Nominations Now Open for DSA National Convention Delegates

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The Mid-Hudson Valley DSA is currently accepting nominations for delegates to represent our chapter at the DSA national convention to be held August 2-4 in Atlanta.

The convention, held every two years, is where DSA elects its national leadership and sets strategic and resource-allocation priorities for the next two years. It is a great opportunity to influence DSA’s direction, advocate for our chapter’s needs, and meet the hundreds of members from around the country who will be in Atlanta.

Nominations are currently open, and will remain open through Sunday, June 9th. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please email organize@mhvdsa.org by Sunday!

All nominations (and candidate statements, if candidates wish to provide them) will be posted on the MHV DSA web site at mhvdsa.org/2019/06/03/2019-delegate-nominations. Note that you must be a DSA member in good standing in order to run or vote for convention delegate positions.

For further questions and discussion about the nomination process or the nominees, please join the #nominations channel of the MHV DSA Slack; email organize@mhvdsa.org if you need help accessing Slack.

In addition, a conference call is currently being organized to take place at approximately the beginning of balloting, so that members can meet and ask questions of delegates; stay tuned for further information.

After nominations are closed, balloting will take place online from Monday, June 10th through Sunday, June 16th. An email with the final list of nominees will be sent at the opening of the balloting, with instructions on how to vote. Although the roster of delegates will be set as of Monday, June 17, there will be a further opportunity prior to the convention for all chapter members and delegates to learn about and discuss the convention at our July membership meeting.

Delegate Election Details

The Hudson Valley Chapter is entitled to ten delegates at the convention. Because the process of forming a Lower Hudson and a Mid-Hudson chapter was not completed prior to apportionment, Mid-Hudson and Lower Hudson will be splitting those positions. Lower Hudson (261 members) and Mid-Hudson DSA (230 members) are holding separate elections, each electing 5 delegates.

In addition to Mid-Hudson’s five elected delegates, the next two highest vote getters will be elected alternates and should plan to attend the convention.

All candidates are expected to be able to attend the convention if elected, and to help with fundraising to cover the costs of their travel. The steering committee and the elected delegates will jointly allocate any travel funds raised, according to need. We anticipate that all delegates will have to pay some portion of their travel and lodging costs. Receipts will be required for all expenses to be paid for by the chapter, and any unused funds must be returned.

Timeline

  • Thursday, May 19: nominations opened
  • Sunday, June 9: deadline for nominations and candidate statements
  • Monday, June 10: ballots emailed
  • Sunday, June 16: balloting closes, ballots counted
  • August 2-4: DSA national convention

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