In my email last week, I tried to briefly explain how a unit (city or county) mass meeting gives Republican voters a say in how your Party works. Two of the agenda items in the mass meetings that are held in even years are the election of a unit chairman and a “local committee.”
Having served as a unit chair (Lynchburg), I know well what a chairman does. The chairman is ultimately responsible in his/her area for all legal matters involving Republicans in elections. This includes identifying and certifying Republican candidates to the State Board of Elections. Additionally, the chairman certifies individuals who, on behalf of Republicans, will observe inside the polls for both voter integrity and Get-Out-the-Vote purposes.
A chairman can delegate many of his/her duties, but still holds ultimate responsibility. These include fund-raising, campaign and election day activities, Party growth, and communication with the community and the media.
Many of these duties are delegated to members of the “local committee” which is elected at the same mass meeting. Under Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) policy, committees are supposed to be made up of representatives from each Ward/District (Ward Captains) and from each precinct (Precinct Captains and workers). Under RPV guidelines the number of committee members from each precinct should be determined by the number of Republican votes that came from that precinct during specific elections.
Committee members should be committed to 1) representing the interests of Republicans in their precincts when voting on issues that come before the committee, and 2) working to elect Republican candidates to all offices in local, regional, state-wide, and national elections. Committee members are the foot soldiers in the political process.
Members of local committees have an even more important say in how your Party works than do those voters who only attend mass meetings. I strongly encourage conservative-minded voters to become involved in their committees. Not everyone has to join, but we all need to work together to change the direction of our country back to the mission of the Constitution: protection of our liberties.
As Edmund Burke has been quoted: “All it takes for tyranny to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” Let’s work together to do the “something” required to preserve our freedoms for our children and their children.