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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Dem National Convention: 'Heart and sweat' could make you a delegate

Barack Obama accepts the nomination at the 2012
Democratic National Convention.

Plainfield Democrats have an opportunity to become delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention next summer in Philadelphia, July 25-28.

A press release from the NJ Democratic State Committee issued Saturday outlines the process by which ordinary rank and file Democrats can have a crack at becoming a delegate to the national convention.

Here is the press release --

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee announces the opening of the application process for becoming a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25–28.

The process is highly competitive and it demands that New Jersey's delegation -- which will be chosen from districts across the state -- reflects the rich diversity in our state's Democratic electorate. Delegate positions are determined by the state’s presidential primary results, which is scheduled for June 7, 2016.

New Jersey Democrats interested in applying must submit a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support Form, available here All applications must be received by March 16, 2016.

Completed applications will be forwarded to the campaign of the Presidential candidate to whom prospective candidates are pledging support. Prospective delegates and alternates are expected to campaign within their delegate districts on behalf of their candidates. Presidential Campaigns will be responsible for selecting their delegate candidates. Once a candidate has been selected by the campaign, that candidate must file a petition with 100 valid signatures of registered Democrats who live within their Delegate District. The petition must be filed with the New Jersey Division of Elections no later than 4pm on April 4, 2016.

“The delegation selection process is very competitive, and given the close proximity of Philadelphia, I expect the competition for New Jersey's delegate and alternate positions to be even more robust than ever," said John Currie, the Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. "The best advice I can give to those hoping to emerge from a crowded field of applicants is to work hard at the local level. Without question, people take notice of the contributions that activists make to supporting our ticket and building the Party; they judge delegate candidates on the amount of heart and sweat they give to the campaign."

Special efforts are being made to encourage women, ethnic minorities, LGBT, youth and disabled, among others, to participate fully in the Delegate Selection Process at all levels. Half of the state’s delegation to the National Convention must be women.
Mind those deadlines, and get to work!

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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