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Adopted December 11, 2006
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Section 1.00 PREAMBLE AND AUTHORITY
The Republican Party of San Diego County hereby adopts these bylaws which include rules for the
composition of the Republican Central Committee (“the Committee”), the election of its officers, and the
management and operation of the Party.
These bylaws shall constitute the sole and exclusive governing rules of the Committee, a private association
which is dedicated to the purposes of nominating, endorsing and electing members of the Republican Party
to federal, state and local public offices.
Section 1.01 GOVERNING BODIES
The Committee consists of the membership meeting in full several times each year, the Executive
Committee, and the executive direction of the elected officers as provided more particularly in these bylaws.
Section 1.02 ROLE AND RELATIONSHIP TO THE STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
The Committee is the official organization of the Republican Party in the County of San Diego, and exercises
general direction over the Republican election campaign for Republican nominees and endorsed candidates
in the County. The Committee operates under these bylaws and rules, and works together with the state
central committee in support of the Republican campaign.
The Committee’s mission is to support the election of Republican candidates to office.
BYLAWS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY
(A) The following shall be members of the Committee:
(1) Six regular members elected from each Assembly District in the County (CA Elections Code
(2) Ex-officio members consisting of the Republican nominees for State Senate, State Assembly,
and United States Congress. (CA Elections Code 7404).
(3) Ex-officio members consisting of the Republican nominee for Governor, Lieutenant
Governor, Treasurer, Controller, Attorney General, Secretary of State, member of the State
Board of Equalization, and United States Senator living in San Diego County. (CA Elections
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(B) The following shall be alternate members of the Committee:
(1) One person appointed by each regular and ex-officio member of the Committee. The
alternate member shall have the right to vote only when the written authorization of the
member who appointed him or her is on file with the Secretary. An alternate member of the
committee shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the committee. An alternate
member must meet the same qualifications as the regular member, and may vote only in the
absence of the member who appointed him or her, except that an alternate member
appointed by an incumbent Senator, Member of the Assembly, or Representative in Congress
need not reside in the district of the appointing power but need only reside in San Diego
County. (CA Elections Code 7406). No regular or ex-officio member of the Committee may
serve as an alternate member for another regular or ex-officio member of the Committee. No
alternate member of the committee may serve in that capacity for more than one appointer.
(C) When the terms “regular member,” “ex-officio member,” “appointed member,” or “alternate
member” is used, said term shall specifically refer to that group to the exclusion of others. The
definition of these terms as contained in the California Elections Code shall apply in all cases.
Terms of Members
(A) Regular members
(1) The term of each regular member of the Committee designated in Section 2.01.01(A)(1) shall
begin at the organizational meeting of the Committee, held in December or January following the
primary election, and shall end upon the commencement of the next organizational meeting
following the next primary election.
(B) Ex-officio members
(1) The term of each ex-officio member of the Committee designated in Section 2.01.01(A) (2) and
2.01.01(A) (3) shall begin upon certification by the Secretary of State or County Registrar of
Voters that he/she is the Republican nominee for the respective office, and shall end upon the
certification of the next Republican nominee for the same office following the next primary
election for the given office.
General Rules of Membership
(A) No person may hold more than one membership.
(B) If a regular elected member of the Committee is elected to be the Republican nominee for any office
listed in Section 2.01.01(A) (2) or 2.01.01(A) (3), the member shall retain the ex-officio membership
and forfeit the elected membership.
(C) If an ex-officio member of the Committee is elected as a regular member of the committee, the
person shall forfeit the ex-officio membership upon assuming the regular membership.
(D) In all of the situations described in Section 2.01.03, the other membership shall be considered vacant
due to ineligibility.
(E) Each regular member of the Committee is responsible for actively participating in and contributing
to the programs of at least one standing committee throughout his or her term of office, and in the
Assembly District Caucus of which he or she is a member.
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(A) The committee may remove any member, other than an ex officio member, who during his or her
(F) Any member who registers as a member of another political party shall be considered to have
(G) Any regular member who changes legal residence from the Assembly District in which elected or
appointed shall be considered to have resigned.
Vacancies and Filling of Vacancies
(A) A vacancy exists in a regular or ex-officio membership if the member resigns, dies, ceases to be a
registered Republican, is certified as incapacitated, moves out of the Assembly District in which he or
she was elected, or is removed from the Committee.
