2018 Dubuque Democrats County Convention

2018 Dubuque Democrats County Convention

Dubuque Democrats County Convention will be:

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018.

  • Regular Registration: 9am – 10am
  • Late-arriving Registration: 10am – 11am
  • Call to order: 10am
  • Delegates are strongly encouraged to arrive prior to 10am.

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

Convention Suggested Donation: $30.00 for cash, check, and online payments through ActBlue (includes lunch). Pay at ActBlue now.

  • Delegates may prepay the $30.00 suggested donation by purchasing a ticket no later than 12:00pm Friday, 23 March, 2018. The ticket amount includes lunch.
  • Lunch consists of a Box lunch and an 8oz bottle of water. Half of the boxes will be turkey and half will be ham.
  • If you want a Vegetarian meal, please contact Walt Pregler at (563) 583-5855 or w.pregler@mchsi.com by noon Friday, 23 March. Your box will be labeled with your names.
  • Coffee will also be available. Soda pop is available for purchase from the vending machines.
  • Checks should be made payable to Dubuque County Democrats and mailed to:

    Dubuque County Democrats
    PO Box 686
    Dubuque, IA 52004-0686

Accessibility: The convention hall, rest rooms, and food service will be accessible on the ground level. Handicap parking stalls will be available near the conference center entrance. If you need additional accommodations, please contact the County Affirmative Action Chair, Judy Schmidt, at (563) 583-4419 or flowerlady47@yahoo.com.

Donations are always appreciated from any Democrat at any time. However, no Delegate’s right to vote shall be denied for inability to do so. There is no suggested donation for Guests and/or Youth Delegates, but they are asked at registration to pay $8 for lunch. 

Any person who feels they cannot afford the $30 donation can have it reduced or waived by contacting Sue Wilson in advance of the convention at (563) 582-7366 or wilsonsue@mchsi.com by noon Friday, 23 March. Your privacy on this matter will be respected. If you wish to pay in advance of the convention, please do so at ActBlue by noon Friday, 23 March.

Questions? Please email Steve Drahozal, County Chair dbqdemchair@gmail.com or call (563) 557-1007.

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.