Mapp won a two-year term as chairman of the Democratic City Committee in June 2015. He asked "anyone who is qualified" for either the Third Ward or Citywide At-large seat to email their background and reasons for running to PDCC.email@example.com
The screening committee will be expected to recommend a slate by Feb. 24. The City Committee will then meet to endorse candidates, although Mapp reminded members that as chairman he has the authority to appoint anyone to run on the line.
A candidate must be "a legal voter of the city" and a resident for a least one year of the ward or wards to be represented, and will serve four years if elected, according to the city's special charter. All Democratic and Republican council candidates must file for the June 7 primary at the County Clerk's office by 4 p.m. on April 4.(Independents file by 4 p.m. on June 7.) Incumbents are Gloria Taylor in the Third Ward and Tracey Brown in the citywide at-large seat, for which she has already launched a re-election campaign.
Committee member Jim Spear said the group owed it to incumbents to "tell them what the process is going to be," but Mapp said it was an open meeting Friday that anyone could attend. He said he was sure people in the room would inform the incumbents.
Councilwoman Rebecca Williams said she will also post the details on her blog.
Also on Friday, members observed a moment of silence in remembrance of Lillian Jamar and Dottie Gutenkauf, both longtime Democratic City Committee stalwarts who died in 2015. The vacancies caused by their passing were filled, as well as another caused by a member's relocation due to a fire. Committee member Agurs Cathcart was named parliamentarian, succeeding Gutenkauf.
Mapp also discussed the need for poll workers for the June primary and November general election, as well as the April 19 school board election caused by a Board of Education decision to revert from November elections. The City Council moved school board elections from April to November in 2012, and after four years the BOE had the right to move them back to April.
Mapp said poll workers serve for one year. They can apply at the gmail address above, and must be available to take training. He said he gets to choose who the poll workers will be.
Regarding the three school board seats up for election, Mapp said there would be no party endorsement, but he expects a challenge to the incumbents.