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Local Dems to elect delegates, alternates for state, DNC conventions

co-election-logo.JPGOn the heels of Tennessee’s Super Tuesday presidential primary, in which voters in 24 states will have the chance to cast their ballots for the candidate of their choice, Montgomery County Democrats will hold a County Convention on Saturday, February 9th, at noon to elect local delegates to the Congressional District Convention.

This is the first step in selecting a Tennessee delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

The meeting will take place at 2050 Ft Campbell Blvd (Kennedy Law Firm) with doors opening at 11:00 am. The county Convention convenes at noon. All Democratic residents who are eligible to vote in Montgomery County are urged to attend. At this time, the MCDP will elect delegates to attend the Congressional District Convention on February 23rd, 2008.

For more information, you may contact MontgomeryCounty Party Chair at (931) 645-9159 or (931) 801-6209.

150px-democratslogo.pngFor anyone interested in becoming a elected delegate or in how this process works, here are the rules:

To become a delegate to the 2008 DNC Convention in Denver, CO, you will need to follow the simple steps listed below:

  1. Make sure you are a registered voter in the State of Tennessee. All delegate candidates must be registered and eligible to vote in Tennessee’s February 5th, 2008 primary election.
  2. File a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support form with the Tennessee Democratic Party by 12 noon (CST) on January 29, 2008. This form is available on our website at www.tndp.org, at our office at 223 8th Avenue North, Suite 200 Nashville, TN 37203, or may be requested via phone at 615-327-9779. It must be returned by hand, mail, or via fax (615-327-9759) by 12 noon (CST) on January 29, 2008. You will be asked to choose which presidential candidate you are supporting.
  3. Attend your County Democratic Convention on Saturday, February 9th at 12 noon (CST) or 1 pm (EST). Each county will hold a convention on this date to select delegates to attend the Congressional District Conventions. Each county will be assigned a number of delegates for each presidential candidate based on the results of the February 5th primary. Each county party is requested to notify the public of the location of their convention not more than 14 days or less than seven days in advance of the convention. The state party will also have a listing of locations on its website at www.tndp.org or by calling 615-327-9779.
  4. Delegates elected at the County Democratic Conventions will then attend the Congressional District Conventions on Saturday, February 23rd at 12 noon (CST) or 1 pm (EST). Only delegates elected at the County Democratic Conventions will be eligible to attend the Congressional District Conventions. Each Congressional District will be assigned a number of delegates for each presidential candidate based on the results of the February 5th primary. Locations for these conventions will be announced at the County Democratic Conventions.

The 44 Delegates and seven Alternates will be selected at the Congressional District Convention will compromise the majority of the National Convention Delegation!

However, 15 At-Large Delegates and four Alternates will be selected by the State Democratic Executive Committee during their meeting on March 8th, 2008.

Anyone who has submitted a Statement of Candidacy and Presidential Preference form is eligible to be selected as an At-Large Delegate or Alternative. Additional at-large candidates have an alternate deadline of 12 noon (CST) on Friday, March 7th, 2008 to complete and return this form.

The entire Tennessee National Convention Delegation will be selected by March 8th, 2008.

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