From The Chairman's Desk- January 18, 2014

We Trust Our PCO's


It was a couple months ago.  

His letter stated: 

“I knew you guys would cave in to the Democrats!” 

I’ve forgotten the vote congress took that aggravated this particular Republican, but it is a common enough occurrence and I can't really blame them for lashing out at me.  Most people have no idea how we are organized or what our connection is to the elected servants. 

We’re in the news again, so understanding the structure of local political parties will help you evaluate the recent stories.

In 1907 the Washington State legislature created the current structure for political parties to prevent corruption as seen in places like New York’s Tammany Hall.  The idea was to let each precinct in the county elect a representative (Precinct Committee Officer, or PCO) and then the PCOs become the governing body of the party; electing the executive board, adopting bylaws and passing resolutions.

In Clark County, the PCOs meet quarterly and in 2012 first adopted bylaws that diminished the role of the chairman and increased the authority of the grassroots.  In some quarters around the state we are known as Grassroots Central and many counties have incorporated components of our bylaws.  This current board, just like the 2012 board, appreciates and approves of this power structure.

At the last meeting, on January 8th attended by 120 PCOs, one PCO presented a resolution for censure of our congresswoman and asked that it be put on the agenda for the next quarterly meeting, giving the body 3 months to discuss and debate it during the interim.  He was completely within his rights to make the motion, both in his position as a PCO and in proper parliamentary procedure.  A majority of PCOs agreed to allow the discussion at the next meeting as requested.  Somehow that is a news story.  We are not afraid of debate and have complete confidence that the PCOs will handle the dialog responsibly. 

Some are anxious this discussion will demonstrate the division in the party.  We’re pretty sure everyone already knows about the division.  It is real, and each side’s fears are real, but the potential to bring the sides together is also real if we actively listen to each other with honest courtesy and respect. 

That is my goal as chairman.  I believe it will be accomplished and we will be a better party in 2015 and a powerful force in 2016 as we welcome many newly-inspired activists from the presidential races into the fold through a culture and reputation for honest, civil dialog on even the toughest of issues.

You can find your PCO at our website: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/precinct_committee_officers

You can also find our Bylaws at the website: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/ccrc_bylaws

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 Coming Events
The events listed may or may not be organized, sponsored or endorsed by the CCRP.  If you have events that you would like to see listed, please direct them to Media@ClarkRepublicans.com

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB January 22nd  5:00pm – 6:30pm
CCRP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
A Toastmasters club is an effective way to receive leadership training including public speaking skills.  I and several others want to see our fellow Republicans benefit from the same experience we have had with Toastmasters. We have proposed starting a Republican Toastmasters club. This will benefit individuals as well as our organization as we develop these skills in a supportive environment. We are going to meet each Thursday at 5-630pm.  All Republicans are welcome to join us.  Thank you, Peter Silliman

 

VETERANS COMMUNITY GARDEN SPAGHETTI FEED January 23rd  4:00pm – 8:00pm
40 Et 8 Club House (by the Bingo Hall) 7607 NE 26th Avenue, Vancouver
$8 Adults  $5 Kids  Silent Auction Fundraiser!  Live Music All Profits Benefit Veterans Community Garden

Feel free to contact me.  I am available to you any time,

Kenny Smith
Chairman
Clark County Republican Party
360-521-8565 
KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com

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