Here in Alaska, Republican officials are elected every two years through a two-stage local convention process:
The first stage is a District level convention, followed one to two months later by a State level convention. Each district should have a district level convention, though even at the district level there are inevitably some districts that fail to organize a convention due to inactivity at the local level.*
In 2010, the district conventions will take place sometime between February 11th and March 15th. The State Convention will be a two-day convention and will take place on April 16th-17th.
At the District convention the following key events will take place:
1) The Election of all District leaders, followed by the election of all Precinct Leaders,
2) The Election of Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the State Convention (see the number of delegates your district is entitled to elect),
3) Proposing and approving recommended changes to the Alaska Republican Party Rules (Bylaws/Constitution),
4) Proposing and approving Party Resolutions and Position Statements,
5) Proposing and approving recommended changes to the (Statewide) Party Platform,
6) Proposing and approving recommended changes to the (Statewide) Mission Statement,
7) Proposing and approving recommended changes to the (Statewide) Statement of Principles.
All recommendations approved at the District Convention will then be forwarded to the State Convention for a final vote.
* The Alaska Republican Party permits individual Precincts to organize and elect precinct leaders prior to the District convention if they so choose. However, in reality this very rarely takes place due to inactivity at the local level.