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Political Parties Looking for "State" Delegates

Local Dems and GOP'ers are getting ready for the big quadrennial events: the Democratic National Convention in August in Denver and the Republican National Convention in September in St. Paul, Minn.

The D.C. Democratic Party is seeking residents to serve as delegates to the District version of a State Convention. This is a chance, says party spokesman David Meadows, for residents to adopt the city's Democratic Party platform which will be used In Denver and with local and national elected officials to advocate for issues that are important to Washingtonians -- particularly full voting rights in Congress.

The D.C. Republican Committee will gather its partisans for the same purpose too, not at a state convention per se but at a series of public hearings, says party spokesman Paul Craney.

Local Democrats will meet Saturday May 3 in the Main Auditorium of the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Meadows says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and DNC Chairman Howard Dean have been invited to speak at the state convention.

The Republicans will soon announce a half dozen to 10 meetings to be held throughout the city for residents to gather and help shape the platform to be presented in St. Paul.

Meadows asks that Democrats interested in registering as a state delegate nominee contact him at (202) 347-7260 or Craney says Republicans will schedule their meetings for April and May, so stay tuned. For further information, Craney can be reached at (202) 289-8005 or through

By Sylvia Moreno  |  March 29, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Democrats & Republicans  
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