Friday, January 04, 2008

2008 R.I. Democratic Delegates

Democrats encouraged to declare candidacy to become Delegates to the 2008 National Convention Declaration period runs January 7 - January 9, 2008

PAWTUCKET- With the declaration period approaching and on the heels of the Iowa Caucus, the Rhode Island Democratic Party is calling on Democrats all across the state to declare their candidacy and run for delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Delegates will travel, at their own expense, to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado from August 25th to August 28th, 2008.
To qualify as a candidate for delegate in Rhode Island's March 4th Presidential Preference Primary candidates must declare between 8AM on this upcoming Monday (Jan. 7) through Wednesday at 4PM (Jan. 9) with the Rhode Island Secretary of State Elections Division, located at 148 West River Street in Providence. In addition candidates must also file the Rhode Island Democratic Party's Pledge of Support Form which, for convenience, is distributed at the time and location of declaration. The Pledge of Support form is also available on the Rhode Island Democratic Party's Web site, http://www.ridemocrats.org/
Once declarations have been submitted, the Secretary of State's Elections Division will produce nomination papers. To qualify for the ballot, all declared candidates for delegate must collect at least 150 signatures from qualified voters within the Congressional District from which they are running.
The Rhode Island Democratic Party is especially encouraging minorities, woman, and members of the Gay Lesbian Bi-sexual and Transgender community to campaign to become delegates. "Historically, the delegations to national conventions from Rhode Island have been diverse groups of Democrats and we encourage this trend to continue so that Rhode Island's Democratic demographic make up is properly represented at the National Convention in Denver," said Chairman of the State Democratic Party William Lynch.
Rhode Island's March 4th, 2008 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary is a binding primary and the first determining step in the two-part process. During the March 4th Primary the voters of Rhode Island will elect 13 delegates and 3 alternates to the National Convention, with six delegates from the First Congressional District [ours] and seven from the Second Congressional District. For more information on the Rhode Island Democratic Party's Delegate Selection Process and for a copy of the Delegate Selection Plan please visit the RIDP Web site, http://www.ridemocrats.org/.

Thanks to Tim Grilo for sending this out.
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