Join The DEC

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The easiest way to become a DEC member is to fill one of the empty precinct seats. (This is where you help us get Democrats in your voting precinct get out to vote and keep up to speed on what is going on in your area)

Inform the Chair, the Credentials Committee, or a member of the DEC of your interest, and you will be provided an application for membership. (Or fill out our online form here)  Simply fill out the application and return it along with a signed loyalty oath (We also have a notary at each monthly DEC meeting where you can fill out the oath if you fill out this online form). At the earliest DEC meeting, your application will be voted on by the existing members. Upon their approval, you will become a DEC member.

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Precinct Representatives: The core of the DEC membership consists of ordinary citizens who care about Democratic ideals and the Democratic Party. Each  voting precinct in Hillsborough County elects 2 male and 2 female representatives to the DEC. This election occurs during the primary in each Presidential election year. If there are vacancies, the Chair may make appointments to fill those seats. Precinct members serve for four years and their term expires immediately prior to the organizational meeting every four years.  This position is the most grassroots level and helps us connect to voters at the smallest organizational level, the precinct. It is very important to the election of Democrats.

At-Large Representatives: There are “at-large” appointments the DEC Chair can appoint. These members are subject to approval by the existing elected DEC membership. The goal is to ensure that there is accurate political, minority, and economic representation within the county. At-large terms are for one year only, and expire immediately prior to the organizational meeting every four years.

Democratic Elected Officials: All Democrats who are elected officials (other than judges) and who are elected countywide are automatic members. Also, Democratic elected officials from the municipalities may become members if they request that status, are nominated by the Chair, and are approved by the DEC membership.

Presidents of Democratic Clubs: These presidents of duly chartered Democratic clubs are automatic members of the DEC. The same is true for the presidents of Caucuses within Hillsborough County.

Democratic Party Officers: The officers of the Democratic Party at the county, state and national levels are “Special At-large members” of the DEC if they request, at any time after their election, to be granted this status.

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The strength of the DEC depends on the loyalty, dedication, and hard work of its members. Here are important ways you can contribute to the DEC and help build our Party.

  • Attend DEC meetings. This is where you learn what is going on, hear from important guest speakers and hear about what you can do to help us with our purpose of getting more Democrats into elected office.
  • Serve on Committees. This is where the work gets done in between meetings.
  • Volunteer. We need people to knock on doors, make phone calls, plan events, reach out and so much more. In addition we have volunteer outreach opportunities that bring our members out into the community to affect change and promote well-being.
  • Help Raise Funds.
  • Join or Start a Democratic Club or Caucus. Clubs and caucuses enable Democrats to help further the goals of the Party on a local level. There are numerous clubs and caucuses in the County, organized by geographic area and affinity groups.
  • Get to Know Your Fellow DEC Members. Getting to know each other helps us work together to move the Democratic Agenda forward.
  • Read and Know the Bylaws. These are the governing rules of the DEC, some of which are summarized in this memo. You should obtain a copy, found on our website, if you do not already have one. Every member should be familiar with the Bylaws.

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