Democracy in Action

Join us this Saturday as we convene a District 10 convention to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Representative John Wilson on Saturday, August 12 at the Baldwin City Library, located at 800 7th Street in Baldwin City, at 9:30 am. The public is invited to observe. The deciding votes will be cast by 10 Democratic Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen currently representing the 10th District. A light reception for the candidates will immediately follow the convention.

During the proceedings candidates will be nominated to be placed on the ballot. Any registered Democrat living in District 10 and interested in running for the empty seat may declare their intention to run prior to the election by contacting the Douglas County Democratic Party at dcdkschair@gmail.com, and meet with the District 10 Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen, but it is not required. To date two people have expressed an interest in the position; Eileen Horn and Brandon Holland. The elected person will then be appointed by the Governor to represent District 10 in the Kansas House of Representatives.

District 10 includes parts of 16 precincts, yielding a potential for 36 Committee seats in the district; one committee woman and one committee man for each senate district having parts within its boundaries. “Precinct Committee People play an important role in the democratic process,” noted Curt Hall, Chair of the Douglas County Democratic party, “we need more people to fill the positions throughout the county so that we are poised to act when things like vacancies arise.” Precinct committee people are elected during primary partisan elections every two years. They may also be appointed by the county party chair.

Filling vacancies in district offices is merely one of several roles expected of elected precinct committee people. They also vote during local party reorganization, but more importantly, they are responsible for registering and contacting Democratic voters within their precinct and encouraging them to vote at election times.

Rep. Wilson resigned his seat in the Kansas legislature on Friday, July 28, citing the desire to focus more time on his family and career.