Have you had enough? Become a PCP
Are you satisfied with the way things are going in your country today? Are you satisfied with the way they are going in your community, Lane County or the state of Oregon? Are there things you would like to see changed? You are not alone!
But what can YOU do about it? The saying goes “Government belongs to those who participate” and that cannot be over stated. If you want to see changes, and I mean changes we REALLY believe in, you have got to get involved and get vocal. Get off the couch, download an application and sign up to become a Precinct Committeeperson (PCP)!
PCPs are the grassroots of the party! We elect the local party officers of Lane County Republicans. When we have strong leadership at this level, we can make big changes in our community.
What is a PCP?
The Republican Party begins with the Precinct Committeeperson, these are people who are registered Republican voters.
PCP men and women are the grassroots representatives of the Republican Party in Oregon. During Election years, PCPs lead grassroots campaigning efforts in their communities, including phone banks, door knocks, and literature distribution. During non-election years, PCPs take a leading role in Growing Our party through active voter registration efforts and candidate recruitment.
It is also helpful for PCPs to have an active online presence to update friends, family, and neighbors with the latest information from the Republican Party and Republican candidates. Having a Facebook page or even an email distribution list can go a long way in getting out the vote. PCPs become the Republican Party in their communities!
PCPs are the “face” of the party and an advocate for Republican principles in their neighborhoods and communities. They are asked to attend meetings of their county Republican central committee in order to help set the party agenda in the county and strategize how to spread the Republican message at the local level.
PCPs have a voice in selecting Republican Party leadership on the county, state, and national levels’ Elected by the PCPs in their county, county leaders then help select the state party leaders who participate on the Republican National committee and elect the national party leaders. PCPs also select Oregon’s delegates and alternates to attend the Republican National convention in presidential election years.
Lastly, PCPs become extremely important in the nomination of candidates for vacant offices. When an office holder vacates his or her office, it is the job of the PCPs in that jurisdiction to select a new candidate.
Role within the County Central Committee
Each county’s central committee consists of the elected and appointed PCPs. At each county’s organizational meeting (held every two years in Nov. of even numbered years), officers are elected by the elected PCPs. Officer positions may slightly vary between counties, but every county will select the following positions:
- Delegates (if the county’s count of registered Republicans affords them additional delegates to the state central committee)
- Alternate Delegates (if the county’s count of registered Republicans affords them additional delegates to the state central committee) Duties of Executive Committee
Committee Chairs and Members
In addition to the elected officers and delegates, there are many committee chairs and members. There are many ways that you can be involved. Volunteer in the office, write articles or posts for social media or the websites or assist with online sales. Do you enjoy putting together social or fund raising events? Perhaps you would like to become involved with the University of Oregon Republicans. What about running for an office such as a school board, city council, county, state or national office? Most people have many talents that they could put to work with the Lane County Republican’s and they are appreciated. Together the Lane County Central Committee can make a difference in our local communities, Lane County, Oregon and the nation.
This may sound like a daunting task, but the tasks of the PCP are spread out over the year, so a PCP should never be overwhelmed by the work. It helps to have a long-term plan; making the job easier and much more effective.
How much time does it take to be a PCP? The answer is “it depends.” Everyone has different demands on their life. Some have more time to contribute than others, so anything a PCP can contribute is helpful and will make a difference.
To get started download a PCP form, print and fill it out and bring it to our next Central committee meeting, held quarterly. Or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also mail it to Janice Vowles, Secretary, PO Box 757 Pleasant Hill, OR 97455