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Join the Polk Dems

An organization of the people, representing the people - that is who we are. If you would like to learn how you can become a member of the Polk County Democrats Central Committee, please read the information below, then reach out to us by emailing us at  

Q:  What is a County Central Committee Member (CCCM)?

A:  A CCCM formally represents their precinct at the monthly Polk County Central Committee Meetings. This important role should not be confused with a Precinct Chair (the individual who runs your precinct’s caucus) or a precinct leader/captain (a role usually assigned to a local activist by a campaign or a similar organization). In some precincts, it is not uncommon for an individual to fill more than one of these roles simultaneously.


Q:  What is a County Central Committee and why do they meet?

A:  The Polk County Central Committee is the governing body of the Polk County Democrats. As such they make all the business decisions for the county party. Additionally, each month’s meeting features notable guest speakers, committee updates, and leadership opportunities.


Q:  How many CCCMs and alternates do each precinct typically have?

A:  Two members and two or more alternates.


Q:  Who can be a CCCM?

A:  Any registered Democrat who resides in the precinct they will represent.


Q:  How does someone become a CCCM?

A:  There are two ways one can become a member (or an alternate) to the County Central Committee.

1) Be elected by a majority vote at an even year caucus or

2) Be nominated for election at a Central Committee Meeting to fill a vacancy.


Q:  What are the responsibilities of a CCCM?

A:  Technically a CCCM’s only responsibility is to show up and represent their precinct at the County Party’s official Central Committee Meetings. That, as they say, is the ground floor. If we are going to win elections we need leaders and activists in all of our precincts pushing for excellence. Here are some skills that can come in handy if you’re going to be an all-star CCCM:

  • Phone Banking

  • Community Organizing

  • Post Card Writing

  • Attending Events

  • Door Knocking

  • Event Planning

  • Public Speaking

  • Policy Researching

  • Relationship Building

  • New Member Recruiting


Q: Does a CCCM need to have all of the above-mentioned skills?

A:  No, of course not. All a CCCM needs to do is show up and participate in the County Party’s official Central Committee Meetings.


Q:  How often does the County Party hold their official meetings?

A:  It varies from county to county, however, most county parties meet once a month.


Q:  Where can I find more information about the county party structure and the role of a CCCM?

A:  The basic principles and responsibilities of the County Central Committees are presented in the constitution and bylaws of the Iowa Democratic Party. Additional insights and clarifications can be found in each county party’s respective constitutions and bylaws.

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