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2012 Democratic National Convention

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The Democratic National Convention is firmly held in American history as an historic event in the life of the nation. Nothing can compare to the thrill, excitement and exhilaration of witnessing our nation’s Democratic leaders share their vision, ideas and passion with fellow Democrats from all over the United States.

 

If you are interested in becoming a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, please refer the following resources and timeline.


COUNTY CONVENTIONS - Noon CT/ 1p.m. ET March 10th

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County Conventions will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 12 Noon (CT) or 1 PM (EST). County Conventions and the delegate selection process is restricted to Democratic voters who have signed a Pledge of Support Form. The completed form must be filed Credentials Committee during registration at the County Convention. All voting participants are required to sign the Pledge of Support form, which contains a declaration that the participant is a registered voter in the convention county, is a supporter of the Democratic Party and will support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2012 Presidential election.

Download: How Many People Can Our County Send to the Congressional District Convention?


CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CONVENTIONS - Noon CT/1p.m. ET March 24th

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The Congressional District Conventions will be held on March 24, 2012 at 12 Noon (CT) or 1 PM (EST). Only people who were elected at the County Conventions will be allowed to participate in the District Conventions.

The participation and delegate selection process is restricted to those delegates that have been elected at the County Conventions on March 10, 2012 to attend the Congressional District Conventions. Only the following whose names appear on the State Party Lists shall participate:

  1. Voting Delegates – those eligible to vote at the Congressional District convention and,
  2. Registered District Delegates – those registered with the state party to be delegates to the national convention. Only those who submit forms to the state party by the March 1, 2012 deadline are eligible.

Download: How Many District-Level Delegates and Alternates Does Our Congressional District Send to the National Convention?


OVERVIEW

In 2012, Tennessee will send a total of 91 Delegates and 7 Alternates to Charlotte, N.C. to attend the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 3 - 6.

If you want to join Tennessee's Delegation for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, you must be a bona fide Democrat and be selected as on of three types of Delegates: District-Level, At-Large or PLEO.

  • District-Level Delegates: 53 and 5 Alternates
  • At-Large Delegates: 18 and 2 Alternates
  • PLEO Delegates: 11


District-Level: Tennessee is allowed 53 District-Level Delegates and 5 Alternates chosen by our two-tier convention system, explained in "How to Become a Delegate." Each of Tennessee's nine Congressional Districts (CDs) are allocated a number of District-Level Delegates and Alternates, based on population and presidential voting from the 2004 and 2008 elections. Candidates for District-Level Delegate must submit a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support form to the TNDP by 12 p.m. on March 1. The District-Level Delegate process starts March 10 with County Conventions and concludes on March 24 at Congressional District Conventions.

 

At-Large: 18 At-Large Delegates and 2 Alternates are selected by the TNDP Executive Committee from a statewide pool and offer another way for Democrats to participate in the Democratic National Convention. Candidates for At-Large Delegate should submit a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support form, specifying their "At-Large" status, to the TNDP by 5:00 p.m. CST March 1st. There is an alternative filing deadline of March 31st, after the selection of PLEO candidates. At-Large Delegates and Alternates will be selected at the March 31 meeting of the TNDP Executive Committee in Nashville.

 

PLEO: Individuals shall be eligible for the pledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegate position according to the following priority: big city mayors and statewide elected officials (given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders. PLEO Delegate candidates must submit a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support form, specifying PLEO Filestatus, to the TNDP by 12 p.m. on March 26. Selection of PLEO Delegates will be confirmed at the March 31 meeting of the TNDP Executive Committee in Nashville.


 MEET THE DELEGATES

 DNC Delegate Candidates, these are the people running to be district, At Large, and PLEO delegates

 District Delegates, theses are the folks who get to vote at the district level convention (this list is being updated as we get more information)

  District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5

  District 6District 7District 8District 9


TIMELINE & KEY DATES

  • January 4 — Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support forms available at TNDP.org.
  • March 1 — Filing deadline for District-Level Delegates and Alternates: Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support forms must be completed and returned to the TNDP Headquarters by NOON (1 p.m. EST) on March 1.
  • March 1 — Filing deadline for At-Large Delegates and Alternates: Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support forms must be completed and returned to the TNDP Headquarters by 5 p.m. (6 p.m. EST) on March 1.
  • March 6 — Presidential Primary Election; all potential Delegates MUST vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary Election to qualify.
  • March 10 — County Convention: County parties select Voting Delegates to attend and vote at Congressional District Conventions.
  • March 24 — Congressional District Convention: each of Tennessee's nine Congressional Districts will select a predetermined number of District-Level Delegates and Alternates.
  • March 31 — TNDP Executive Committee selects all At-Large Delegates and Alternates and confirms PLEO Delegates along with the remainder of the Tennessee Delegation.
  • March 31 - Alternative filing deadline for At-large Delegates and Alternates.  Candidates wishing to file At-large, who did not already do so by March 1st, may do so after the selection of the PLEO delegates at the Executive Committee meeting in the Tennessee State House Chambers.
  • September 3 - 7 — Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.


2012 Democratic National Convention Resources
Official Democratic National Convention Website - http://www.demconvention.com/


Tennessee Delegate Selection Plan for 2012

The full Tennessee Delegate Selection Plan for the 2012 National Convention has been approved by the Democratic National Committee. You can view the entire delegate selection plan by clicking here: 2012 Delegate Selection Plan.


Affirmative Action Committee Roster

Nika Jackson, Co-Chair
Chris Anderson, Co-Chair
Maura Black Sullivan, Co-Chair
Fabian Bedne, Co-Chair
Cathy Heady
Kim Luton
Jordan Wilkins
Romel McMurry
Caraline Rickard
Michael King
Dwayne Thompson
Will Minter
Manuel Christi
Daniel Brown
TaJuan Stout Mitchell
Erin McCargar
Chris Sanders
Kim Webber
Linda Dotson
Jeanette Jackson
Sue O'Dell


County Convention Packets for County Chairs

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Comment by Letha R. Granberry on February 20, 2012 at 4:31pm

I agree with Meryl, A.D., and Sean. I am also working hard at trying to become a delegate. I think the three of are working toward a very important goal.

Comment by Meryl Rice on January 10, 2012 at 10:59pm

There was one category that was included last time that was missed this time.  That is Asian/Pacific Islander.  And I know there are enough Asians in Tennessee to have 1 delegate.  That means I will have to try extra hard to win at district level. I have worked really hard for the Democratic Party and for Democratic candidates and I feel I deserve something for that.  

Comment by A.D. Maynard on November 23, 2011 at 1:36pm

Now that I'm delaying my trip to Germany, I'm going to try to become a delegate! :) Hopefully fitting in two of the diversity groups will help my chances.

Comment by Sean Braisted on May 24, 2011 at 10:48pm

From what I can tell the Affirmative Action committee has put in a lot of work to make this the most representative DNC delegation in recent history.  I support the goals presented, especially the youth inclusion goals, that has worked to make sure those who vote Democrat in the elections are the ones voting at the Democratic National Convention.  I hope that the Executive Committee keeps these goals in place and that we can have the inclusive delegation that our party deserves.


Thanks,
Sean Braisted

Political Director, TNYD

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