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Article I: Name
- The Electoral Politics Working Group, hereafter EPWG,
- which would report to the Madison Area Democratic Socialists of America (MADSA) chapter.
Article II: Scope
- The EPWG will fulfill the following objectives:
- Understand the terrain of political and electoral power at the city, county, state, and federal level in Wisconsin,
- Develop a policy platform that confronts salient obstacles to working class power and provides clear material benefits to working class people,
- Support and propel openly socialist candidates into public office through sustainable, issue-focused, movement politics,
- Build the organizational capacity, leadership ability, and membership engagement of MADSA.
- Using these initial strategies:
- Mapping local power structures to identify specific issues and elections where DSA’s resources can most effectively impact and alter power arrangements in favor of working people,
- Building chapter expertise in local government function and socialist policy,
- Establishing criteria and processes for identification and endorsement of political candidates by the MADSA chapter,
- Developing independent electoral organization — including field/canvassing operation, campaign leadership, and voter data specific to MADSA and MADSA- endorsed candidates,
- Establishing political coalitions with other allied organizations;
- To last until the above objectives are met.
Article III: Membership and Leadership
- Participation is open to all MADSA members.
- EPWG will be governed by the bylaws of MADSA, which describe in detail the operation and leadership selection of Working Groups.
- Members of MADSA who have filed their candidacy for elected public office shall be excluded from certain EPWG activities.
- Any member of MADSA who has filed their candidacy for elected public office or is a campaign affiliate may not participate in the candidate interview and research process conducted by the EPWG.
- Participation is here defined as meetings, email exchanges, ad hoc discussions, and other activities as needed.
Article IV: Electoral Endorsements
- In order for an electoral candidate to receive a MADSA endorsement, they must secure a majority “aye” vote by members at a General Meeting (GM) at which quorum is met.
- EPWG will conduct a process to interview and research candidates who are seeking this endorsement. EPWG will produce endorsement recommendations for MADSA membership as a product of the following interview and research process:
- Candidates seeking an EPWG endorsement recommendation of their campaign must be interviewed by a panel of MADSA members. The interview panel will be organized by EPWG.
- Notes from the interview will be used during discussions by EPWG, which shall vote to approve a candidate recommendation for MADSA membership by a majority vote.
- In order to finalize a recommendation from EWPG after the vote, the candidate must then agree to one of the following:
- Attend a GM and address questions from members.
- Make a recording addressing questions from members. This recording may be presented during a GM.
- These recommendations will be presented during a GM prior to the general election for a candidate’s office.
- Candidates who are members of MADSA in good standing may receive a MADSA endorsement through one of two processes:
- They may participate in the candidate interview process conducted by EPWG described in §IV.2.
- They may bypass the interview process and directly introduce a motion during a GM to endorse their candidacy for office.
Article V: Finances
- No special allotment of funds other than for meeting space and incidental expenses such as printing are anticipated.