Qualified Candidates for the Temporary Appointment for the Office of Councilmember At-Large


On December 10, 2012, in accordance with [DC Code, Section 1-204.02] the membership of the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee (DCDSC) will “appoint a qualified elector affiliated with the Democratic Party to fill the vacancy on the Council due to the election of Councilmember Phil Mendelson as Chairman of the Council.  The appointment is temporary pending the outcome of a Special Election to be held by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) within 70-174 days as established by Law.  The candidate who receives 50% plus one (1) vote of the DCDSC members present and voting will be seated to serve as interim At-Large Councilmember until the outcome of the Special Election is known.

Interested candidates must meet the following requirements
to be placed in consideration

  1. MUST have legally resided in the District of Columbia for one (1) year preceding the scheduled appointment.
  2. MUST have been by Text-Enhance" href="http://dcdemocraticparty.org/">registered as a Democrat with the DCBOEE on or before December 11, 2011.
  3. MUST circulate and return nominating petitions with a minimum of 200 valid signatures of registered Democrats in the District of Columbia: including at least 25 per Ward and no less than 27 signatures of current DCDSC members.
  4. Interested candidates MUST complete a Notification of Candidacy Form when receiving Petitions. If Petitions are downloaded from the DCDSC website, candidates must file the electronic notification when downloading the petitions.
  5. Completed nominating petitions MUST be accompanied by a Declaration of Candidacy and Statement of Qualifications/Biographical Sketch (150 words or less each) as prescribed by the DCDSC.


November 9, 2012

Issuance of Public Notice/Press Release

November 14, 2012

Nominating petitions become available for circulation.
Petitions may be obtained online at www.dcdemocraticparty.org or potential candidates may call 202-714-3368 or 202-558-6389 with questions or to make arrangements to pick up petitions. All candidates must file notification of candidacy when receiving petitions. 

November 28, 2012

Deadline for submission of completed nominating petitions, Notification/Declaration of Candidacy Temporary Appointment At-Large Councilmember and Statement of Qualification/Biographical Sketch (150 words or less). 

  All Documents must be filed in person at 1050 17th St. NW, Suite 1000.  November 26, 2012 is the first day candidates may file completed petitions.

November 29, 2012

Preliminary List of Candidates posted online at www.dcdemocraticparty.org

Thursday, Nov 29 thru Monday Dec 3, 2012

Official challenge period begins 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012 and Ends Monday December 3, 2012 (Sunday Excluded

December 5, 2012

DCDSC Executive Committee meets to hear/decide all challenges (if necessary)

December 6, 2012

Eligible candidates certified. List of eligible candidates provided to the general public, DCDSC members and listed on website: www.dcdemocraticparty.org.

December 10, 2012


DCDSC Special Appointment Meeting – 7:00 PM in Caldwell Hall on the campus of Catholic by Text-Enhance" href="http://dcdemocraticparty.org/">University America at 620 Michigan Avenue, NE.  For a map of the University click on this link http://www.cua.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf and Caldwell Hall is shown at the C12 position on the map.  For directions click on this link http://www.cua.edu/about-cua/directions.cfm.  There is ample parking available and the university is accessible by Metro at the Brookland-CUA Station. 

Qualified Candidates for the
Temporary Appointment for the Office of Councilmember At-Large

List of candidates circulating petitions

The Notification of Rules of Procedure
(As approved by the DCDSC on 12/06/12)