Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

Candidate Selection Part Two

on November 5, 2012

The previous post, Candidate Selection Part One, drew the conclusion that the general citizenry should seek for those who should serve in public offices and that a citizen whom his peers find when they do their search should accept the office and do its duties. People’s Party members are citizens and consider themselves bound to do these duties. So how can a large group of citizens call a person as a candidate for a public office thus avoiding the need for any candidate to appoint himself to run?

In the election of officers of an ordinary society, nominations often are made by a committee. (Henry M. Roberts III, William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann, Thomas J. Balch, Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revisited, p 419)

Roberts Rules of Order informs us that many organization have a committee that nominates candidates to fill the officer positions those organizations have. “The nominating committee should be elected by the organization wherever possible….”(Roberts, p 419) Roberts further indicates that such a committee should be elected by the organization which means by the members of the organization unless they have delegated that role. To prevent excessive concentration of power and enable the organization to replace its top leader against his will, “…the president should not appoint this committee or be a member of it….”(Roberts, p 419) We can easily adapt this concept of an elected committee that nominates candidates to fill the offices an organization has to the needs of People’s Party members seeking the right candidates for public offices.

The party members elect a candidate nominating committee. The committee searches for the persons with the qualities that government officers should have. For each government office that will be up for election, the committee recommends one person to the party members.

When a nominating or other committee chosen to investigate or deliberate

… is properly selected, its recommendations will most often reflect the will of the assembly. By care in selecting committees, debates on delicate and troublesome questions in ordinary societies can be mostly confined to the committees. The usefulness of the committee will be greatly impaired, on the other hand, if any important faction of the assembly is not represented. (Roberts p481)

The committee members can be chosen so that their will tends to match the will of the party members so that the party members will be likely to accept the committee recommendations. This process makes it possible for the party to place candidates in many races for many years at a time without any self appointed candidates for public office.

“After the nominating committee has presented its report and before voting for the different offices takes place, the chair must call for further nominations from the floor.” (Roberts p421) In parliamentary jargon, “the chair” is the person conducting the meeting. “nominations from the floor” means nominations by members of the organization. If any rivals do enter a particular race, as often happens in the major parties, the People’s Party members decide which candidate the party will endorse, so the committee will not be able to impose its will on the party members.

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