In January of odd-numbered years, the Democratic State Committee (DSC) elects our Party officers, as well as the members of three important standing committees: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Grievance Committee.

This year, the election will take place at the DSC meeting on Sunday, January 24, 2021, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, which will be conducted via Zoom. Anyone may attend, but only current DSC members may vote. Please see the meeting agenda for details. 

Any Maine Democrat can run for these positions. Please read our position descriptions below before deciding if you would like to run. All current candidates are listed here, alphabetically. Additional candidates will be added within one business day of notifying us of their intent to run. 

If you would like to be on the ballot, please email the Maine Democratic Party Executive Director with your name, address, phone number, and the position(s) you would like to run for by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 15, 2021. If you are running for Chair or Vice Chair, please also include your gender, as these positions cannot be the same gender. If you miss this deadline to get on the ballot, you can still attend the meeting and run from the floor.

Candidates will be able to submit a campaign statement to the MDP, which will be emailed to all DSC members ahead of the election. Candidates are also free to campaign using their own contact lists, and can attend the January 24 meeting to make a brief statement before voting begins. Once candidates submit their request to be on the ballot, they will be provided with detailed instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact us at political@mainedems.org.

Position Descriptions

All positions serve two-year terms until the next round of elections in January 2023.

  • Chair Show Responsibilities Hide Responsibilities
    • The Chair shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Democratic Party, and shall comply with all legal requirements relating to that office.
    • The Chair shall act on behalf of the Maine Democratic Party as specified by the DSC, consulting with the DSC and Executive Committee as necessary and appropriate.
    • The Chair shall represent the State of Maine on the Democratic National Committee, unless otherwise provided by DNC rules.
    • The Chair shall see that the municipal caucuses and State Convention are held in accordance with State Law.
    • The Chair, after consultation with the Executive Committee, shall present a proposed annual budget to a meeting of the DSC no later than November of each year.
    • The Chair shall be, unless otherwise specified, a non-voting ex officio member of every subcommittee of the DSC, of the Committee on Rules, and of the Committees of the State Convention.
    • The Chair shall serve as chair of the Coordinated Campaign Steering Committee, or designate a chair.
    • The Chair shall perform such other duties as specified by this Charter or the DSC.
    • The Chair shall be the presiding officer of the DSC.
    • The Chair shall report regularly to the DSC.
    • The Chair shall appoint a Parliamentarian.
    • The Chair shall perform any other duties the DSC may assign.
    • Source: MDP Charter §850.3.A & DSC Bylaws Article 3.2.A
    • Meeting frequency: The Chair is expected to attend all monthly Executive Committee meetings, and bi-monthly DSC meetings, as well as other subcommittee meetings as needed.
  • Vice-Chair Show Responsibilities Hide Responsibilities
    • The Vice-Chair shall be vested with all the powers and shall perform all the duties of the Chair in the Chair’s absence.
    • The Vice-Chair shall be, unless otherwise specified, a non-voting ex officio member of every subcommittee of the DSC, of the Committee on Rules, and of the Committees of the State Convention.
    • The Vice-Chair shall represent the State of Maine on the Democratic National Committee, unless otherwise provided by DNC rules.
    • The Vice-Chair shall perform any other duties as specified by this Charter or the DSC.
    • The Vice-Chair shall report regularly to the DSC.
    • The Vice-Chair shall perform any other duties the DSC may assign.
    • Source: MDP Charter §850.3.B & DSC Bylaws Article 3.2.B
    • Meeting frequency: The Vice Chair is expected to attend all monthly Executive Committee and bi-monthly DSC meetings, as well as other subcommittee meetings as needed.
  • Secretary Show Responsibilities Hide Responsibilities
    • The Secretary shall keep a full and accurate record of all DSC meetings and shall file a duplicate copy with the Chair.
    • The Secretary shall maintain and make available an accurate record of the membership of the DSC and all other committees established pursuant to this Charter.
    • The Secretary shall perform any other duties as specified by this Charter or the DSC.
    • The minutes shall include a record of the presence or absence of each member, and the number of consecutive absences for each absent member.
    • The Secretary shall report regularly to the DSC.
    • The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining, and for making available on request
      • An accurate membership list and contact information for the DSC
      • Accurate membership lists of all subcommittees of the DSC and all committees established pursuant to the Maine Democratic Party Rules
      • All standing rules and continuing resolutions of the DSC that are currently in force.
    • The Secretary shall be responsible for the timely delivery of all meeting notices and all draft DSC minutes to each DSC member.
    • The Secretary shall be responsible for verifying eligibility to vote, using voting cards or some other reasonable procedure for ensuring that only members in good standing and eligible alternates vote.
    • The Secretary shall be responsible for notifying every Elected Member who has missed two consecutive meetings, and that member’s county chair.
    • The Secretary shall perform any other duties the DSC may assign.
