Copiah Democrats to meet Saturday at fairgrounds

There will be a gathering of Democrats of Copiah County and surrounding areas at the Copiah County Fairgrounds in Gallman on Saturday, February 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fairgrounds can be reached off Interstate 55 at Exit 65.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the delegate selection plan of the Democratic Party, meet statewide candidates, and meet and greet local, county, district, and state Democratic elected officials.

All persons who participate in the election process of Copiah County are extended a special invitation, including poll workers, poll managers, and drivers.

Speakers will include Ronnie Musgrove, Al (Sterling) Tate, Ronnie Shows, and Rickey Cole.

Lunch will be served at 12 p.m.

YOU CAN HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEMOCRATIC PARTY

You can become involved in the Mississippi Democratic Party, help shape the organization’s future and help choose the party’s presidential nominee.

Everything begins Saturday, Feb. 23, when Democrats caucus their voting precincts – the first step on the way to county conventions, congressional district conventions, the state convention, and the national convention.

“This is a chance for Democrats who are interested in politics or the future of our great state to help shape the issues and values of the Mississippi Democratic Party,” said Wayne Dowdy, chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

“In essence, we will completely reorganize the Mississippi Democratic Party – something we do every four years and a procedure that will culminate on Saturday, June 7, at the state party convention in Jackson.”

Here is a look at the different steps in reorganizing the Mississippi Democratic Party:

Step 1: Precinct caucuses. Democrats will gather at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 23, in precincts where they vote. They will choose delegates to attend their county Democratic Party convention.

Step 2: County conventions. Delegates will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, for their county convention, which usually takes place in their county courthouse. On the agenda will be the election of members to the county Democratic executive committee and the election of delegates to the congressional district convention.

Step 3: Congressional district conventions. Delegates will meet at their congressional district conventions scheduled in April and May. Democrats attending will elect members to the state party executive committee as well as delegates to the state Democratic Party convention and delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Step 4: State convention. Delegates will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, in Jackson for the state party convention. Business will include the election of the remaining members to the state party executive committee, an 80-member body with 20 members from each congressional district. The executive committee is the governing body of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

Attendees at the state convention also will approve the state party platform; make any changes if needed to the state party constitution; and elect at-large delegates who will attend the Democratic National Convention, where the national party will nominate a presidential candidate.

“While it may seem overly complicated, it really isn’t,” Dowdy said.

“This process is designed with one purpose in mind: to make sure any and all interested Democrats can participate in reorganizing our party. By starting at the precinct level, we will allow thousands of Mississippi Democrats to be involved in our reorganization.

“I can’t stress enough how critical this is for the future of our state and our party. Every Mississippian has a chance to help reshape the state Democratic Party and have a say about where we are headed for the next four years.”

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