The official role of a Precinct Delegate is to attend all County Conventions during the two-year term. The number of County Conventions varies from three to four depending on if it is a Presidential or Gubernatorial cycle. In addition, Precinct Delegates are involved in helping local parties and candidates in a variety of activities.
What specifically occurs at each of these Conventions?
At the August County Convention the newly elected Precinct Delegates meet together to elect delegates and alternates to the State Convention. At this State Convention the delegates will elect candidates for the following statewide offices:
- Lieutenant Governor
- Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- Michigan Supreme Court (2)
- Michigan State University Board of Trustees (2)
- Wayne State University Board of Governors (2)
- State Board of Education (2)
At this State Convention in Presidential election years all of these statewide offices are elected except for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General. These positions are four-year terms and only elected in the gubernatorial election year.
At the November County Convention Precinct Delegates elect the members of the County Executive Committee. The members of the Executive Committee serve a two-year term.
At the January County Convention Precinct Delegates elect delegates and alternates to the State Convention. The State Convention is in late January or early February and is held to elect the Republican State Party leadership. The leadership elected at this convention are:
- State Chairman
- Six Vice-Chairmen
- State Committee Members
- District Exec. Comm. Members
- District Officers
During Presidential election years there is an additional County Convention in April.
During this County Convention the Precinct Delegates again elect people to be delegates and alternates to the State Convention in May. At the May state convention the delegates elect people to be delegates to the Republican National Convention and elect the Republican National Committeeman and Committeewomen from Michigan.
How do I know when and where the Conventions take place?
About thirty days before the County Convention, Precinct Delegates should receive an official call to Convention. The official call will be sent out by the Republican County Chair and will give all of the details of the County Convention. If you are elected a Delegate or an Alternate to a State Convention you will receive information from the Michigan Republican State Committee.