ARTICLE III: POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

SECTION 1. GENERAL POWERS

The Committee shall be vested with such power and authority allowed and guaranteed by laws of the State of Tennessee, which shall include, but not be limited to, those powers and responsibilities set out below.

SECTION 2. ENUMERATED POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities of the Committee include:

(a)  Deciding if and when to have State Party conventions and planning and directing such conventions.

(b)  Establishing the procedure for selecting Party nominees for offices for which the procedure is not established by statute (see TCA §§ 2-13-202, 203).

(c)  Establishing the procedure for selecting members of the Democratic National Committee, subject to the mandates of the Democratic National Committee.

(d)  Establishing the procedure for selecting delegates to the Democratic National Convention (see TCA §§ 2-13-301 through 320), subject to the mandates of the Democratic National Committee.

(e)  Functioning as the State Democratic Primary Board (see TCA §§ 2-13-102, et seq.).

(f)  Establishing the procedures and rules for organizing and functioning of County Democratic Executive Committees and maintaining close relationships with such committees.

(g)  Establishing and assuming responsibility for the operation of a State Democratic Party Headquarters.

(h) Engaging in planning and executing strategies to best utilize Committee resources to aid in the election of Democrats statewide.

(i) Providing for record keeping, including, but not limited to, a current list of all county parties and committees, minutes of meetings of this committee, and complete financial reports from the Treasurer.

(j) Performing any and all other functions necessary and proper to conduct the affairs of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

(k) Establishing the dates and times for county party and county executive committee reorganizations, which shall be held in odd-numbered years, pursuant to law.

(l) To the maximum extent allowed by law, the Tennessee Democratic Executive Committee shall insure that Party nominees for elected offices are bona fide Democrats as defined in Article IV, § 1, below. In the event that a county party, in compliance with its Bylaws, challenges a candidate for any office be it local, county, state or federal, against appearing on the ballot as a Democrat for failing to vote in at least three of the immediate prior five Democratic primaries, the challenge shall be referred to the County Party Development Committee which shall by a simple majority vote of its members make a recommendation to the State Party Chair. The Chair shall decide whether or not the candidate may appear on the ballot as a Democrat. The county party or the candidate has the right to appeal the Chair’s decision to the full Executive Committee which may overturn the Chair’s decision by a two-thirds vote of those present. The county party, Party Chair or the Executive Committee shall have the right to waive the foregoing prohibition against a candidate appearing on a ballot as a Democrat for good cause and when justice so requires.