Liberty City is an organization of Democratic Party activists. We only endorse Democrats. Our by-laws require that any candidate that seeks an endorsement from Liberty City "must be seeking a Democratic Party nomination in the Primary Election, or be a Democratic nominee on the General Election ballot."
Members of the Endorsement Committee will determine which candidates qualify for endorsement and evaluate them based on candidate responses to a questionnaire, interviews, the candidate's address to membership, and other research. The 2011 Questionnaires can be downloaded here:
The endorsement committee is made up of between 5 and 15 members selected by the Board Development Committee and ratified by the Board for a two year term. The current committee was approved by the board on March 4, 2011 and includes the following members:
- Sara Jacobson, Chair
- Cei Bell
- Dwayne Bensing
- Mark Dann
- David Feldman
- Kathy Gomez
- Jason Lewis
- Nora Lichtash
- L. Curt Mangel III
- Michael McCool
- Ray Murphy
- Solaris Powers
The endorsement committee is guided by a detailed set of guidelines throughout its process, which can be viewed here.
The endorsement committee will present its recommendation to the General Membership at the General Membership Endorsement Meeting. Each recommendation will be considered a motion to be debated and voted on by the General Membership.
Only members in good standing with a valid ballot may speak during the General Membership Endorsement Meeting. Non-members may attend, but must remain in a clearly designated location behind the voting members. Non-members may not participate in any discussion.
In order to be a member in good standing with valid ballot during the Endorsement Meeting, our by-laws require a member must:
- Have paid dues at least 45 days prior to the endorsement meeting, except for members in good standing from the previous year who shall be permitted to pay their dues up until the start of the endorsement meeting; and
- Have attended or participated in at least two (2) Liberty City-sponsored meetings, events, functions, or other such activities deemed appropriate by the Board, within the previous twelve months.
A rules committee will be appointed to rule on disputes regarding eligibility to vote.
An endorsement requires a simple majority vote of the members present and voting. Voting shall be by secret ballot, unless there is unanimous consent to endorse by a voice vote.