(B) When any member of the committee, other than an ex-officio member, misses four regularly called
meetings within a 12 month period for reasons other than illness or temporary absence from the
county, the Secretary shall transmit a notice to the Chairman, who may declare a vacancy for the seat
held by the member.
(C) To be eligible to fill a vacancy as a regular member, a person must have the same qualifications as
required of the original Central Committee member for said seat.
(D) A vacancy in a regular elected membership shall be filled in the following manner:
(1) The Chairman shall announce the vacancy at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the
Committee following the receipt of a vacancy notice from the Secretary. An election to fill the
vacancy shall be held at the next meeting of the committee following the meeting at which the
vacancy is announced.
(2) The Assembly District caucus in which the vacancy exists shall meet, and with the concurrence of
two-thirds of the caucus members, nominate a candidate to fill the vacancy. Other nominations
from the floor shall also be in order.
Discipline of Members
term of membership affiliates with, or registers as a member of another party, who publicly
advocates that the voters should not vote for the nominee of this party for any office, or who gives
support or avows a preference for a candidate of another party or candidate who is opposed to a
candidate nominated by this party (CA Elections Code 7413).
(B) Any member who represents their views as being those of the Committee or the Republican Party
when not authorized to do so, or commits the Committee to a course of action and/or financial
expenditure without authorization to do so, or engages in inappropriate conduct, may be censured or
(C) To remove or censure a member or officer of the committee, another member of the Committee
must transmit a written complaint to the Chairman, who shall refer it to the Executive Committee
for evaluation. The Secretary shall notify the accused and solicit rebuttal documentation for review in
(closed) executive session. The findings of the Executive Committee, together with its
recommendations, shall be forwarded to the full Committee for action at a (closed) executive session
of the next regularly scheduled meeting.
(D) If, in accordance with the procedure prescribed in this section, the Committee is to be called upon to
vote upon the removal or censure of any member, all members of the Committee shall be notified in
Page 5 of 16 writing by the Secretary or another officer, transmitted no less than six calendar days prior to the
meeting at which a vote will be taken. A two-thirds vote of the members present and voting shall be
required for the removal or censure of a member.
Organizational and Regular Meetings
(A) Organizational meeting. The committee shall convene in an organizational meeting biennially to
swear-in elected members, adopt bylaws, elect officers, and conduct other business as the committee
(1) The Chairman shall call the organizational meeting on the second Monday of the December or
January following the primary election. The Secretary or his/her designee shall send written
notice to each ex-officio and ex-officio alternate member, and each elected or appointed member
due to be sworn at the organizational meeting. Such notice shall be transmitted at least ten (10)
days in advance.
(2) Newly elected or appointed members of the Committee shall subscribe to the oath or affirmation
(3) The committee shall elect an Elections Officer solely to preside over the adoption of bylaws and
the election of a Chairman. The Elections Officer shall appoint an Acting Secretary to record the
adoption of bylaws and election of the Chairman.
(4) Bylaws shall be adopted by a majority vote of the committee.
(5) The Committee shall elect a chairman. Upon election, the newly elected Chairman shall preside
over the election of other officers in the following order: Secretary, First Vice Chairman, Second
Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Each officer shall assume duties immediately upon election.
(B) Regular meetings shall be held on the second Monday of each subsequent month, subject to change
or cancellation by the Executive Committee. The location of meetings shall be determined by the
(A) The Secretary shall provide a calendar of scheduled meetings to each member of the Committee at
its January meeting. Members shall be informed of any change or cancellation of a meeting of the
Committee made in accordance with Section 2.02.01, in writing at least six days prior to the original
scheduled date of the meeting.
(B) E-mail notice and voice mail notice shall constitute sufficient written notice under these bylaws.
(C) The committee may meet in closed session for any purpose upon the consent of a majority of the
committee. All discussion of matters in closed session shall be kept confidential unless a majority of
the committee votes to grant exception. The results of any votes cast in closed session shall be
reported in open session prior to adjournment of the meeting.
Quorum, Proxies and Voting
(A) Quorum. A quorum of the Committee is a majority of the current, sitting membership, either in
person or as represented by appointed alternate.
