2004 City Convention - Officer Positions

The Minneapolis DFL Nominations Committee is seeking your help in filling 8 officer positions that will be elected at the Minneapolis City Convention on May 15th. These positions are for a 1-year term that run the Minneapolis DFL as we prepare for our 2005 convention, which will be the largest political convention in the world next year.

Please take a minute to consider screening for a position and/or recruit a DFL friend to do the same. Applicants need not be Minneapolis delegates/alternates to screen and be elected but they do need to live in Minneapolis. For more information, please refer to the position descriptions and a list of questions, which will be asked of all candidates.

We will screen any interested candidates the morning of the convention from 9:30AM to 11AM at convention site, which is the Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN (downtown).

Screenings will take 5 minutes and candidates would like to provide handouts supporting their candidacy are asked to bring 6 copies. Those who are interested in screening have any questions regarding the process are welcome to contact the Chair, Judy Melanson at 612-724-9414 (JSMelanson@aol.com) or Associate Chair, Loki Anderson (lokileague@yahoo.com).

List of Questions

  1. Why are you running for this office? Are there specific things you would like to accomplish?
  2. What special skills and/or qualifications do you have for this position? What has been your past involvement in the DFL?
  3. What do you think should be done as a Party to expand our base and increase involvement?
  4. Will you be seeking reelection in 2005? If not will you recruit and mentor potential candidates?

Position Descriptions

These party officer descriptions and duties are taken directly from the City DFL Constitution.

Article III

Party Organization

 1. Officers

The Minneapolis DFL Party officers shall consist of a Chair and Associate Chair (of opposite gender), a Secretary, a Treasurer, an Affirmative Action Officer, a Finance Director, and two at-large Directors (one of each gender). These officers shall take office on December 1 of the year in which they were elected by the City Convention, or if that Convention did not complete its business, by a subsequent City Central Committee meeting. Officers elected to fill a vacancy take office immediately. Newly elected officers shall be non-voting members of the Executive Committee until they take office.

Bylaw A. The Chair shall be the chief executive officer of the Minneapolis DFL Party. The Chair shall be empowered to convene and conduct the meetings of the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee and shall also convene the Minneapolis DFL Convention.

Bylaw B. The Associate Chair shall aid the Chair and shall fulfill the duties of the Chair in the absence or inability of the Chair to act.

Bylaw C. The Secretary shall (1) keep the minutes of all Central and Executive Committee meetings, (2) keep records of all official Minneapolis DFL actions, (3) prepare all necessary documents, (4) prepare and send all official Minneapolis DFL correspondence, (5) notify all members of Central and Executive Committee meetings, and (6) send copies of revised constitution and minutes of conventions to the state DFL office for permanent recording.

Bylaw D. The Treasurer shall manage all party funds and submit a full written report of receipts and disbursements to each Central and Executive Committee meeting and the Minneapolis DFL Convention. The Treasurer shall also complete and submit any report on party finances or campaign contributions required by the agencies of the state or federal government.

Bylaw E. The duties of the officers shall be assigned by the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee. These duties shall include, but shall not be limited to, affirmative action, fundraising, and sample ballot.

Bylaw F. The order of temporary succession shall be Chair, Associate Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

(The At-Large Director posistions are not specifically assigned duties in the current Constitution. Generally, they work on specific assigned tasks under Bylaw E above.)

Last updated on May 12, 2004