What is a Republican Central Committee?
A Republican County Central Committee is the official Republican political organization within the county. The committee performs duties that are prescribed by law and does all things necessary to carry on a full-time Party program.
California law provides for the election of a Republican County Central Committee at every Presidential primary.
A candidate for a County Central committee must file nomination papers with 20 to 30 local signatures, whereupon his name is placed on the primary ballot to be voted on by members registered in his party within his own Supervisorial district. Term of office is four years, service is without pay, and the committee usually levies annual dues upon its members.
Each Committee holds a biennial organization meeting. Republicans meet the first Tuesday after the first Monday in December following the direct primary in June. At those times they elect a Chairman and other officers and committees it deems necessary and adopts rules or by-laws.
For counties like Ventura, which have four or less assembly districts, a complex mathematical formula based on supervisorial districts and election returns determines the number of central committee members.
Ex-officio members include nominees or incumbents for state senate and assembly, and nominees or incumbents of each of the following offices in the county in which they reside: Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Controller, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Member of State Board of Equalization, and Senator and Representative in Congress from California. Ex-officio members have all privileges including the right to vote in the central committee.