Washoe County Republican Party
We the people of the Nevada Republican Party affirm that this Nation and this State were founded upon the principle that all people are created equal; that the powers of government as outlined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are derived from the people for the purpose of protecting the people’s God-given right to be free and to choose their own pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness; without regard to race, gender, religion, country of origin, or sexual orientation.
We invite those who agree with the principles and platforms stated herein to join with our efforts so that this nation will continue to be “The last best hope of earth;” and, so that this nation will return to the principle that we are a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Washoe County has issues that can only be resolved by the people, We the People. This shortlist of goals should form the basis or our actions leading up to the 2018 election:
•Reno City Council – we must strive to elect leaders who are funded by us and who support the wishes of the constituents and not those of land developers, unions, and corporations. The Reno City Council has a voting record 99.3% of the time being unanimous on the issues placed before them. This is not representative of the varied interests of the constituents of the 5 wards who placed them in office. Nearly all the current occupants of the City Council are backed by civil servant labor unions. Why?
• The Washoe County Commission must be comprised of commissioners who properly consider, fight for, and vote for issues that benefit their constituents and not the unions, developers, and large interests who pull their strings.
• The School Board is the most important entity in our society today, more so than ever before. Most of the candidates for the School Board have the local control of our schools in their hands. Today, with 62,000 children in Washoe schools, there are 9843 administrators. Those 9843 civil servants include nearly 22% of whom are making $80K+ with pay and benefits. That includes nearly 700 administrators who receive $100K or more with pay and benefits. So top-heavy with administrators is the Washoe County School District that it is in a constant state of deficit and basic supplies needed in the classroom are not able to be provided. Don’t we need better representation on the School Board?
•improve competition in the health insurance marketplace to reduce the burden of excessive premiums.
These statistics can be found at www.transparentnevada.com.
Most of these positions, while non-partisan, are filled with left-thinking individuals who only want to throw more money at a problem, rather than getting at the root of the problem and seeking a fiscally conservative way to solve it. We need Republicans in office who look at issues differently.
We need to MAKE WASHOE COUNTY RED AGAIN!
2018 WASHOE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM
Adopted April 7, 2018
• We strongly support the Constitution of the United States of America and the principles of limited and balanced government upon which it was created. We believe in the rule of law, enforced without bias while respecting religious freedom and expect our elected leaders to do the same.
• We support limited government, lower taxes, less-burdensome regulation, and more individual responsibility.
• We believe our country is a symbol of freedom, opportunity, and prosperity to the world; we must protect it and honor those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces. We support an open and transparent Veterans administration subject to effective oversight and audit, that ensures veterans and their families receive the care, benefits, and support that they rightfully deserve.
• We support a fair and balanced budget at all levels of government, oppose wasteful spending, and object to unfunded mandates.
• We support free and honest economic markets that are necessary to support sustainable growth for businesses and jobs, strengthen the middle class, and create the opportunity for lower-income individuals to climb the economic ladder.
• We believe competition in the private sector will provide the highest quality healthcare for the lowest cost. The State of Nevada needs to take action to improve competition in the health insurance marketplace to reduce the burden of excessive premiums.
• We support an increased level of government transparency that improves access to processes and records to prevent fraud and abuse.
• We promote restoration of our fundamental human right to self-defense and national reciprocity among states regarding concealed carry laws.
• We welcome legal immigrants from all nations, cultures, and races who support the principles of freedom found in the Declaration of Independence. We expect enforcement of federal immigration laws by all levels of government and law enforcement agencies. We oppose any so-called sanctuary cities or counties in Nevada.
• We affirm the sanctity of innocent human life and the inherent dignity of each human being from conception to natural death.
• We believe education is a state and local issue best directed by parents, choice, and free markets.
• We support the integrity of our elections by requiring a government-issued photo ID and the elimination of financial obstacles that preclude low-income citizens from obtaining these IDs.
• We support greater coordination for planning and development between city and county governments for better growth management, particularly as it relates to traffic issues and flood control.
