House District 15 Nomination Meeting and Process

The following outline of process comes jointly from the Tennessee Democratic Party and the Knox County Democratic Party.

Knox County Democratic Party  Voting Process for Selection of Nominee for House District 15 Vacancy

I. Call for Meeting – Per Article VII of the Knox County Democratic Party (KCDP) bylaws and Tennessee Code Annotated 2-13-204(b)(4), the chair of KCDP shall call a special session of the KCDP executive committee for the purpose of selecting a nominee for the House District 15 vacancy.

KCDP BYLAWS ARTICLE VII. LATE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES In the event that it becomes necessary to nominate a Democratic candidate for public office after the time has expired to make such nomination through the regular process, the following procedure shall be followed: 1. The Chair shall call a meeting of the County Assembly for this purpose, giving at least five day’s (5) notice thereof to members of the County Assembly. 2. The Chair shall have published a newspaper notice of such meeting at least three (3) days in advance. 3. If the time remaining to meet a nomination deadline does not permit such advance notice, then the notice shall be given by telephone, personal courier or other means.

2-13-204(b)(4) Withdrawal or death of candidate -- New nomination.
(b)(4) …The chair of the county executive committee of the residence of the former nominee shall call a joint convention for the purpose of selecting a new nominee as herein provided within ten (10) days of the date the vacancy occurred.

II. Meeting Date - Thursday, August 18th at 6 pm, Knox County Democratic Party Office located at 311 Morgan Street in Knoxville, TN 37917.

III. Filling the Vacancy - Per Tennessee Code Annotated 2-13-204(b)(4), the vacancy shall be filled by members of the county party’s executive committee who reside within House District 15.

2-13-204(b)(4) Withdrawal or death of candidate -- New nomination.

(b)(4) If the office to be filled is a seat in the general assembly, then it shall be filled by the members of the party's county executive committee who reside within that district, except that in counties having a metropolitan form of government with a population of more than five hundred thousand (500,000), according to the 2010 federal census or any subsequent federal census, then the office shall be filled by the members of the party's county executive committee who represent precincts within that district. In a county with two (2) or more districts, only members of the county executive committee who reside within a particular district shall determine the method of nomination in that district except that in counties having a metropolitan form of government with a population of more than five hundred thousand (500,000), according to the 2010 federal census or any subsequent federal census, only members of the party's county executive committee who represent precincts within that district shall determine the method of nomination in that district. If no member of the county executive committee resides within a district, then the members of the county executive committees who represent precincts within the district may nominate a candidate. The chair of the county executive committee of the residence of the former nominee shall call a joint convention for the purpose of selecting a new nominee as herein provided within ten (10) days of the date the vacancy occurred. In counties where the members of the county executive committee are selected at large, the full executive committee shall determine the method of nomination.

IV. Eligible Voters – The Knox County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee consists of the Board of Governors and Precinct Chairs.  Per Tennessee Code Annotated 2-13-204(b)(4) (see above) and for the purpose of Thursday, August 18th’s voting, there are 15 members of the executive committee who reside in House District 15.  They include:

Cameron Brooks, KCDP Chair; Jackie Clay, KCDP Vice Chair; Mary Wilson, District one female rep for the Board of Governors; Harold Middlebrook, District one male rep for the Board of Governors; Debbie Helsley, District 9 rep for the Board of Governors; Sylvia Woods, Womens’ club Representative; Paul Witt, Chair Precinct 6; Peggy Myers- Carter, Chair Precinct 9; Dewey Roberts, Chair Precinct 12; Joe Woods, Chair Precinct 15; Paul Armstrong, Chair Precinct 30; Lydia Pulsipher, Vice Chair of Precinct 31(Mary Wilson is Chair of 31 and because Wilson already has a vote as District one female rep the next ranking officer, Lydia Pulsipher, is the acting Chair); Larry Hill, Chair Precinct 32; Bill Cox, Chair Precinct 25; Chris Sneed, Chair Precinct 26.

V. Rules of Order – Per Article X. Rules of Order of the Knox County Democratic Party, Roberts Rules of Order shall be followed at this meeting except if they clash with the Bylaws.

ARTICLE X. RULES OF ORDER - The most recent edition of Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of any meeting of the Party except where such rules are inconsistent with this Constitution and Bylaws.

VI. Nominations – Candidate nominations for the vacancy are made by the voting members of this process. Each candidate must also be seconded to be eligible for the nomination.

VII. Speeches- Successfully nominated candidate will have up to 2 minutes to speak and address the body.

VIII. Voting -  Per the Knox County Democratic bylaws, the vote will be done openly by roll call. The candidate with the most votes is the nominee.

KCDP BYLAWS ARTICLE VI. DEMOCRATIC PARTY VOTING RULES - Neither proxies, nor voting by the unit rule, nor secret ballot shall be allowed at any meeting of the Knox County Democratic Party, nor at any meeting called under the Party’s auspices, nor at a meeting of any committee thereof.

Upon completion of the meeting the Knox County Election Commission Administrator will be notified of the committee’s decision.

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