Democrats start delegate process Saturday

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

If you want to get involved with Democratic Party politics in Mississippi, you’ll get your opportunity Saturday.
Every voting precinct will be open by 9:30 a.m. for a caucus meeting to elect delegates and alternates to county Democratic conventions March 10.
“The precinct caucus meeting is the first step in the process of choosing leaders for our party at the county, state and national level,” said Ricky Cole, party executive director.
Each county’s Democratic Executive Committee appoints a temporary chairman and secretary for the precinct caucus. Then, the voters who attend the caucus will elect their own leadership.
To participate, you must be a duly registered voter in that county and cast your ballot at that precinct.
Party rules insist that participants sign a statement that they are not affiliated with any other political party.
“Every Democrat is welcome to attend, and our participation is encouraged,” Cole said.
If by 10:30 a.m., no temporary caucus leadership appears, anyone can call the caucus to order.
Delegates to the county conventions March 10 must be evenly divided between men and women.
To be elected, a voter does not need to be present Saturday but must be a voter of that precinct and a Democrat.
County conventions begin at 10 a.m., usually in the county courthouse.
This process is separate but related to the election of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., set for Sept. 2-9.
Delegates elected from each county will vote on the convention delegates, but to run, candidates must file a statement with the state party.
March 5 is the deadline to file a statement of candidacy for delegate from Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District, when the district caucus is scheduled. The location hasn’t been announced yet.
The state party convention is June 2 in Jackson.

Democratic Party Caucuses
• Saturday, 10 a.m.

• Your local voting precinct

• To elect delegates, alternates to county convention March 10

• For information, email or call state
party office at (601) 969-2913

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