ENDORSEMENTS INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

 

ALL CANDIDATES REQUESTING ENDORSEMENT SHOULD READ FOLLOWING SECTION FROM DOLPHIN DEMOCRATS BYLAWS:

Section 3. Endorsements.

  1. Consistent with its Mission, a committee appointed by the President as prescribed in ARTICLE X. COMMITTEES. Section 3 on behalf of The Dolphin Democrats, and as an organization, may develop, conduct and publish relevant evaluations of political candidates of any party affiliation in any election, after the filing deadline for that election on their political positions on issues important to the LGBTA community.
  2. The Campaign Committee will preside over and conduct the election process.
  3. In a General, Primary or Special Election, the Dolphin Democrats, as an organization, may endorse and/or support (in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local campaign finance law) any registered Democratic candidate after the filing deadline for that race, where there is only one Democratic candidate in the race, or in the case of a race that is non-partisan where there is only one (1) registered Democrat in a race. Officers, Board Members, and General Members of the Dolphin Democrats may identify themselves in their respective positions with The Dolphin Democrats when participating in these activities. Endorsement in this case requires only a majority vote of the members present at a regularly scheduled meeting of The Dolphin Democrats at which a quorum is present with ten (10) day's prior notice by e-newsletter, website, social media or other electronic means.
  4. All requests for endorsements must be submitted to a member of the current Executive Board at least thirty (30) days prior to the next General Membership Meeting. Requests can be submitted prior to the filing deadline, but the vote by the general membership will not take place until after the filing deadline. Endorsements must be voted on in person, by secret written ballot, at a meeting at least one month prior to the General or Pimary Election. In the case of a Special Election, the thirty (30) day requirement is fifteen (15) days.
  5. In order to cast a vote, members must be current and registered as members of the organization at least 30 days prior to the General Membership Meeting.
  6. The Dolphin Democrats may, after the filing deadline, endorse and/or support (in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local campaign finance law) one (1) or more registered Democrat(s) over one (1) or more registered Democrat(s) in a General, Primary or Special Election, including any non-partisan race (except Judicial races, as required by State Law) in which there is more than one (1) registered Democrat running for office, and there is a significant compelling reason that support of this/these candidate(s) would be consistent with the Mission of the organization, including a situation where the opponent(s), albeit Democrat(s), of this/these candidate(s) have demonstrated views, positions, and/or actions that are contrary to the Mission of the organization, subject to the following procedure:
  1. The Campaign Committee will preside over and conduct the election process.
  2. In a General, Primary or Special Election, the Dolphin Democrats, as an organization, may endorse and/or support (in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local campaign finance law) any registered Democratic candidate after the filing deadline for that race, where there is only one Democratic candidate in the race, or in the case of a race that is non-partisan where there is only one (1) registered Democrat in a race. Officers, Board Members, and General Members of the Dolphin Democrats may identify themselves in their respective positions with The Dolphin Democrats when participating in these activities. Endorsement in this case requires only a majority vote of the members present at a regularly scheduled meeting of The Dolphin Democrats at which a quorum is present with ten (10) day's prior notice by e-newsletter, website, social media or other electronic means.
  3. All requests for endorsements must be submitted to a member of the current Executive Board at least thirty (30) days prior to the next General Membership Meeting. Requests can be submitted prior to the filing deadline, but the vote by the general membership will not take place until after the filing deadline. Endorsements must be voted on in person, by secret written ballot, at a meeting at least one month prior to the General or Pimary Election. In the case of a Special Election, the thirty (30) day requirement is fifteen (15) days.
  4. In order to cast a vote, members must be current and registered as members of the organization at least 30 days prior to the General Membership Meeting.
  5. The Dolphin Democrats may, after the filing deadline, endorse and/or support (in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local campaign finance law) one (1) or more registered Democrat(s) over one (1) or more registered Democrat(s) in a General, Primary or Special Election, including any non-partisan race (except Judicial races, as required by State Law) in which there is more than one (1) registered Democrat running for office, and there is a significant compelling reason that support of this/these candidate(s) would be consistent with the Mission of the organization, including a situation where the opponent(s), albeit Democrat(s), of this/these candidate(s) have demonstrated views, positions, and/or actions that are contrary to the Mission of the organization, subject to the following procedure:
    1. A written request from a member in good standing of the Dolphin Democrats (member must remain in good standing throughout this procedure), to the current Executive Board shall be received at least thirty (30) days prior to the next scheduled General Membership Meeting of the organization;
    2. The written request must set forth a significant, compelling reason to support one (1) registered Democrat;
    3. There shall be no Co-Endorsements;
    4. A copy of this written request shall be circulated by the President and/or Secretary to the general membership of the Dolphin Democrats to be sent in writing at least ten (10) days prior to the next scheduled general meeting of the organization;
    5. Each of the registered Democrats who are in compliance with the above procedures shall be given the opportunity to address the membership, prior to the vote, for no longer than three (3) minutes;
    6. At such general meeting, the motion is approved by a vote of a 2/3 majority of the of the voting members present, in good standing, who have been members at least thirty (30) days prior to the vote with current dues fully paid;
    7. If a vote to endorse one or more Democratic candidate(s) over one or more other Democratic candidate(s) thereby prevails, then the Democrat(s) so selected by this process may receive the herein permitted support by the organization for one (1) race only. All members of the Dolphin Democrats are free to support any registered Democrat who is a candidate in any way they so choose, so long as they do so as individuals and not identifying as members, board members and/or Officers of The Dolphin Democrats;
    8. No write-in candidates shall be considered for endorsement, or permitted to speak before the general membership; and
    9. The Campaign Committee shall conduct and oversee the election, keep control of the ballots and total the votes.
U.S. SENATOR, REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, JUDICIAL, STATE ATTORNEY, PUBLIC DEFENDER
  • Noon, April 30 -  Noon, May 4, 2018
  • Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning April 16, 2018, pursuant to Section 99.061(8), F.S.
GOVERNOR, ATTORNEY GENERAL, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE, STATE SENATOR, STATE REPRESENTATIVE, COUNTY OFFICES, AND MULTI-COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS
  • Noon, June 18 - Noon, June 22, 2018
  • Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning June 4, 2018, pursuant to Section 99.061(8), F.S.

Endorsements shall be emailed to:

[email protected], & [email protected]