Today the 5th District Committee Chairman Melvin Adams issued the following statement:
Last night, Tuesday, commencing at 8:07 P.M., the Fifth District Committee held it’s second in a series of conference calls to gain further understanding of the task presented to them by state election law and the Republican State Party Plan in selecting a replacement nominee for this fall’s Congressional election. The call was attended by 35 of the 37 voting members; during the 2 ½ hour call, two people eventually dropped off.
The first order of business addressed was reporting on answers received regarding legal requirements raised in Monday night’s conference call. Satisfied with an understanding of these requirements, the Committee proceeded to develop a strategy and process for the meeting to select our nominee.
The second topic, lasting some 70 minutes, centered on adopting a set of proposed rules for conducting the meeting, which were graciously developed during the day by three volunteers from the Committee. Please note these are proposed rules and must be adopted by the full body at the eventual meeting.
Next the Committee discussed the date and timeline for the meeting. On a 19-14 vote, the Committee chose to have the meeting this Saturday, June 2nd. The time and location to be determined. As legal requirements prohibit the issuance of instructions to candidates, which could violate members voting rights, the Committee adopted a position of requesting potential candidates to notify the Chairman of their intend to seek the nomination by 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening (May 31); failure to meet this requirement does not preclude someone from seeking the nomination. Volunteers were tasked with securing a venue and establishing a starting time by Wednesday, May 30th.
The last order of business was a general discussion of the momentous task thrust upon the Committee by the withdrawal of our nominee, Congressman Garrett. The Committee did not ask for this responsibility, it was thrust upon us; and in true fashion the Committee will rise to the challenge and present an equitable process and meeting. All understand the gravity of selecting the nominee to represent some 700,000 citizens, and do not take it lightly. The members also agreed that once a candidate contacted the Chairman with their intent to seek the nomination, the Chairman would forward a contact list to the said candidate of all the voting members of the Committee.
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