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Any standing rule or bylaw of the Committee other than a provision for supermajority voting may be
suspended temporarily by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the voting members present; provided,
however, that such temporary suspension shall apply only to the matter under immediate
consideration, and in no case shall it extend beyond an adjournment.
(B) Proxies. Proxies shall not be permitted for any purpose, including establishment of attendance or
(1) Voting shall be by the elected, appointed, alternate and ex-officio members of the Committee.
Alternate members may not vote in the presence of their appointer.
(2) The election of officers shall be conducted by secret ballot, except than in each case where there is
no contest for the office, the officer may be elected by acclamation.
(3) Voting on matters of endorsing a Republican candidate for an office where more than one
Republican candidate will be on the ballot shall be conducted by secret ballot, with two-thirds of
the members. In any case where there is only one Republican candidate on the ballot, the
Chairman shall have discretion to endorse that candidate on the Committee’s behalf.
(4) In cases other than those in sections (A) (C) (2) and (A) (C) (3) above, voting shall be by voice
vote, or the Chairman may request a standing vote. A roll call may be demanded by 2 or more
members, in which case the roll shall be called of the regular, appointed, ex-officio and alternate
members. Alternate members will vote when the name of their appointer is called.
(5) In all cases the calculation of votes on any matter shall exclude abstentions, with the outcome
determined solely by those members present and voting.
Suspension of Rules
(A) The Chairman may call a special meeting at any time, provided that written notice is transmitted
to all members at least six days in advance. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the notice.
(B) A special meeting may be called by written petition of 15 regular and/or ex-officio members.
Upon receipt of such a petition, the Chairman must set a time and location for a special meeting to
take place within eight days. The Chairman must notify the Secretary of the special meeting, and the
Secretary shall transmit written notice of the meeting to all members.
List of Officers
(A) Officers. The following shall be the regular elected officers of the Committee to serve for the two year
term following the organizational meeting or until their successors have been elected: Chairman,
First Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.
The Chairman shall appoint a General Counsel, a Parliamentarian, a Chaplain, a Sergeant at Arms,
an Executive Director or Chief Operating Officer, and other subordinates.
Page 7 of 16 Elections for the elected officers shall take place at the organizational meeting.
Eligibility to seek or hold office
(A) Any elected, appointed, or ex-officio alternate member of the committee may seek and hold an
elected office of the committee. Alternate members not appointed by an ex-officio member may not
seek or hold office.
(B) Officers shall be elected at the Committee’s organizational meeting pursuant to the procedure
outlined in Section 2.02.01(A).
Vacancies in offices.
(A) Chairman. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chairman, by reason of resignation, death, or
otherwise, the First Vice Chairman shall immediately and temporarily become Acting Chairman
until a successor Chairman is elected at the next meeting of the Committee.
(B) If a vacancy occurs in any elective office other than Chairman, by reason of resignation, death, or
otherwise, a successor shall be elected at the next meeting of the Committee.
(C) If a vacancy occurs less than 15 days prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee,
the vacancy election shall be held at the meeting following the next meeting of the Committee. In no
case may more than 45 days be permitted to pass before a vacancy election is held.
(D) If a vacancy occurs more than 15 days prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the
Committee, the vacancy election shall be held at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the
(E) The Secretary shall notify all members of the committee of a scheduled vacancy election at least 15
days in advance. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Secretary, the Chairman or a Vice
Chairman shall provide the notice.
Duties of the Chairman
The Chairman shall serve as the chief executive and spokesperson of the Committee.
The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the full Committee, Executive Committee and any
other gathering of the Committee requiring a presiding officer.
The Chairman may appoint and remove the chairs and members of standing committees.
The Chairman shall appoint and remove the chairs and members of ad hoc committees, unless (D)
the full Committee shall prescribe a specific method of determining the chair and/or members of
an ad hoc committee it creates.
The Chairman shall have the power to retain and terminate all members of the Committee’s staff,
within approved budget parameters, subject to confirmation by the Executive Committee.
The Chairman shall have the right and duty to manage the affairs of the Committee and shall
perform all the duties usual and customary for the executive of an elected organization.
(G) The Chairman shall not obligate the Committee to any debt or obligation that is longer than
his/her term of office unless approved by two-thirds of the Committee.