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WASHOE COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE BYLAWS (2018)
Washoe County Republican
Central Committee Bylaws
Revision Dated September 27, 2018
The name of this organization is the Washoe County Republican Central Committee, hereafter referred to as the “WCRCC”.
Section 1. The guiding philosophy of the WCRCC is the promotion of sound, honest, conservative government that upholds the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Nevada. We stand for lower taxes, smaller government, personal responsibility, and strong national defense.
A. To provide leadership and manage the affairs of the Republican Party in Washoe County;
B. To elect Republican candidates at all levels of government, including in non-partisan races, by:
1) Building and maintaining an active party organization;
2) Recruiting and supporting strong, qualified candidates;
3) Raising adequate funds to accomplish the objectives of the WCRCC;
4) Maintaining solid precinct organization to assist in voter registration drives;
5) Encouraging Republican Party members to vote.
C. To inform Republican Party members and the general electorate on Republican philosophy, issues, candidates and officeholders through political education and activities;
D. To keep the public informed concerning affairs of the Republican Party;
E. To promote and encourage participation by all Republicans in party activities;
F. To foster loyalty to the Republican Party and promotion of the party’s ideals;
G. To actively recruit new Republicans.
Precinct entitled membership shall be established by reference to the Washoe County registrar’s registered voters’ list of the first Monday of January of each election year. It shall not be changed until the membership for the next County Convention year’s precinct meeting is determined.
A. Shall be nominated at the precinct meetings and elected at the County Convention.
1) Each voting precinct may have as many WCRCC members as that precinct is authorized delegates to the County Convention;
2) Each voting precinct is entitled to at least one WCRCC member.
3) After the election at the County Convention, shall serve for a period of two years and until their successors have been elected;
B. The following shall also be full voting members of the WCRCC
with the right to vote.
1) The elected and appointed officers of the WCRCC;
2) The immediate past WCRCC Chairman, if not removed from office by the WCRCC;
3) The current president of official clubs recognized by the WCRCC
4) Members of the Republican National Committee residing in Washoe County;
5) Elected officers of the State Central Committee who reside in Washoe County;
6) Members of the Nevada State Legislature representing Washoe County;
7) Nevada State Constitutional Officers residing in Washoe County;
8) Current President of the Nevada Federation of Republican Women provided she resides in Washoe County.
A. Must be a registered Republican voter in Washoe County, Nevada;
B. Must keep the Secretary advised of his/her correct address (both physical and mailing), email address and telephone numbers;
C. Must be responsible for being familiar with these Bylaws;
D. May actively and/or openly support any candidate who most closely aligns with our core values for any partisan or non-partisan office, provided there is no candidate registered as a Republican seeking the same partisan or non-partisan office;
E. Shall sign the attendance record at each meeting.
A. Members may resign from the WCRCC by notifying the Chairman of the WCRCC in writing or by email. Resignations are effective as of the date specified in the letter of resignation. If no date is specified, the resignation becomes effective the date it is received by the Chairman of the WCRCC.
B. The Executive Committee may consider the removal of a member of the WCRCC after written or email notification to the member for the following reasons:
1) The member’s failure to appear in person at three consecutive regular WCRCC meetings without notifying the WCRCC Secretary of his/her absence by email or telephone;
2) The member’s failure to support and adhere to the general purposes and specific objectives of the Central Committee as provided in Article II;
3) The member’s violation of Article III, Section 3.D;
4) Residence outside of Washoe County;
5) Other good cause as found by the Executive Committee.
C. The Executive Committee may present its recommendation at the next regular meeting of the WCRCC, at which time the WCRCC must take appropriate action in accordance with Nevada Revised Statutes (N.R.S.), Chapter 293.
