).
At the meeting, Metro-DC DSA will consider motions for endorsements to any of these offices. Any local DSA member in good standing in the organization – i.e., having paid dues within the past year – is eligible to propose and vote on endorsements. According to Metro-DC DSA’s bylaws, decisions on electoral endorsements require a vote of two-thirds of the members present.
A good resource to understand the race for mayor can be found at this link. It's an article from last month’s Washington Socialist by a DC DSA member.
Cleveland Park metro is the nearest metro.
The Steering Committee meets 1 1/2 hours before each general meeting. Any member can attend, but only Steering Committee Members can vote on resolutions.