Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Maine Town Committee Caucus

Maine Municipal Caucus

Mainers (or Mainiacs) will elect town committees in all the counties at the caucuses scheduled between January 29, 2012 and February 11, 2012.

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power and it won't come around again for another two years.

For help in planning your path to a successful election, use the Precinct Committee Candidate Checklist. While the checklist is not specific to a single state, it covers all the things that you should prepare for.


Most importantly, you have to show up at the caucus.

You must reside within the town boundary.

You must be registered to vote (or 18 years old by the time of the caucus) and be registered with the party you at which you are caucusing. There are some rules about party switchers, so if you registered with a different party, you may be disqualified, because there are less than 15 days before most of the caucuses are held. There are also some rules about party-switching, so if you've changed your party affiliation within the last 90 days, you will not be able to change it again.

I challenge you. Do you have what it takes to actually accomplish something of lasting effect? Or will you use one of your pat excuses? I've heard them all. (See The Power Is There for the Taking.)

To learn how the caucus works so that you can get elected at the caucus, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference on January 26th (see below) to discuss strategy and to answer your questions.

What:Maine Town Committee Caucus Teleconference
When:Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm (Eastern)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Maine PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

How to Determine Your Caucus

  1. Go to the Maine G.O.P. 2012 Caucus Information and search (Ctrl-F in most browsers) for your county.
  2. Check if your town has its own caucus or it is being combined with a group towns outside the town. Small counties may consolidate all the town committee caucuses at a central location, or sometimes several locations within the county.
  3. For each caucus location, there will typically be a contact name, e-mail address, or phone number. Because the schedules are subject to change and weather situations, use that information to make sure things haven't changed.
  4. Write down the address and print a map if you need to.

Winning the Election

Winning an election at a caucus can be easy, but you should be prepared. Caucuses are notorious for manipulation by the people run the caucus. You can do it if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

After the Election

  1. Get a current copy of your state party executive committee by-laws and of your county party executive committee by-laws.
  2. Find out from the out-going county party executive committee when the organizational meeting is scheduled to elect new officers.
  3. Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective precinct committeeman.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a precinct committeeman, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

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