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In the absence or disability of the Chairman, the Vice Chairmen, in their order, shall perform all the
duties of the Chairman, and when so acting shall have the powers of, and be subject to, all the
restrictions placed upon the Chairman. The Vice Chairmen shall have such other powers and
perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Committee or the
(A) The Treasurer shall prepare financial practices and procedures which shall be submitted to the
Executive Committee for approval.
(B) The Treasurer shall provide oversight of the Committee’s financial activities to ensure that adequate
and correct accounts of all of the properties and business transactions of the Committee, including
its assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements, are maintained; that expenditures have been made
in accordance with the approved budget or as directed by the Executive Committee; that the
Committee’s assets are protected; and that federal, state and local campaign reports are prepared
and records are maintained in compliance with such laws.
(C) The Treasurer and the Chairman shall cosign on all accounts of the committee. The Chairman may
designate another officer, or the Executive Director or Chief Operating Officer, to cosign checks in
his/her absence on a case-by-case basis.
(D) The Treasurer shall render a report and account of the financial condition of the Committee at
meetings of the Committee and Executive Committee.
(E) The Treasurer shall monitor and supervise the preparation of financial reports required by federal,
state and local law, including payroll tax returns, income tax returns, and campaign disclosure
reports. The Treasurer shall have such other duties as prescribed by the Committee or Executive
(F) The Treasurer shall be responsible for assigning expenditures and income to budgetary categories,
and determining whether requested expenditures are within approved budget parameters.
(A) The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the records of the membership and proceedings of the
Committee in a manner consistent with Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised. The Secretary shall
have such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed for him or her by the Committee or
The Chairman shall have the power to endorse Republican candidates for public office on behalf
of the committee, but in the case of more than one Republican candidate for a given office, shall
not do so unless authorized by a two-thirds vote of the Committee.
The Chairman shall be a member of the California Republican County Chairmen’s Association
and other entities within the state committee as it prescribes.
The Committee shall provide for the reimbursement of expenses incurred by the Chairman and
other officers in the performance of their duties.
Duties of the First and Second Vice Chairman
Duties of the Treasurer
Duties of the Secretary
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(1) The Secretary shall be responsible for providing transmitting all notices described in these
bylaws and by the Committee unless otherwise noted.
(2) The Secretary shall assess and from time to time report to the Executive Committee whether
at least one member from each Assembly District Caucus is actively and continually serving
on at least one Standing Committee.
(3) The Secretary shall upon request from any member provide a list of all Committee members
serving on each Standing Committee.
(B) In the absence of the Chairman and Vice Chairmen, the Secretary shall perform the Chairman’s
Duties of the Immediate Past Chairman
The Immediate Past Chairman shall provide for an orderly transition to the Chairman, assist the
Chairman and the Committee and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as
from time to time may be prescribed by the Committee or the Chairman.
The Executive Committee shall consist of the following members who shall be entitled to vote: the
Chairman, the First and Second Vice Chairmen, the Secretary, the Treasurer, two appointees of the
Chairman, the Chairmen of each Assembly District Caucus, and the Immediate Past Chairman. The
General Counsel and Parliamentarian shall be non-voting members of the Executive Committee,
unless that person also holds a voting position. The officers of the Committee shall also be the
officers of the Executive Committee.
(A) The Executive Committee shall provide general direction for the business and operations of the
(B) The powers of the Executive Committee shall be subject to and limited by any limitations in these
bylaws and by the powers of the Committee and the California elections code.
(C) The Executive Committee shall authorize the initiation of any litigation by or on behalf of the
Committee and shall approve the defense of any litigation against the committee or any other person
(D) Each member of the Executive Committee shall perform the duties of a member in good faith, and in
(E) The Executive Committee shall review and approve the Committee’s budget and financial plan prior
or entity on behalf of the Committee.
a manner that such member believes to be in the best interest of the Committee.
to presentation and adoption by the Committee at or before its February meeting each year.
(F) The Executive Committee shall have the power to review and approve all contracts and
indebtedness, and approve any non-budgeted payment in excess of $750.
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(G) The Executive Committee shall approve and refer to the full committee for approval a strategic plan
for the fulfillment of the Committee’s responsibility to conduct the Republican campaign each
(H) The Executive Committee shall be the final arbiter of conflicts within and between standing
committees and Assembly District caucuses. The Executive Committee shall be the final arbiter of
conflicts between members.
