The 2018 Massachusetts Republican Convention will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the DCU Center in Worcester. With the Republican Party on the rise in Central Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth, the MassGOP is excited to have our Convention return to Worcester as we kick off the 2018 election cycle. The 2018 Convention will serve to endorse for nomination candidates for statewide office. The Convention will also serve as an opportunity for our Party to rally together as we prepare to WIN in 2018.
Endorsement For Nomination Of Statewide Candidates
The Convention's primary role is to endorse statewide candidates for nomination ahead of the state primary election in September 2018. The Convention serves to endorse candidates for the Republican nomination for the offices of:
- United States Senator in Congress (Class I)
- Governor of the Commonwealth
- Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth
- Treasurer and Receiver-General
- Auditor of the Commonwealth
- Attorney General
- Secretary of the Commonwealth
Candidates who receive a majority of delegate votes at the convention will be considered the endorsed candidate of the Republican Party. Candidates must attain 15% of the delegates' vote on any ballot in order to qualify for ballot access for the state primary election.
Delegate Selection Process
Per the Convention Rules, there will be two types of delegates to the 2018 Convention: (1) Town Or Ward Committee Elected Delegates and (2) Ex Officio Delegates. All delegates must be registered Republicans within Massachusetts on or before December 31, 2017. In addition, all delegates must have paid any current and delinquent registration fees as required prior to receiving credentials (hardship waivers may be granted by petitioning the State Chair). Details on delegate fees will be provided soon.
Town Or Ward Committee Elected Delegates
Allocation: The largest number of delegates will be elected from Town and Ward Committees. As in years past, the number of delegates allocated to each ward or town is governed by a formula set forth in the Convention Rules: 1 delegate per every 300 votes received by the Republican gubernatorial candidate for the most recent election in which the Republican candidate was elected - in this case, Governor Baker's vote totals for the 2014 election. Click here to see the allocation of delegates by ward and town.
- December 31, 2017: Deadline for prospective delegates to be registered Republicans. Deadline by which any town or ward committee that wishes to elect delegates must be organized by OCPF.
- January 15, 2018: Deadline for town and ward committees to mail notices of the meeting to elect delegates
- February 1 - 28, 2018: Town and ward committees meet to elect delegates
- 5 Days After Meeting: Town and ward committees report the results of who was elected delegate via the MassGOP website (a link will be provided here and on our homepage)
- March 1 - 31, 2018: Credentials Committee meets to hear any challenges to delegate credentials
- April 28, 2018: Massachusetts Republican State Convention
Organizing Committees: In order to organize committees ahead of the Convention, you can click here to view Appendix III of the MassGOP Bylaws for the general procedure. See below for some key notes relative to this process.:
- If individuals were elected on the 2016 ballot to town or ward committees, they are the properly elected members, even if they failed to hold an organizational meeting. You must attempt to organize those individuals pursuant to Appendix 3.1.1.(for towns) or Appendix 3.2.1 (for wards) before organizing a committee from scratch.
- If no one was elected in 2016, a new committee can be organized from scratch.
- If a city has an organized City Committee, the procedures are different. The City Committee chairman must organize any new ward committees. In a city without an organized City Committee, the state committee members in that district are responsible for organizing. (note: city committees do not elect delegates; the individual ward committees do so)
- Some town and ward committees have set limits (lower than 35) on their number of members. These limits carry over from past cycles. Contact the MassGOP to determine whether or not your committee has specific limits.
Delegate Election Notice: Town and ward committees must provide notice of the date of their meeting to elect delegates by January 15, 2018. Notice must be provided to the MassGOP and to local state committee members. You can find details for the mailing addresses of your local state committee members at www.massgop.com/committee. The MassGOP's mailing address is:
85 Merrimac Street, #400
Boston, MA 02114
Delegate Election: The procedure for electing delegates is set forth in Section 4.1.3 of the Convention Rules. Committees may elect delegates in whatever manner they choose, provided they follow the below rules:
- A quorum of the committee membership must be present
- Only committee members that are present may vote; no proxy votes are allowed.
- Delegates must be selected by a majority of those present and voting.
- Delegates do not need to be members of the local committee to be elected, and need not be present to be elected.
Reporting: Following the election of delegates, the presiding officer must submit the list of elected delegates to the State Committee; either via electronic submission system created by the State Chair; or by mail to state party headquarters. All reports must be submitted within 5 days of the election; otherwise the results are invalidated.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How Can I Check If A Ward/Town Committee Is Organized Properly? Visit www.ocpf.us/Filers. Change the dropdown to "Local Party Committees." Search for a town or ward committee, then click on its name to load it. On the top-middle of the page, click on the "correspondence" tab and look for a "Statement of Organization" between April 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
- How Can I Find Which Individuals Were Listed On The Ballot For A Town/Ward Committee In 2016? The MassGOP can directly check if individuals were listed on the abllot. Only town and city clerks can provide the list of who was elected in 2016. If you need help, contact the MassGOP.
- Where Is OCPF's Organization Form? Click this link: www.massgop.com/committeeform.
- What If Deadlines Are Missed? The state chair can waive strict compliance with deadlines for a good cause, at her discretion. Some examples of where strict compliance would be waived: (a) a properly scheduled meeting on February 28 is snowed out and the committee holds a snow date in early March; (b) a committee holds an organization meeting before December 30, but OCPF doesn't process the paperwork until January; (c) a prospective delegate postmarks their voter registration form on December 31, but their local clerk doesn't process it until January 7.
Ex Officio Delegates
The following persons are eligible to serve as Ex Officio Delegates: (Note: The total number and proportions of the Ex Officio delegates remains unchanged from the 2014 convention). These individuals need not be elected by their local committees to serve.
- Regular Members of the State Committee
- Republican state senators and state representatives
- Republican Sheriffs and District Attorneys
- Republican County Commissioners, Registers of Probate, Registers of Deeds, Elected Clerks of Courts, and County Treasurers
- Republican Mayors, selectmen, aldermen, and city or town councilors, and school committee (municipal, regional, vocational) members, and elected members of local finance committees
- Chair of each Republican City, Town, or Ward Committee
- 150 members of the Convention Planning Committee selected by the Party Chair
- 150 members of the Massachusetts Republican Finance Committee selected by the Party Chair
- 25 registered Republicans selected by the National Committeewoman
- 25 registered Republicans selected by the National Committeeman
- Current and former Republican congressional members
- Current and former Republican state-wide officeholders
- Republican former state senators and state representatives
- All present and former Party Chairs and executive directors of the State Committee
- Republican Candidates for state representative and state senate who qualified for the ballot in 2016, only if members or associate members of their Republican town or city committee.
- Convention Rules: The Convention Rules were adopted unanimously by the State Committee on September 13, 2017. Click here to view the full Convention Rules.
- Allocation: A listing of the total number of delegates allocated to each town and ward committee, in accordance with the Convention Rules. Click here to see the allocation.
- MassGOP Bylaws Appendix III: Go directly to the section of the MassGOP Bylaws pertaining to the organization of local committees. Click here to see Appendix III.
- MassGOP Bylaws: See the entire Bylaws document. Click here.
Delegate / Guest Planning
The MassGOP is working to secure hotel blocks where rooms will be available at a discounted rate. Details on those accommodations will be available on this page soon. Discover Central Massachusetts, the visitors' bureau covering the City of Worcester is a great resource for all your planning around the Convention. Click here to see their list of local hotel options (select "Worcester").
Details on registration fees will be announced soon. Hardship waivers will be available by petition to the State Chair. Details on that process will be available soon.
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