OMAHA , NE – The DCDP LGBTQIA Caucus is finally official. This afternoon, October 22nd 2016, we met the new, required quorum of 5 LGBTQIA Democrats, with 5 LGB people and 1 straight ally meeting to elect officers, approve a mission statement, approve a nondiscrimination statement, support a platform and adopt bylaws. We also discussed prioritizing support for challenger candidates, Jay Irwin (write-in) – Ralston School Board, Justin Wayne – LD13, and Tony Vargas – LD7. I want to thank Elena Salisbury, Ernest Vining, Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, Ford Brown and Keith Putzier for attending helping to make the meeting an outstanding success!
Officers elected were:
Caucus Chair – Ken Riter
Caucus Vice-Chair – Elena Salisbury
Caucus Secretary – Ernest Vining
Parliamentarian – Ford Brown
We are looking to fill 3 positions; Treasurer, and two Community Relations Director roles (one for gender identity and one for a queer or trans person of color) to help boost diversity participation. As the DCDP LGBTQIA Caucus grows, more positions may be created on the Executive Committee to ensure a sense of diversity and engagement.
The DCDP LGBTQIA Caucus is a Volunteer-led Grassroots Progressive LGBTQIA movement within the Douglas County Democratic Party, which focuses on ensuring the enactment of a Bold, Sensible Progressive Equality Agenda in the Democratic Party.
The Mission of the Douglas County LGBTQIA Democrats is to act as a go between for the Douglas County Democratic Party and LGBTQIA Democrats residing in Douglas County. The Caucus will meet monthly on the second or third Saturday of the month at rotating locations. Please call Ken at 531-205-3193 for any questions you have.