Meetings, Quorum and Voting
(A) The Executive Committee shall meet in person at least ten times within each calendar year and at
such places and times in San Diego County as designated by the Chairman.
(B) Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be open to all regular, appointed, ex-officio and alternate
members of the Committee.
(C) Upon written request to the Chairman by three (3) members of the Executive Committee, the
Chairman shall call an Executive Committee meeting to be convened within 10 days from the date of
receipt of the written request.
(D) The Chairman may call a special meeting of the Executive Committee with 24 hours notice to all
(E) The Chairman shall prepare an agenda for each Executive Committee meeting. The Secretary shall
transmit the agenda, and accompanying documentation, to Executive Committee members 48 hours
in advance of the meeting.
(F) The presence in person of three officers shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting
(G) Voting in Executive Committee meetings shall be in person only and voting by proxy shall not be
(H) Members of the Committee not physically present in the county at the time of the meeting may
participate in any meeting through use of conference telephone or similar equipment whenever such
participation is authorized by resolution adopted by the Executive Committee.
(I) Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Executive Committee may be taken without a
meeting if all members of the Executive Committee shall individually or collectively consent in
writing to such action. Such written consent or consents must be filed with the minutes of the
Executive Committee. Action by written consent has the same force and effect as a vote of the
members of the Executive Committee.
(J) The Executive Committee and/or Chairman may appoint ad hoc committees from time to time as
necessary for the fulfillment of the Committee’s responsibilities.
(K) Each Assembly District Caucus Chair shall be entitled to one vote on the Executive Committee,
except during such periods when the Secretary reports that the Caucus has failed to ensure each
regular caucus member’s active participation on at least one standing committee, or the Executive
Committee. Voting rights of the Caucus Chair shall be restored when the Secretary certifies Caucus
participation on each standing committee, or by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee,
excluding the Caucus Chair in question.
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(L) The Executive Committee may meet in closed session when discussing personnel matters, litigation
or potential litigation, negotiations, when discussing matters related to the removal or censure of a
member, or for any other purpose upon a majority vote.
STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
(A) The Committee shall include the following standing committees, other than the Executive
(1) Voter Registration
(2) Candidate Recruitment
(3) Precinct Operations
(4) Ballot Integrity
(5) San Diego Association of Republican Elected Officials
Appointments, Vacancies and Terms of Members
(A) At the commencement of his or her term of office, the Chairman of the Committee shall as soon as
reasonably practical appoint the chairmen the standing committees. The Chairman may replace any
committee chairman at any time.
(B) The Chairman of each Assembly District Caucus shall be responsible for ensuring that each regular
member of the Caucus actively and continually serves on a standing committee. Assembly District
Caucus Chairs may appoint regular members of the Committee residing in his or her Assembly
District to standing committees. Conflicts between Caucus Chair and Chairman appointments shall
be resolved by the Executive Committee.
(C) Each Assembly District Caucus Chair shall ensure each standing committee is represented by a
caucus member, except for Ballot Integrity and the San Diego Association of Republican Elected
(D) Any action or recommendation by any standing committee is subject to ratification, modification, or
rejection by the Executive Committee or full Committee. The Committee shall have final authority
on matters of policy unless prohibited by these bylaws.
(E) No standing committee may endorse any candidate for any public office. The Candidate
Recruitment and/or Executive Committee may recommend the endorsement of a candidate, but
such recommendation shall not be binding on the Committee.
(F) The Voter Registration committee shall implement programs to register new Republican voters
throughout San Diego County throughout the year.
(G) The Candidate Recruitment committee shall implement programs to identify and recruit Republican
candidates for public offices in the county. The Candidate Recruitment Committee may not recruit
candidates to run against candidates endorsed by the full Committee, unless the number of endorsed
candidates is less than the number of seats up for election on a given board in a single election.
(H) The Precinct Operations committee shall build and maintain a Republican Neighborhood Precinct
Organization consisting of volunteer Precinct Representatives charged with maximizing the rate at
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which Republican voters in their assigned precinct turn out to vote, and vote for the candidates
nominated and/or endorsed by the Committee.
