Sunday, February 15, 2009

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Election

On Saturday, March 7, the AZ Dems' State Committee will meet (again! :) ) at the Wyndham Hotel in Phoenix to elect a new chair of the state party.

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; registration closes and the meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. (Meeting notice here)

Thus far, the only official candidate is former chair Don Bivens; Tedski at Rum, Romanism, Rebellion has Bivens' letter to state committee members here. At the end of the letter is a list of Democratic activists who support Bivens' candidacy.

However, there is a Draft Bob Lord movement afoot. Lord was the Dem candidate in CD3 who pushed incumbent Republican John Shadegg (R-Big Healthcare) into the fight of his political career. DBL has a website here. It's unclear if Lord himself is going to run, but if he does, it could be interesting. A number of Bivens' supporters lent their names to his efforts during a period when it seemed that Lord wasn't going to run. However, he has been positioning himself to make himself eligible to run (according to a comment from Zelph on this R-Cubed post, Lord is now a PC in LD11) so it could be an interesting meeting.

Or it could be a 20-minute rubberstamp/acclamation special, and all of the folks from the state's hinterlands who trek to downtown Phoenix for the 2nd time in six weeks will have a legitimate gripe about wasting another whole day for less than 1/2 of an hour's B.S.

Guess we'll have to wait and see...


katie said...

I don't believe being a PC alone would make him eligible to run. I'm pretty sure he would have to be a state committeeperson as well.

I received an email from the draft Lord people. It was anonymous. So is the blog. Doesn't sit well with me.

cpmaz said...

Katie -

I think you're correct, but I'm not absolutely certain. From Article III, Section 2 of the ADP by-laws -

"Any duly elected or appointed State Committeeperson may be eligible for any elective office ..."

The thing is, I couldn't find anything that specifically requires a candidate for Party office be a state committee member, just that members are eligible for office.

Either way, should be interesting.

I wasn't on the state committee a couple of years ago, so I have to ask - was Don Bivens a PC and state committee member when he was selected to finish out David Waid's term?

cpmaz said...

Should have researched more before replying to your comment...

Now I'm pretty sure you are correct.

ARS Title 16, Chapter 5, Article 2, section 16-826 requires that "The state committee shall meet...and organize by electing from its membership a chairman..."

While the by-laws are a little vague, that isn't - any candidate for chair has to be on the state committee.

Bit_of_Pi said...

Bob Lord was elected to the State Committee at the last meeting of LD 11 but the last I heard, the LD chair hadn't submitted his name yet.

cpmaz said...

Bit of Pi -

Thanks for the info.

I was under the impression that Lord became a PC, but hadn't heard that he was elected to the state committee.

The state comm meeting on March 7 should be interesting.