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Proposal ID46
ProposalBylaws Interpretation regarding SGA discussion period length for Lt Governor endorsement
PresenterCoordinating Committee
Floor ManagerMike Feinstein
Discussion02/18/2014 - 02/27/2014
Voting02/28/2014 - 03/06/2014
Presens Quorum14 0.5001
Consens Quorum26 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


The GPCA has thus far endorsed candidates for four statewide offices for the June 2014 primary, and in its bylaws interpretation that established the first-time ever process for endorsing in a Top Two primary, provided that endorsements could continue to be made during the primary season (http://www.cagreens.org/ga/2013-11/bylaws-interpretation-primary-statewide-endorsement-procedure.)

Under GPCA bylaws, the SGA makes endorsements and the standard discussion period is six weeks. However, under the aforementioned bylaws interpretation, the GPCA provided that candidates could be added during the six week discussion period that was already underway from Tuesday. October 8 through Sunday, November 17, for endorsements for four of the seven statewide offices, if additional candidates declared during that period, all the way up to November 8th. This suggests that there may be a valid reason for a reduced discussion period in order to meet various election schedules and deadlines.

The next deadline is Friday, March 7, where candidates must file their papers and pay their filing fee (or produce enough signatures-in-lieu) to qualify for the ballot.

Solano County Green and former Napa Valley College Associated Students president Jena Goodman has recently taken out papers for Lt. Governor and indicated her intent to seek the Green Party endorsement. She will likely need to pay most of the filing fee, because of her late start to gather signatures-in-lieu, with the deadline for them on February 20th. If she is going to make the commitment and spend that kind of money, she would like to know if she has the endorsement of the party. Additionally, if she is endorsed by the GPCA, she can seek support from the GPCA Campaign Support Fund. Finally, it is to the GPCA's advantage to come out of the filing period with a clear endorsed slate for the remainder of the primary election campaign.


Whereas it is in the interest of the GPCA to have a clear endorsed slate of candidates after the close of the filing period, and

Whereas there has been a request for endorsement submitted by a Green Party member for Lt. Governor, a position the GPCA has not made an endorsement for, and

Whereas the normal Standing General Assembly discussion period for candidate endorsements and all decisions is six weeks, but the bylaw interpretation enacted by the GPCA to establish the GPCA's first time Top Two primary election endorsement procedure provided for a period shorter than that, when the party was seeking to make endorsements before the opening of the filing period on December 29th, 2013;

Whereas the close of the filing period is Friday, March 7;

Therefore the GPCA finds that it is appropriate for a discussion period for endorsement of said candidate for Lt. Governor of Tuesday, February 18 through Thursday, February 27, and a voting period of Friday, February 28 through Thursday, March 6.





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