What is a Precinct Chair?
The lowest level of elected office, Precinct Chairs represent their home precinct on the County Executive Committee (CEC).
What is the CEC?
The County Executive Committee is the governing body of the Democratic Party in Wichita County and conducts all official party business. The CEC usually meets three times a year, sometimes more in election years.
How do you get to be a Precinct Chair?
Qualified candidates are elected every two years to serve a two-year term by voters in their precinct in the Democratic Primary Election. Qualifications are set by the Texas Democratic Party Rules.
What are the qualifications needed to be a Precinct Chair?
You must be a Democrat, 18 years of age or older, a qualified (registered) voter in Wichita County, reside in the precinct you wish to represent, and vote in the Democratic Primary election. Precinct Chairs cannot be a candidate for nor holder of elected office of the federal, state or local government.
What is a vacancy appointment?
If a precinct has no Chair, it is considered vacant. A qualified candidate may be nominated by their State Senate District Vacancy Committee to fill the seat for the remainder of the term of office. Nominations must be confirmed by a majority vote of the CEC.
What do Precinct Chairs do?
In addition to serving as voting member of the CEC, Precinct Chairs are the contact person for the Democratic Party in their neighborhood. They should be familiar with other Democrats in the area and promote Democratic candidates and events whenever possible. Some organize “block walks” in their area (go door to door) to distribute campaign materials or to encourage their neighbors to vote in upcoming elections.
If available, Precinct chairs are asked to serve as election judges to conduct the Democratic Primary in their precinct and convene their precinct conventions, immediately after the polls close for the Democratic Primary Election.
Precinct Chairs are political positions. They are volunteers and are not paid.