D. Vacancies in WCRCC membership may be filled between County Conventions by;
1) Approving the election of a qualified Republican elector physically residing in the precinct for which the vacancy exists;
2) A person must satisfy the requirements of Article III, Section 1 of these Bylaws in order to be elected to fill a vacancy in the WCRCC;
3) Any person elected pursuant to this paragraph serves until the next County Convention and his/her successor has been elected;
4) Applicants for membership must be present at the meeting when nominated and present at the next meeting for their election unless they have notified the Secretary of the WCRCC of their absence by telephone or email.
A. The elected officers of the WCRCC are the Chairman, First Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. They must reside in Washoe County and be registered Republicans.
B. Officers must be elected by the members of the WCRCC at the regular meeting in April of odd-numbered years and shall take office on May 1 of the year in which they are elected;
C. Officers serve for a period of two years. They are eligible for reelection to their positions.
D. None of the officers of the WCRCC shall receive payment for their services.
E. Vacancies in any elected office must be filled by special election of the WCRCC at the next regular or special meeting of the WCRCC, and the newly elected officer(s) will take office immediately. Notice of election shall be included in the call to the meeting. Any member elected to a WCRCC office pursuant to this paragraph serves the remainder of the term of the officer the member replaces.
F. Term of service of the appointed Vice Chairmen, Standing Committee Chairmen and Directors, and all paid personnel shall expire when a new Chairman takes office.
G. Any elected officer of the WCRCC may be removed from office at any time for whatever cause the WCRCC may deem sufficient. A properly noticed meeting for this purpose shall be called, and a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present of the WCRCC eligible to vote shall be taken.
H. Officers of the WCRCC have general charge of the affairs of the Republican Party in Washoe County and have the powers usually exercised by these officers, subject to the election laws of the State of Nevada and the Nevada Republican Central Committee Bylaws.
A. The Chairman shall:
1) Serve as chief executive officer of the WCRCC;
2) Preside at all meetings of the WCRCC and the Executive Committee;
3) Choose to appoint, with approval of the Executive Committee, the Chairmen and Directors of Standing Committees and any Special Committees as needed;
4) Choose to appoint, with approval of the Executive Committee, a Parliamentarian;
5) Implement policies established in conjunction with the Executive Committee for management of the WCRCC;
6) Appoint not more than two Vice-Chairmen. One of the appointed Vice Chairmen shall be registered to vote in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay area of Washoe County unless either the Chairman or elected First Vice Chairman are registered to vote in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay area;
7) Represent the WCRCC on the State Central Committee, at other functions, and in any other capacity as may be required by virtue of the Chair’s position;
8) Call the County Convention to order for the purpose of electing a temporary chairman of the Convention.
B. The First Vice-Chairman shall:
1) In the absence of the Chairman, the First Vice-Chairman shall assume the duties of the Chairman;
2) In the event that the office of Chairman is vacated, the First Vice-Chairman shall serve as acting Chairman until a new Chairman is elected in accordance with these Bylaws, at the next meeting of the WCRCC;
3) Represent the WCRCC on the State Central Committee, at other functions, and in any other capacity as may be required by virtue of the Vice Chair’s position.
C. The Secretary shall:
1) Notify all members of the WCRCC, via postal mail, email or telephone, of meeting times and locations, unless the responsibility is assigned by the Chair to someone else;
2) Take attendance at each WCRCC meeting for the purposes of determining that a quorum is present to conduct business;
3) Keep meeting attendance records;
4) Keep accurate minutes of WCRCC and Executive Committee meetings;
5) Keep a current record of names, addresses (physical and mailing), telephone numbers and emails of WCRCC members including precinct;
6) Be custodian of all records of the WCRCC and its Standing or Special Committees;
7) Prepare regular correspondence for the WCRCC as needed;
8) Perform all other duties assigned by the Chairman.
