Strong turnout forces Democratic Party to move Saturday's county convention

Site to choose Austin delegates changed to accommodate expected overflow attendance

From Staff Reports

March 28, 2008 - Turnout at the Democratic Party's precinct conventions in March was so high that the political group's county convention tomorrow had to be moved to a bigger location.

The Hopkins County Democratic Party will hold its county convention Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m. at the Sulphur Springs Middle School cafeteria.

Hopkins County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Brannon said sign-in by presidential preference would begin about 9:15 p.m., with the convention starting promptly at 10 a.m.

Brannon said the convention had to be moved from its traditional location at the Hopkins County Courthouse District Courtroom to the middle school due to expected overflow attendance.

"It's a good problem to have," Brannon stated.

Like many areas of the state, Hopkins County's Democratic Party precinct conventions, which were held the night of the March party primary elections, drew far more people than normal due to the high interest in the race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the party's presidential nomination.

Voting at Saturday's county convention will be limited to delegates selected at the precinct conventions and elevated alternates (i.e., alternates elected at the precinct convention taking the place of elected delegates who do not appear at the county convention). But all interested Democrats are invited to attend the proceedings, Brannon added.

According to information on the Texas Democratic Party's website, the county convention is the next step in the state party's convention process. At the county convention, delegates elected at the precinct conventions gather to elect delegates to the Texas Democratic Party State Convention, which will be held June 6-7 in Austin. At the state meeting, 126 pledged delegates and 21 alternates will be chosen to go to the national convention, scheduled for Aug. 25-28 in Denver, Colo. Another 35 unpledged party and elected official delegates, 25 pledged party and elected official delegates and five alternates, and 42 at-large delegates and six alternates to the national convention will also be selected.

Hopkins County is in Senate District 2, which sends a total of 230 delegates to the state convention, almost half of them (110) from Dallas County. Hopkins County Democrats will choose 13 delegates to send to Austin.

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