Gearing up for what’s sure to be a hard-fought general election in November, Cleveland County Democrats will gather Saturday, April 5, for the county party’s annual spring convention. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. till noon in the auditorium of the County Office Building at 130 S. Post Rd. in Shelby.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m
Those attending will include voting delegates elected at recent Dem precinct organization meetings, party leaders, elected officials and candidates. As county Democratic chair Nick Carpenter notes, the convention is also open to any local registered Dem who’s interested, and admission is free. “We invite longtime party supporters and newcomers alike to come and engage with us at the grassroots,” he said.
The convention’s business agenda will include party matters such as the election of delegates to the Tenth District and state Democratic conventions and consideration of resolutions coming forward from precincts and otherwise.
The overall program will have two main themes. One is hearing from Democratic primary candidates, some first-timers seeking the party’s nomination April 6 and some with no primary opposition who’ll be looking toward the fall campaign. That campaign and preparing for it will be the convention’s other theme—“making sure we turn up and turn out to elect our party’s slate,” Carpenter said.
The convention will again take a brief break for its lively fund-raising auction of donated baked goods, crafts, plants, and the like. Money raised supports fall campaign activities.