D. The Treasurer shall:
1) Receive and have custody of all monies and financial records of the WCRCC and keep an accurate record of all monies received and disbursed as authorized by the WCRCC or Executive Committee;
2) Maintain an account for the WCRCC in a bank approved by the Executive Committee;
3) Serve as a member of the Budget and Fundraising Committees;
4) Expend funds budgeted or approved by the Executive Committee;
5) Report at each WCRCC meeting and make a full and complete report at the County Convention;
6) Make an accounting of the funds on deposit, revenues and expenditures of the CRCC available to the Executive Committee at all times;
7) Submit all books of account, vouchers, and receipts for audit, biennially, immediately prior to the expiration of each term of office;
8) Be informed of and comply with all federal, state and local statutes and regulations regarding the collection, management, disbursement and reporting of political
9) Pay for budgeted expenditures consistent with the Budget and Expenditure Approval Policy. In the absence of the Treasurer, other elected officers of the WCRCC may approve and pay for budgeted items consistent with the policies and procedures approved by the Executive Committee.
E. The duties of the appointed Vice Chairmen include all those assigned by the Chairman. This may include oversight of assigned Standing and Special Committees.
1) In the absence of the Chairman and the First Vice-Chairman, the Second Vice-Chairman shall assume duties of the Chairman. In the absence of the First and Second Vice-Chairmen, the Third Vice-Chairman shall assume the duties of the Chairman.
2) In the event that the office of the Chairman is vacated, and if the First Vice-Chairman is unable or unwilling to assume the duties of Chairman, the following order of officers shall succeed to the Chairmanship: Second Vice Chairman, Third Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.
between its regular meetings and Convention. They shall meet on the second Thursday of each month unless changed by the Executive Committee or the Chairman;
A. Its voting membership shall include:
1) The four (4) elected officers of the WCRCC;
2) The immediate past Chairman of the WCRCC, if not removed from office by the WCRCC;
3) Ten (10) members-at-large elected by the WCRCC, as provided in Article V Section 2 A;
4) The current President of the Nevada Federation of Republican Women, provided she resides in Washoe County;
5) No proxies shall be allowed.
B. Thirty-three percent of the voting members listed above shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business;
C. Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called by:
1) The Chairman, upon at least 48-hour notice to each member;
2) Fifty-one percent (51%) of the members of the Executive Committee by giving notice to the Chairman in writing or by email, who shall call the meeting to be held within 14 days of the date of said notice.
D. The approval of the Executive Committee is required for the appointment and/or removal of Standing Committee and Special Committee Chairmen and Directors, and the County Parliamentarian;
E. The respective officer of the WCRCC is responsible for drafting policies relevant to his or her responsibilities. Once drafted, the policies will be discussed and, if accepted, approved by the Executive Committee of the WCRCC. 10
F. The Executive Committee shall report its activities and recommendations to the WCRCC at its meeting;
G. Unexcused absences from three (3) consecutive meetings or six (6) in any calendar year, by any member, will cause removal from the WCRCC Executive Committee unless they have notified the Chairman or Secretary of their absence by telephone or email;
H. Residence outside of Washoe County shall cause automatic removal from the WCRCC Executive Committee.
A. Election, the term of office:
1) For five (5) of the ten (10) At-Large positions, candidates shall be self-nominated or nominated by a member of the WCRCC. From the pool of such nominees, the WCRCC shall vote and select five (5) who broadly represent the membership of the WCRCC.
2) Five (5) of the ten (10) At-Large positions shall be nominated by the recognized Washoe County Republican clubs, as defined at Article V Section 2 B. Each recognized club may nominate one person. Nominees shall be members of the WCRCC. From the pool of such nominees, the WCRCC shall vote and elect five (5).
3) The At-Large Members are elected by the members of the WCRCC for a term of two (2) years at the regular meeting in April of even-numbered years and shall take office on May 1 of the year in which they are elected.
B. Recognized Washoe County Republican Clubs must:
1) Be open to all registered Republicans without discrimination
2) Be operated under their own bylaws;
3) Operate in Washoe County;
4) Maintain a minimum of ten registered Republicans as members;
5) If new, be approved by the WCRCC Executive Committee with a two-thirds (2/3) vote and ratified by the WCRCC at the next scheduled general meeting;
6) Be re-affirmed by the Executive Committee as meeting these requirements in January of the year of a Washoe County Republican Convention; and if found deficient, will have one (1) month to remedy the deficiency or will lose club status.
