Candidate Forum and Platform Adoption

For our March general meeting, DGR is planning to hold a Riverside City Council candidate forum so that members can hear from candidates directly and vote on endorsing Democratic candidates for the various City Council Wards. If you wish to make a vote for endorsement, we encourage you to attend this event. 

social hour ill begin at 6 p.m., the Forum will begin at 6:50 p.m. with the first speaker set to take the stage at 7 p.m. Each candidate will speak once and will be allotted 5 minutes for a speech, 10 minutes for a Q & A session, and then a one-minute closing statement. The forum will be moderated by Bob Melsh. 

The questions will be drawn from DGR members on index cards during the social hour before the forum begins and will be selected by the DGR Officers. Once selected, the same question will be asked of each candidate for a specific ward.

The speaking order is set alphabetically and is:

Ward 2: Nicolas Cast, Jon Harris, Andy Melendrez. 

Ward 6: Rafael Elizalde, Jim Perry.

There will be a short break between the two Wards.

After the speakers have finished, DGR will take a vote among members on which candidate to endorse or whether no endorsement should be made.

Please feel free to promote this event. This Candidate Forum is open to all registered Democrats, but only DGR members can vote on candidate endorsement, and we request non-members refrain from voting. To become a member of DGR, please see our membership page at riversidedemocrats.org/join for requirements. Membership applications will also be available during the social hour.

In addition to the Candidate Forum, DGR will be considering adopting local policy platform.

The current platform proposal can be found online at:  http://riversidedemocrats.org/platform/

Event Schedule:

6:00: Social hour
6:50: Opening remarks
7:00: Nicolas Cast
7:17: Jon Harris
7:34: Andy Melendrez
7:51: Short break
8:00: Rafael Elizalde
8:17: Jim Perry
8:34: Endorsement vote
8:50: Closing remarks

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DGR Executive Board Meeting

Executive Board meetings of the Democrats of Greater Riverside are open to all paid members. These meetings are for planning the General Meetings of the DGR and to find ways to support local Democratic candidates and Policies. 

E-Board meetings on the first Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., in the Hacienda Room of the Mexicali Bar & Grill and will follow parliamentary procedure.

AGENDA – BOARD MEETING 

March  7, 2017 
Hacienda Room (Small Meeting Room) 
Mexicali Bar and Grill 
1690 Spruce Street, Riverside, CA 92507 

7:00 pm

 
1. President’s Welcome 
2. Pledge of Allegiance 
3. Quorum Established 
4. Approval of Agenda 
5. Reading and approval of minutes 
6. President’s Report 
7. Vice President’s Report 
8. Secretary’s report 
9. Treasurer’s Report 
10. Committee Reports 
  a. Finance 
  b. Membership 
  c. Elections 
  d. Policy and Research
  e. Communications 
  f. Rules 
12. New Business
  a. Candidate Forum – Voting procedure and finalize format
  b. Platform – See http://riversidedemocrats.org/about-us-2/platform/
  c. April General Meeting
  d. Tamale festival and other events
  e. New shirts
  f. Sign Bylaws
  g. Open Floor
13. Announcements – written if possible
14. Adjournment

Candidate Forum and Platform Adoption

For our March general meeting, DGR is planning to hold a Riverside City Council candidate forum on in order for members to hear from candidates directly and vote on endorsing Democratic candidates for the various City Council Wards. If you wish to make a vote for endorsement, we encourage you to attend this event. 

The Candidate Forum is roughly planned to include each candidate from a Ward giving a short speech followed by questions from the membership. We will then take a vote as a club, and then we will announce our recommendations the following day. We will have the exact format finalized by March 8th and the forum is going to be moderated by Bob Melsh. 

Current candidates attending include:

Ward 6: Jim Perry: Confirmed, Rafael Elizalde Jr.: Confirmed.

Ward 2: Andy Melendrez: Confirmed, Nicolas Cast: Confirmed, Jon Harris: Confirmed, Lance Sayavong: No response.

Ward 4: No Democratic candidates.

More to be announced!

In addition to the Candidate Forum, DGR will also be considering adopting local policy platform.

Current platform proposals can be found online at:  http://riversidedemocrats.org/platform/

If you have issues you think should be included in the platform, please send platform position requests to RiversideDemocrats.92501@gmail.com