(I) The Ballot Integrity committee shall implement a program to ensure the legitimacy of the voting and
vote tabulation process in San Diego County.
(J) The San Diego Association of Republican Elected Officials shall implement programs to
communicate with and facilitate the sharing of information among Republican elected officials in the
county, and between those elected officials and the Committee.
(K) The Communications committee shall regularly provide a newsletter and other periodical
communications as necessary to ensure the Committee’s members, volunteers, candidates, elected
officials and donors are well informed of Committee programs, events, and opportunities for
(L) The Finance Committee shall, with the approval of the Chairman, implement fundraising programs
to ensure the Committee’s operations and programs are sufficiently funded. The Chairman shall
appoint the Finance Chairman or co-chairmen, one of whom shall be designated as chairman of the
Finance Committee, the chairman or co-chairmen of the Founder’s Circle, Chairman’s Circle,
Reagan Club, Century Club, and other donor clubs as the Finance Committee or Executive
Committee shall establish. The Chairman, the Vice Chairmen and the Treasurer shall be ex-officio
members of the Finance committee.
Meetings and Standing Rules
Meetings of the standing committees shall be called by the Chairman or by the Chairman of the
standing committee at such time, place and on such notice as they may designate. The standing
committees may adopt standing rules not inconsistent with these bylaws.
All standing committees may report on any subject within the scope of that committee’s duties as
specified in these bylaws or as specially conferred upon the committee by the Chairman at each
meeting of the Committee, or upon the direction of the Chairman, at any meeting of the Executive
Committee, or to such other meeting and at such other times as the Chairman may direct.
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT CAUCUSES
The regular, appointed, ex-officio and alternate members of the Committee from each Assembly
District shall constitute each Assembly District Caucus.
(A) The members of each Assembly District Caucus shall consist of the elected or appointed regular
members from the Assembly District and the ex-officio members residing in the Assembly
(B) An ex-officio member who is a nominee for State Senate or U.S. Representative who does not
reside in an Assembly District that enters San Diego County shall not be a member of an
Assembly District Caucus.
(C) Alternate members of the Committee shall serve as alternate members of the caucus for the
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Each Assembly District Caucus shall elect a Caucus Chair and other officers as it deems necessary.
The Caucus Chair shall be a member of the Executive Committee, subject to these bylaws.
Meetings, Quorum and Voting
A quorum shall consist of a majority of the members of the Caucus and their alternates. Alternate
members may vote only in the absence of their appointer. In all cases the calculation of votes on any
matter shall exclude abstentions, with the outcome determined solely by those members present and
The Assembly District Caucus is responsible for ensuring the implementation of all committee
programs and the work of the standing committees, within the Assembly District.
Funds raised by the caucus shall be deposited in the Committee account and allocated by the budget
and/or action of the Executive Committee. Disbursement of funds allocated to caucus use shall be
upon written request of the caucus chair, after a majority vote of voting caucus members.
No expenditure that is inconsistent with the fulfillment of the Committee’s role or programs shall be
authorized by the Chairman or Treasurer.
3.01 ENDORSEMENTS BY THE CHAIRMAN, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, AND FULL
Executive Committee Endorsements
The Chairman may, on behalf of the Committee, endorse a Republican candidate for office in San
Diego County when the candidate is the only Republican who will appear on the ballot, or when the
number of endorsed Republican candidates does not exceed the number of positions on a given
board in a single election. A Chairman’s endorsement made on behalf of the committee shall have
the same force and effect as an endorsement voted on and approved by the full committee. A
Chairman’s endorsement on behalf of the committee may be revoked by a simple majority vote of the
full committee at the next regularly scheduled meeting following the issuance of the endorsement.
Full Committee Endorsements
The Executive Committee shall not endorse, support or oppose any candidate for nomination in a
primary election, or a candidate for election to a “non-partisan” office or any state or local ballot
measure; provided, however, the Executive Committee may endorse, support or oppose the recall of
a state elected officeholder.
The endorsement of a Republican candidate for public office in San Diego who does or may face at
least one Republican opponent shall require a two-thirds affirmative vote of the full Committee. The
Committee may adopt rules and procedures for the consideration of endorsements in any primary,
Page 14 of 16 special, recall, or general election. Such rules shall expire no later than the commencement of the
next organizational meeting of the Committee.
