2018 Dubuque Democrats County Convention

2018 Dubuque Democrats County Convention

Important Note

If you want to be a delegate or an alternate but were not able to make it to the caucus and did not have someone nominate you, there is still time. We will be accepting nominations for delegates and alternates on or before Tuesday February 13, 2018. If you have not contacted us before the time of the Central Committee meeting on Tuesday (which starts at 7:00 PM) you may come to the meeting (even if you are not a Central Committee member) and be nominated or have someone nominate you.

Some precincts are full, so you may end up as an alternate and there is no guarantee you will represent your precinct, but you may still end up as a delegate. As of Sunday February 11, counting delegates and alternates we have not filled our 250 seats.

Again, you may be nominated to become a delegate or alternate on or before February 13, 2018.

Steve Drahozal, Chair

Dubuque Democrats County Convention will be:

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018. (further details TBA)
Where: Northeast Iowa Community College – Peosta Campus, 8342 NICC Dr, Peosta, IA 52068.

Convention Committees

The convention committees consist of the Platform Committee and the Committee on Committees. These groups perform the planning and operation of the convention.

Committee on Committees

The Committee on Committees breaks into the following:

  • Arrangments Committee
  • Credentials Committee. Sue Wilson, Chair
  • Rules & Nominations Committee. Lizz Tyler, Chair
    • Next Rules & Nominations Meeting Date:
      When: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.
      Where: George Holland’s House, 16992 Middle Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002

Platform Committee. Terry Stewart & Herbert Hooven, Co-Chairs

  • Next Platform Meeting Date:
    When: Monday, February 19, 2018.
       Sub-committee starts at 6:00 P.M. Full committee meets at 6:30 P.M.
    Where: Keystone AEA (same location, but different room than last time), 2310 Chaney Rd, Dubuque, IA 52001


Who’s Who of the County Convention

(Taken from the IDP Convention Guidebook)


Temporary Convention Chair – (appointed by the County Chair) The position of temporary Convention Chair opens the convention and presides over the convention until a permanent Chair is elected.
Permanent Convention Chair – (elected by the Convention) An effective Convention Chair moves the convention through the required processes smoothly, competently and has a basic awareness of parliamentary procedure. A Permanent Chair should remain neutral on the question of electing delegates by preference group or by the convention as a whole. If the Chair is an accredited Delegate, they can still vote on all motions.
Parliamentarian – (appointed by the Convention Chair)
The Parliamentarian serves as technical counsel to the Chair on parliamentary procedure. Normally the Chair appoints the Parliamentarian in order to assure they have a good working relationship. This person should understand the rules and procedures of the convention as well as Robert’s Rules of Order.
Secretary – (elected by the Convention)
The Secretary has the responsibility to make an accurate record of the decisions reached. It may be helpful to electronically record the proceedings.
Sergeants-At-Arms – (appointed by the Convention Chair)
A Sergeant-at-Arms may assist the Chair in maintaining order in the convention hall, especially in large conventions. One or more Sergeants-at-Arms may be appointed by the County Chair or the Temporary Convention Chair, or may be nominated by the Rules/Nominations Committee.


Arrangements Committee – This Committee has the responsibility of arranging appropriate facilities and equipment for the conducting of the County Convention (ensuring compliance with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act), causing the Convention Booklet to be created and made available to Delegates, and responding to Requests for Accommodation.
Credentials Committee – The Credentials Committee is responsible for ensuring that delegates and alternates are eligible to participate, and for the seating of delegates and alternates. Members of this Committee staff the registration tables. They also report on any disputed delegate and/or alternate subject to a vote of the convention delegation, pursuant to Article X of the Iowa Democratic Party Constitution. The Credentials Committee also prepares the envelopes for registration (as described in the following section) and provides each delegate with a “credential” which identifies the delegate to the Rules Committee as a person eligible to vote during the Convention.<//strong>
Rules and Nominations Committee – The Rules and Nominations committee drafts such rules and regulations as are necessary to conduct the business of the convention. Members of this committee also oversee elections on voting.
Platform Committee – The County Platform Committee reviews individual planks from the precinct caucuses and provides a Platform Committee Report for consideration by the convention delegation.
NOTE: These committees meet shortly after Caucuses to begin planning. The first order of business for each County Convention Committee shall be to elect a Committee Chair. The Platform Committee may elect topic and/or subcommittee chairs as needed.


District/State Convention Delegates – The County Convention delegation will elect Delegates to represent the county at the District and the State Convention. (The same delegates elected to the District Convention are also delegates to the State Convention.)
District/State Convention Alternates – The County Convention delegation will elect Alternates to represent the county at the District and the State Convention if a Delegate is unable to attend all or part of either convention. An Alternate who gets seated at the District Convention is still an Alternate to the State Convention.
County Affirmative Action Chair – This position shall promote the recruitment of new members into the county Democratic Party and encourage their full participation with particular concern toward those groups that have been historically under- represented within the Iowa Democratic Party.


Youth Delegates – These delegates are older than 13 but will not be 18 by Election Day and should be provided special programming that could include: Youth Platform development, election of Youth Delegates to the District/State Convention, and other activities designed by the county party.
Observers – Public observers are welcome to observe any proceedings of the County Convention as long as they do not disrupt or interfere with the Convention.