The Democratic Party is organized on three levels. These are National, State, and County, with each having their own “Central Committee.”
The Central Committee acts as the governing body for the Democratic Party, or any party under the Maryland State Constitution. In Maryland, each County has its own elected members of their Central Committee, which are elected in that Party’s Primary Election. (cite needed)
In Montgomery County, the Central Committee is divided into the 8 State Legislative Districts with 2 members each, and 8 At-Large members. Our By-laws do restrict the number of voting members in each legislative district to 4.
Gender Balance is required by the State Democratic Party rules so that there are an equal number of women and men on the committee at all times. This provision creates additional seats on the committee if the elected members are not in gender balance. These members are appointed by the committee when necessary and they have full voting rights.
The Maryland Constitution allows for a Central Committee to play a role in the appointment of vacancies in State office. Therefore, your Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) is called on to pick a successor in the event of a vacancy in State office (this only occurs if the vacancy occurs before or after an election).