The committee must be filled by the WCRCC in accordance with Article IV, Section1.E.
A. Shall be held four (4) times per calendar year unless otherwise ordered by the WCRCC or Executive Committee.
1) The Chairman, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee, shall establish the meeting dates for two years, within 30 days of assuming office;
2) The Secretary will notify all WCRCC members of meeting dates, times, and locations at least 14 days prior to the meeting.
B. Each voting member of the WCRCC has one (1) vote.
C. All WCRCC meetings shall be open to the public. Nonmembers may be granted the courtesy of speaking at the discretion of the Chair.
D. Ten percent of the membership of the WCRCC shall constitute a quorum to transact business. No business shall be transacted in the name of the WCRCC unless a physical quorum is present. The use of proxies is prohibited.
E. Minutes shall be open to the inspection of each member and will be available at the WCRCC
Headquarters. It is mandatory that all actions, fiscal and policy, be reported to the WCRCC.
A. By a motion passed at a regular meeting;
B. On a call of ten (10) percent of the WCRCC membership;
C. On call of the Chairman by notice to each member at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.
A. Precinct meetings for all registered Republican voters in Washoe County are the responsibility of the WCRCC. These precinct meetings must be called and conducted in accordance with NRS Chapter 293.
B. All registered Republican voters residing within that precinct are entitled to attend and participate in precinct meetings; 12
C. The purposes of the precinct meetings are to nominate members to the WCRCC, elect delegates to the County Convention, and make recommendations for the County platform;
D. Persons nominated by their respective precinct meetings to serve as members of the WCRCC for the ensuing two years shall be certified and elected at the Washoe County Convention;
E. Each County Convention is empowered to fill such positions on the WCRCC any nominations left unfilled by the precinct meetings, in accordance with these Bylaws.
A. Any and all delegates to the Convention must be duly elected at the precinct meetings directly preceding the Convention, and appointed prior to the commencement of the Convention in accordance with N.R.S. Chapter 293;
B. Any registered Republican residing in Washoe County is entitled to attend this convention. However, only delegates elected at their precinct meeting are eligible to vote;
C. Each precinct:
1) Is entitled to one delegate for each 50 registered Republican voters or major fraction thereof resident in that precinct as of the first Monday of January of each election year; the number of registered voters is as provided by the County Registrar of Voters;
2) Is entitled to have at least one WCRCC member.
The Chairman, with the approval of the Executive Committee, may appoint temporary officers to the Convention. No temporary officers may be appointed unless elected as a delegate at the precinct meeting directly preceding the convention, in accordance with N.R.S. Chapter 293, with the exception of the Chairman of the Convention.
A. Elect delegates to the Nevada Republican State Convention;
B. Adopt a County platform;
C. Elect the County Central Committee;
D. Take such other action pertaining to the affairs of the County as may be deemed proper and which remain consistent with its Bylaws and Title 24 of the Nevada Revised Statutes.
A. On or before the 90th day preceding the County Convention, the Chairman, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall appoint Convention Committees whose term shall expire simultaneously with the adjournment of the County Convention. The Chairman shall name Chairmen to the following committees:
4) Standing Rules;
6) Convention Arrangements;
B. The Chairman and the Executive Committee may reserve the right at the initial time of appointment to name each specific member of a committee. In the absence of such selection, each Committee Chairman shall be free to select members of the committee.
A. The County Convention for all registered Republican voters in Washoe County is the responsibility of the WCRCC to call at a time and date set by Nevada Republican State Central Committee, to be held each year in which a general election is held;
B. The notice for the County Convention must be given in compliance with N.R.S., Chapter 293.
A. All Committee Chairmen and Directors appointed by the WCRCC Chair shall be members of the WCRCC. Any Committee business should be brought before the appropriate Committee prior to being brought to the Executive Committee. Standing Committee Chairs and Directors may form sub-committees at their discretion.
