Dear Members of the Democratic Party of Evanston,

Please be advised that on Saturday, July 31, at 4 p.m., in accordance with the bylaws of the Democratic Party of  Evanston, the annual meeting of the membership will be held (outdoor, in person event; address disclosed after RSVP).

Join us for an opportunity to finally come together, celebrate Democratic Party wins over the last nine months, and vote on the following agenda. The event speaker is still to be announced. All attendees must be fully vaccinated or masked, per current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
In order to attend:

1. You must be a current member of the DPOE. [If you voted in our 2021 Municipal Endorsement Session, or purchased a membership in the last 11 months, you are currently a member. Contact us here if you want verification ]. If you are not a member or your membership has lapsed, please renew your membership here before the event.

2. Please RSVP for the event Invite a friend to join you and help grow the DPOE!

DPOE BOARD NOMINEES
Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown is the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs at the Safer Foundation (Safer) where he manages a team of experts developing criminal justice public policy and legislative reforms for people impacted by the criminal legal system.  Prior to his role at Safer, he served for eight years as the Youth and Young Adult Division manager at the City of Evanston. In Evanston, Brown helped build a coalition of community based agencies, school districts, nonprofits and private businesses to implement a citywide violence reduction initiative that led to a 200%+ decrease in violence, theft, and drug related arrests for 16 to 24-year olds between 2012 to 2018. Brown received his Juris Doctorate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Arts in Theology from Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University. He is an Executive Board member of the Evanston/Northshore National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and volunteers across the Chicagoland area supporting a wide variety of social justice initiatives and organizations.

Sebastian Nalls

Sebastian Nalls is a senior at Purdue University, double majoring in Accounting and Political Science, with a minor in Sociology. He concluded his run for mayor of Evanston in February of 2021 and has since become a community activist working on many issues that impact the larger community, such as early childcare access, youth and young adult development, and transitional programs. He says that Evanston and its community helped shape him into the man he is today, and he looks forward to giving back in any way possible

BOARD MEMBERS TO BE RENEWED 
Rachel Ruttenberg
Greg Andrus
Christian Sorensen
 
OFFICER NOMINEES 
Greg Andrus, Vice President and Nominating Committee Chair
Dan Jordan, Treasurer
Doug Nickels, Secretary

BY-LAW AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON

ARTICLE V: COMMITTEES

Standing committees and their responsibilities are stated below. “Other Committees” are considered ad hoc committees with a specific start and end time. Each committee shall be headed by an appointed chair, except the Nominations Committee, whose chair shall be elected by the Membership at the Annual Meeting. Members of committees shall include Board members and other DPOE members.

Executive Committee. This committee shall consist of the Committeeperson, Deputy Committeeperson, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The duties of the Executive Committee shall be to:
Advise the Committeeperson/Deputy Committeeperson regarding his/her duties until the Board of Directors is able to meet.

Meet on the call of the President, the Committeeperson or any other two members of the Executive Committee to vet an issue needing Board action between Board meetings. The Executive Committee shall adopt a recommended action by majority vote and shall forward its recommendation to the full Board, which may then vote electronically. 

Communications Committee. This committee informs membership and the general public the media of DPOE activities events, positions, and statements; coordinates activities to advertise Party events to the Membership and the general public; writes, publishes and distributes the organization’s newsletter; and oversees the maintenance of the web site and social media of the organization.

Finance and Development Committee. This committee recommends the organization’s budget to be approved by the Board of Directors, and conducts fundraising activities.

Issues Committee. The committee plans for and coordinates voter education events on specific issues approved by the Board. The committee makes recommendations to the Board regarding changes to the Policy on Endorsement of Positions on issues.

Membership Committee. This committee recommends to the Board of Directors periodic updates to the membership policy including the dues structure. It also plans and coordinates activities for the recruitment of new members and renewal by current members and maintains membership records.

Nominations Committee. This committee nominates Officers and Members of the Board of Directors.

Political Committee. This committee recommends to the Board of Directors periodic updates to the endorsement policy and plans and coordinates endorsement meetings. It also plans, oversees, coordinates and implements DPOE political activities, including voter registration, voter turnout and other related activities.
Data and Technology Committee. This committee oversees management and integrity of DPOE voter, volunteer and member data to support the Political, Membership and Development and Finance Committees. This committee recommends to the Board policies or tools needed to protect data and to enhance the functionality and effectiveness of the organization. This committee also oversees a cadre of data volunteers and controls who is authorized to access data.

Other Committees. The Board of Directors may create these committees from time to time for specific purposes, such as organizing political activities, planning educational events, and executing operational functions on behalf of DPOE.

We look forward to seeing you in person July 31!