Other endorsements prohibited
No Standing Committee, ad hoc committee, Assembly District caucus or other subdivision within the
Committee may endorse any candidate for public office.
(A) The Committee’s fiscal year shall commence on the first day of January.
(B) The full Committee shall at its February meeting adopt and amend, as necessary, a budget covering
the period from March 1 up to February 28 of the succeeding year. If no budget is adopted or in
effect, the Executive Committee may approve an interim budget until a budget is formally adopted
by the full Committee.
(C) The Chairman may authorize any unbudgeted expense up to $1,000. Unbudgeted expenses in
excess of this amount, or expenditures in excess of amounts set forth in the budget, shall require the
authorization of the Executive Committee.
(D) No budget in an even-numbered year may be approved that fails to account for the repayment of all
Committee debts before the commencement of the next organizational meeting of the Committee,
unless endorsed by a two-thirds vote of the Committee. Leases and installment-based payments
shall be excluded from this provision.
(E) Any member of the Committee shall have full access to the financial records of the Committee upon
written request from a member. The Treasurer shall arrange for viewing of such records in a
reasonable period of time and manner.
(F) The Treasurer shall, with the consent of the Executive Committee, use an accountant who shall
assume the duties and functions of a Controller, and shall have the official title of Assistant
Treasurer. The Assistant Treasurer shall assist the Treasurer in preparing all budgets and financial
reports and maintaining all accounts of the Committee. The Assistant Treasurer shall assist the
Treasurer in preparing all tax, campaign disclosure, and other reports required by law. The
Treasurer is responsible for the actions of the Assistant Treasurer.
(G) The Treasurer shall demand a written and signed order from the Chairman for directing an
expenditure of funds. No payment may be authorized without appropriate documentation
consistent with generally accepted accounting practices. No payment may be ordered unless it is
signed by the Chairman.
(H) Committee resources may be used to support candidates endorsed by the Republican Party of San
Diego County or the California Republican Party.
(I) Committee resources may be used to advance the Committee’s position, or the California Republican
Party’s position, on initiatives and referenda.
(J) Member Communications. The Committee may conduct Member Communications programs in
coordination with any endorsed candidate as permitted by, and subject to the limitations of, federal,
state and local law.
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(A) These bylaws shall expire upon the commencement of the biennial organizational meeting of the
(B) These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Committee attending and
voting in a regularly scheduled committee meeting, provided that the text of the proposed
The bylaws herein are presented for adoption by the Committee. They are identical to those adopted in December
2004 with the following minor revisions:
1. It is clarified that any vote tally shall exclude abstentions for the purpose of determining the outcome. This is
a clarification to avoid confusion on the matter and consistent with Roberts Rules.
2. In conformity with CRP bylaws the duties of the Immediate Past Chairman are further defnined and the IPC
is established as a voting member of the Executive Committee.
3. It is clarified that the Executive Committee may discuss any item in executive session provided the decision to
do so is made by a majority of the Executive Committee. The same is also clarified for the full committee.
The Committee shall adopt a Strategic Plan broadly outlining the programs and operation of the
Committee and will include those areas covered by the standing committees established in these
bylaws. The Plan may cover either a one or two year period, and shall be adopted either at the
organizational meeting, or at a subsequent meeting of the committee not later than March. If a oneyear
plan is adopted following the organizational meeting, a plan covering the second year shall be
adopted no later than the following March.
LIABILITY OF OFFICERS, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND FULL COMMITTEE
The Committee shall indemnify and hold harmless its officers, the Chief Operating Officer or
Executive Director, Executive Committee and full Committee members from any monetary
judgment, fine or penalty, including costs of suit and reasonable attorneys’ fees resulting from any
official acts or omissions of the officer, Executive Committee or full Committee member, except when
involving intentional, grossly reckless or grossly negligent acts or omissions arising from activity of
the officer or committee member on behalf of the Committee.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern the
Committee in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these
bylaws and any special rules of order the Committee may adopt.
The California Elections Code shall prevail in all cases where a conflict exists with these bylaws or
other rules of the Committee.
EXPIRATION AND AMENDMENT OF THESE BYLAWS
Committee, and may be re-adopted by a simple majority vote.
amendment was circulated at the previous regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee.
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