B. Budget – The Budget Director:
1) Prepares – a proposed annual budget for the following fiscal year for approval in January of each year;
2) Prepares records to support an annual review and a biennial audit and establishes policies and procedures for the collection and accounting of monies at events.
3) The Treasurer shall be a member of this Committee.
C. Fundraising – The Fundraising Director:
1) Oversees all fundraising activities of the WCRCC including the Century Club and Lincoln Day Dinner events.
2) The Treasurer shall be a member of this Committee;
D. Field Operations – The Director of Field Operations:
1) Will provide the WCRCC with a structure through which to reach individuals within Washoe County and to conduct training of Precinct Captains;
2) Will direct voter registration, campaign volunteers and get out the vote activities;
3) Will work to ensure that every voter in the Precinct Captain’s precinct gets to the polls on Election Day;
4) Is responsible for monitoring and making arrangements for voter registration at events throughout Washoe County.
E. Communications – The Director of Communications:
1) Coordinates all publicity activities not limited to advertising, press releases, and media contacts;
2) Is responsible for all external and internal communications of the WCRCC and the Executive Committee of the WCRCC;
3) Is responsible for all non-fundraising events of the WCRCC (except for the caucuses and conventions, which are addressed in the NRS and these Bylaws, Article VII);
4) Serves as liaison with various minority groups throughout Washoe County.
F. Political Affairs – The Director of Political Affairs:
1) Liaises with the Nevada Republican Party in reviewing all BDRs and Bills introduced in the Nevada State Legislature and forward information to the WCRCC Executive Committee on any bills that may positively or adversely affect Nevada Republicans;
2) Reports to the WCRCC the status of legislation in the US Senate and/or House and Nevada Legislature that will strongly affect Nevada Republicans;
3) Serve as a member of the Fundraising and the Candidate Recruitment Standing Committees;
4) Assists the Chairman as an additional contact person with elected officials, candidates, and other political and policy organization;
5) Is responsible for the recruitment and development of candidates for County and Statewide political offices.
G. Bylaws – The Chair of Bylaws:
1) Reviews and proposes recommended changes and amendments as needed to remain in compliance with the NRCC Bylaws, the Nevada Revised Statutes and the Republican National Committee
H. Information Technology (IT) – The Chair of Information Technology:
1) Maintains the office computers, computer programs, and provides tech support.
NEVADA REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE
A. The WCRCC shall elect representatives to the Nevada Republican Central Committee at the April meeting in even-numbered years. All nominees shall be members of the WCRCC;
B. The Chairman and First Vice-Chairman shall be representatives;
C. The number of representatives to the NRCC shall be determined on the basis of one additional representative for every 2000 Republican voters, or major fraction thereof, in Washoe County as of the first Monday in January each year in which a State Convention is held, plus an additional two members;
D. These representatives shall serve two-year terms.
A vacancy in the County’s delegation to the NRCC shall be filled by a vote at the next WCRCC meeting.
PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY & INTERPRETATION OF BYLAWS
Republican National Committee, the NRCC Bylaws or the Nevada Revised Statutes not in conflict with the foregoing, the latest revision which has been in publication for at least two years of Robert’s Rules of Order, shall govern all proceedings of the WCRCC except when those procedures are inconsistent with these Bylaws.
Nothing contained in these Bylaws shall be interpreted in a manner contrary to the provisions of the election laws or statutes pertaining to political parties, which are codified in the Nevada Revised Statutes or the Republican Party of Nevada Bylaws.
A. These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those present, at any meeting of the WCRCC at which a quorum is present, providing proper notice of 14 days has been given to all WCRCC members.
B. If time does not permit, an amendment shall be presented at one meeting of the WCRCC and voted on at the next meeting.
These Bylaws are adopted this 27th day of September 2018 at the Washoe County Republican Central Committee.
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