April 3, 2008

So, you want to be a Democratic kingmaker?

How it looked in 1936
Photo: Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Want to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, help choose between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? (And maybe Al Gore? Nah.) Hey, it's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it!

Wisconsin will have 92 delegates to the Aug. 25 convention, and some of those seats will be up for election in a process that starts this Sunday. State Democrats will choose 48 District delegates, 16 unpledged Party leaders and elected officials delegates, 2 unpledged add-on delegates, 10 pledged Party leader and elected officials delegates and 16 at-large delegates. And 12 alternates. The entire delegation is split 50/50 between men and women.

Based on the Wisconsin primary results, the 1st Congressional District will choose three Obama delegates and three Clinton delegates.

The process starts Sunday at noon, with a county caucus to be held at Union Hall 1840 Sycamore Ave., Racine.

As of April 2, 46 people filled out and filed the necessary Delegate Intent Form (with only 11 of them listed as favoring Hillary Clinton). Among the names you might recognize: Cory Mason, Gary Becker, John T. Dickert, Margaret Andrietsch and Michael Shields -- all for Barack Obama.

For a list of everyone who has filed a Delegate Intent Form, click HERE.

To run for one of the delegate spots you must file a copy of Delegate Intent form; to get one, click HERE. The forms must be returned to the State Party by Friday, April 4 at 5 p.m., and then you must attend the county caucus on Sunday.

Those voted on from the county caucus will be delegates to the Congressional District caucus on May 4. Ours will be held on May 4, at noon, at Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St, Bristol, WI. Delegates to the CD caucus will choose who will be sent to the national convention in Denver.

More information is HERE.

AND, for those of you of the other political persuasion, the 1st District Republican caucus will be held Saturday, April 5, at 9 a.m. at the Monte Carlo Room, 720 North Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. The Republican Party State Convention will be Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, in Stevens Point. The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held Sept. 1-4 in Minneapolis. The Wisconsin Republican Party website is HERE.

1 comment:

  1. Just a note on the caucus. You do NOT need to be a member of the Democratic party to participate. So, I encourage everyone to come out to the first tier (county level)caucus and see for yourself what they are like. It will almost automatically make you a delegate to the second tier (1st CD level)because we have so many slots available.
    At the second tier you can vote for who you want to send to Denver..hint, hint :)