Democratic Party officials are “optimistic” about turnout for Saturday’s convention, which will represent the unofficial opening of the party’s new downtown headquarters.
The convention will be preceded by a candidate meet and greet (from 9-10 a.m.) as well as a precinct caucus session (from 10-11 a.m.).
Convention proceedings will begin at 11 a.m. and are expecting to continue until 1 p.m.
With one eye on the general election in November, the Democrats will meet to choose delegates for the district convention (who then may be elected to the NC State Convention and the National Convention, to be held in Charlotte) and to plot campaign strategy.
“Beginning with the convention, we are looking at the coming months as an opportunity to move forward aggressively and to take back the state house and to get back on the correct agenda regarding education,” said party chairman Kenton Spencer.
While the new HQ will be ready to host the convention Saturday, it will not reach full operational status “no later than May 8,” said Spencer.
The party, according to Spencer, plans to coordinate general election campaign activities from the facility, including “message development, training … and phone banking.”
Also on the agenda for the convention is consideration of the “North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Amendment “ which would define marriage as being between one man and one woman.
“We will put it forth to the body, and see if they want to vote on a resolution,” said Spencer, adding that members of the LGBT community will be on hand to lobby against the amendment.
The county’s Democratic women’s group and the recently formed Young Democrats organization also plan to make use of the facility upon its completion.
“There’s still some cosmetic stuff left to be done, along with some work in the back” noted Spencer.