    • Source: MDP Charter §850.3.C & DSC Bylaws Article 3.2.C
    • Meeting frequency: The Secretary is expected to attend all monthly Executive Committee meetings and bi-monthly DSC meetings.
  • Treasurer Show Responsibilities Hide Responsibilities
    • The Treasurer shall keep full and accurate accounts and records of all receipts and of all disbursements and shall deposit all monies in the name of the “Democratic State Committee” in an authorized depository institution.
    • The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the DSC as provided by this Charter, but only in accordance with the budget that has been adopted by the DSC.
    • The Treasurer shall render to the DSC a report of all transactions and a report of the financial condition of the Democratic Party.
    • The Treasurer of the DSC shall make available a monthly statement of income and expenses to all DSC members.
    • The Treasurer and/or the designee of the DSC shall sign all checks, drafts, and orders for the payment of money.
    • The Treasurer shall file with the Secretary a corporate bond, issued by a surety company licensed in the State of Maine, in such amount as the DSC shall determine.
    • The Treasurer shall promptly make all reports required by State and Federal Law.
    • The Treasurer shall perform any other duties as specified by this Charter or the DSC.
    • The Treasurer shall serve as a non voting ex officio member of the Finance Subcommittee as provided in Article 7, Subsection 2(E) of these Bylaws.
    • The Treasurer shall perform any other duties the DSC may assign.
    • Source: MDP Charter §850.3.D & DSC Bylaws Article 3.2.D
    • Meeting frequency: The Treasurer is expected to attend all monthly Executive Committee and bi-monthly DSC meetings, as well as monthly Finance Committee meetings.
  • Assistant Treasurer Show Responsibilities Hide Responsibilities
    • The Assistant Treasurer shall be vested with all the powers and shall perform all the duties of the Treasurer in the Treasurer’s absence, including the power to sign checks, drafts, and orders for the payment of money.
    • The Assistant Treasurer shall perform any other duties as specified by this Charter or the DSC.
    • The Assistant Treasurer shall serve as a nonvoting ex officio member of the Finance Subcommittee as provided in Article 7, Subsection 2(E) of these Bylaws.
    • The Assistant Treasurer shall perform any other duties the DSC may assign.
    • Source: MDP Charter §850.3.E & DSC Bylaws Article 3.2.E
    • Meeting frequency: The Vice Treasurer is expected to attend all monthly Executive Committee meetings and bi-monthly DSC meetings.
  • Executive Committee (5 positions) Show Responsibilities Hide Responsibilities
    • The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the DSC between meetings of the DSC
    • Shall oversee the Executive Director’s management of the personnel and operations of the Maine Democratic Party;
    • Shall make recommendations to the DSC;
    • The Executive Committee shall be subject to the orders of the DSC, and none of its acts shall conflict with actions taken by the DSC
    • Source: DSC Bylaws Article 6
    • Meeting frequency: Monthly
  • Finance Subcommittee (5 positions) Show Responsibilities Hide Responsibilities
    • The Finance Subcommittee or its designees shall have the authority to review or audit the financial records of all organizations created under this Charter, and all subsidiary bodies created by such organizations.
    • The Finance Subcommittee shall report to each regular meeting of the DSC, after first submitting its report to the Executive Committee for review and opportunity to comment.
    • The Finance Subcommittee shall prepare and submit to the DSC Executive Committee a proposed Annual Budget by October of each year.
    • The Finance Subcommittee shall establish rules and procedures to govern all expenditures of Democratic Party funds.
    • The Finance Subcommittee shall be responsible for recommending to the DSC ways in which funds may be obtained for the operation of the Democratic Party.
    • The Finance Subcommittee shall have oversight of the financial records of all organizations created under the Maine Democratic Party Rules, or subsidiary bodies created by such organizations, and may arrange for the records to be audited or reviewed as it deems appropriate.
    • Source: MDP Charter §940 & DSC Bylaws Article 7.2
    • Meeting frequency: Monthly
  • Grievance Subcommittee (2 positions and 1 alternate for each Congressional District) Show Responsibilities Hide Responsibilities
    • The Grievance Committee is established for the purpose of hearing and rendering fair and impartial decisions on disputes and controversies within the Party.
    • The Grievance Committee shall have jurisdiction over all matters and disputes arising from any action taken by a Municipal or County Committee, over all personnel grievances by Maine Democratic Party employees, and over all other matters and disputes arising within the Maine Democratic Party referred to the Grievance Committee by the DSC Chair or by petition of any five (5) members of the DSC.
    • The Grievance Committee is further empowered and directed to adopt necessary and appropriate procedures to assure that each dispute and grievance is settled impartially, equitably, and according to rules of justice and fairness, subject to advice, approval, and review of the DSC.
    • Within one (1) week after receiving notice of [a] grievance, the Grievance Committee Chair shall send a written Notice of Hearing to all Grievance Committee members, Petitioners, and Respondents.
    • Within one (1) week after [a] hearing or a dismissal vote, the Grievance Committee shall send the parties, and the Chair of the DSC, a written report explaining the Grievance Committee’s decision.
    • Source: MDP Charter §1300, 1320, 1330
    • Meeting frequency: As needed. Grievance Committee members are expected to make every effort to attend hearings. In the event a Grievance Committee member cannot attend a hearing, alternates are expected to make every effort to attend.