Local Democrats will gather Saturday, April 14, for the annual Cleveland County Democratic Convention--another step in the party process that will culminate in the nomination of Barack Obama to be standard-bearer in the presidential election in November.
The convention will be called to order at 10:00 a. m. in the auditorium of the Cleveland County Office (Agriculture) Building at 130 S. Post Rd. in Shelby, with registration starting at 9:00 a.m.
Voting delegates at the convention will be those elected at the local party’s annual precinct meetings held earlier this month. However, says Party Chair Davy Lowman, the convention is open to all registered Democrats living in the county who are interested in politics and government. “Oldtimers and newcomers are welcome.”
A key agenda item is the election of county party delegates to the Democratic Tenth Congressional District Convention to be held May 19 in Valdese and comprising the district’s “old” boundaries before redistricting. It’s at this and other district conventions across the state that many delegates will be elected to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in September. So it’s quite likely, Lowman said, that some Dems who’ve applied to be national delegates will be on hand at the local convention to campaign for Cleveland County’s 61 district votes.
Democratic candidates seeking the party’s nomination in the May 8 primary election are invited to be recognized and provide brief comments at the convention if they choose. The convention will also hear greetings from Gov. Bev Perdue and N. C. Democratic Party Chair David Parker, act on resolutions coming from precincts, elect local delegates to the state party convention June 16, and elect members to serve on prosecutorial, state senatorial, and state house of representatives district committees.
As a side feature, the convention will again hold its popular fundraising auction in which bidders vie to win baked goods, art and craft items, and other contributions from volunteers, Democratic Women members, and elected officials.
For more information about the event or party, contact Pat Poston at email@example.com or telephone 704.457.9840.