Constitution Party of Tennessee

Article XIII - Candidate Vetting

The vetting process will be established by the Executive Committee and shall be used for all candidates wishing to use the party association, candidates for State and County Party offices, and for candidates running for public office.

Upon adoption of these ByLaws, all existing County Executive Committees and State Executive Committee must be properly vetted according to the provisions outlined in this document.

The vetting process must include, but not necessarily limited to the following:

Section 1. - Questionnaire

A questionnaire will be created by the Candidate Vetting and Accountability Committee and approved by majority vote from members of the State Executive Committee. The questionnaire will contain objective questions that can only be answered with YES or NO.

The questionnaire will provide space for candidates that would like to elaborate. However, only the “yes” or “no” answer will be scored.

Section 2. - Commitment Letter

A commitment letter will be created by the Candidate Vetting and Accountability Committee and approved by majority vote from members of the State Executive Committee.

Section 3. - Candidate Prerequisite and Commitment

Before being considered as a candidate for the Constitution Party, the candidate will complete the questionnaire and sign a commitment letter. The candidate will sign this letter signifying their acceptance.

The commitment letter serves as a contract between the members of the Constitution Party and the candidate.

    1. The consideration for the candidate for public office is that they will receive material support during their campaign. The consideration for the members of the Constitution Party is that they will have an elected official who will, based on their oath and through legal terms, uphold the Constitution of the United States of American, Tennessee Constitution, or the Constitution Party Platform.
    2. The consideration of the candidate for State or County office is that they will be able to become a leader of the State or their County Party. The consideration for the members of the State and County Parties is that they are helping to get the individual elected so that they can lead the State or County Party according to Constitutional principles.

Section 4. - Request for Resignation

In the event the elected official or state or county official violates the commitment letter or votes to violate the Constitution of the United States of America, the Tennessee Constitution, or the Constitution Party Platform and has received three successful No Confidence vote petitions, the elected official will voluntarily resign and the state or county official will resign from their office immediately.

Section 5. - Pursuing Remedy

In the event that the elected official, state or county official does not resign, the following actions will be taken.

    1. The elected official is considered to be in breach of contract and a press release will be issued.
    2. State or County officials will be removed from office immediately by order of the State Chairman.