Candidacy

Election Information

There are two types of positions: appointed and elected.

 

The appointed offices are webmaster, editor, and historian.

  • The webmaster manages GJCL website and creates an NJCL Convention website.

  • The editor plans, prints, and distributes Alae Mercurii and creates newsletter to enter into a competition @ NJCL Convention.

  • The historian creates GJCL scrapbook and enters it into a competition @ NJCL Convention.

The elected offices are president, vice president, parliamentarian, and secretary.

  • The president serves as the leader at all state/board meetings, is the primary representative of GJCL, and appoints all necessary committees. It is strongly advised that you run for president if and only if you have a great deal of JCL experience with your local chapter, state chapter, or (preferably) a combination thereof.

  • The vice president is in charge of obtaining publicity for GJCL as well as keeping and recruiting chapters. While a good reputation among GJCL is important for all positions, it is most important for VP. A VP should be able to communicate well with many students and teachers in GJCL. If the president resigns, gets impeached and removed, or dies, the VP must take over.

  • The parliamentarian is the primary interpreter of Constitution. He/she organizes elections and candidacy and keeps order @ board/state meetings. He/she should also propose amendments to add, subtract, or edit the constitution if need be. Innovativeness, authoritativeness, and timeliness are characteristic of a competent parliamentarian. If the president and vice president resign, get impeached and removed, and/or die, the parliamentarian must take over.

  • The secretary is recorder of proceedings @ board/state meetings and the parliamentarian’s assistant. Taking good notes is paramount to being a secretary. If the president, vice president, and parliamentarian resign, get impeached and removed, and/or die, the secretary must take over.

Here are the initial steps to the candidacy process itself.

  1. Seeking nomination from school chapter (for an elected office):​​

    • Only 2 delegates per chapter may run for an elected office but there is no limit for appointed offices.

    • Every candidate must be in good standing with GJCL and must have attended at least 1 state or national JCL meeting.

    • They also must be enrolled in a Latin class for the entire term or must have completed all Latin classes offered at their school.

    • No student who is a high school senior or above may run for any office.

  2. Requesting a recommendation from school Latin teacher to be submitted to Parliamentarian.
    • The letter should be submitted by April 1st and will inquire about your leadership qualities, traits, work ethic, etc. ​
  3. ​Submitting Papers of Candidacy to Parliamentarian by April 1st

    • Asks for general information (phone number, school, picture ID, etc)

After part 3, the appointed and elected offices have different steps.

The next steps for an appointed office are the following:

​   4. Interviewing with the current officer and state board members about plans and qualifications.

   5. Hearing results at GA III

 

Here are the next steps for an elected office:

   4. Preparing campaign materials and speeches

  • You can have at most five 22x28 posters and other materials, such as stickers, but note that more than $10 dollars cannot be spent on your whole campaign. Buckley v. Valeo unfortunately does not apply to GJCL elections. I will not ask for receipt of anything, but it will be very obvious if a candidate fails to abide by this rule.

  • You must have either a nominations committee speech less than 2 minutes if more than two candidates are running for your same office, or talking points if 2 or fewer are running for that office. You’ll know shortly after April 1st how contested the office you’re running for is.

  • Most importantly, you must have an official GA II speech less than 3 minutes. Note that you are allowed and strongly advised to have another person make an introductory speech on your behalf up to 30 seconds, which will limit your speech to 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Fortunately, I will NOT factor the transition time between your introducer and yourself into your 3 minutes.

   At convention

    

   5. Giving either a speech or talking points at Nominations Committee

  •  N.B. at most 2 candidates will be running for each position after NomCom. The two who run for each position will be determined by voters at NomCom.

  • Weeded out candidates may choose to run for an appointed office

    6. Starting and carrying out campaign, which has no specific location or time limit

  • Can be done with posters and stickers that abide by the price limit (<$10)

  • Meet and talk to people also!

    7. Giving official speech at GA II

    8. Answering questions at Open Forum

  • Can be serious or silly questions; most pertain to each candidates' duties.

    9. More Campaigning! This has no specific location or time limit.

    10. Removing campaign materials from Rock Eagle Sunday morning.

    11. Hearing results at GA III of Saturday night votes by chapters.

  • Chapter will turn in their ballots near the beginning of GA III, and they will be added up backstage.

Also, please consider the following:

 

  • Every office requires a decent amount of time commitment. Make sure you would be able to budget your time if elected as an officer.

  • Most people running will have dedicated innumerable hours to JCL activities, so don’t run just for the title. Run because you want to make a positive, meaningful impact on GJCL.

  • If you’re yearning to be part of the board, but don’t want to do as much talking/campaigning, consider running for an appointed office. Choose an office where your skills reside.

  • If need be, an impeachment and removal vote can and will be carried out for officers who don’t do their due diligence.

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Make sure to read the Campaign Policy, a consolidated document of rules and guidelines for the entire campaign and election process.

Campaign Policy