Today, the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) has announced its 2014 Nomination process and launched the COPE 2014 Nomination Guide. COPE is the only civic party in this year’s election whose candidates will be democratically selected by the party’s membership.
The Nominations process is based on COPE’s commitment to open politics and participatory decision-making. As part of the process, COPE will hold internal candidates debates to ensure that the voices of all nominees are heard equally. COPE will also organize mentorship nights to help nominees and volunteers develop skills relevant to campaigning. These processes, in conjunction COPE’s new equity policy for elections, guarantee an open and transparent Nominations process that encourages diverse participation.
This open and democratic Nominations process is a continuation of both COPE’s history as a progressive democratic party and the success of the March 29-30, 2014 Policy Conference, where COPE membership collectively decided on COPE’s 2014 election platform.
“With our Nominations process, we want to make sure that there is an even and inclusive playing field for all potential nominees,” said Gretchen Dulmage, member of the COPE Elections Planning Committee and Executive Board. “We want anyone who supports and is passionate about COPE’s policies to be able to come forward as a nominee. And we want them to feel supported and empowered in the process.”
“If you have something to say about municipal politics and the pressing issues in our city, now is your opportunity to get involved. All voices will be heard in our process,” added Dulmage.
Nominees will campaign throughout the summer in advance of COPE’s Nominating Conference on September 7, 2014.
COPE held a press conference today at 10:30 a.m. on the north steps of City Hall to officially announce the Nominations process.