Albemarle's Role in Selecting Congressional and Presidential Democratic Candidates

Who will be our Democratic nominee?You may wonder what’s next in the process to select our Democratic Nominees this year. For President, we voted on March 1st in Virginia in the Democratic Primary. Those results will determine how many pledged delegates from Virginia are allocated to Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Now we have to elect those delegates to the national convention.That happens in three steps. Hold that thought.

At the same time, we have to officially nominate our candidate to run for House of Representatives in the 5th District. Officially that takes places at the 5th District Convention.Currently only one candidate has filed, Albemarle’s very own Jane Dittmar.

Back to those steps:

Albemarle will hold a Caucus on April 18th (see the Call to Caucus) to elect delegates to the district and state conventions (not the national). All Albemarle Democrats who are registered to vote are eligible to attend this convention and help us select our 29 delegates and 7 alternates to the 5th District Convention and State Party Convention. A

Delegates elected at our caucus attend the 5th District Convention. The convention will formally nominate our candidate for the 5th District House of Representatives and elect district-level Delegates to the Democratic National Convention later in the summer. This event will be held in Nelson County on May 7th.

Those same Albemarle delegates will also attend the State Party Convention on June 18th. There, they will elect state level delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

If you want to read more about the process, check out the DemRulz blog or the Democratic Party of Virginia web site.

For now, what should you do?

If you want to participate in the process locally?

Just attend our Albemarle Caucus on April 18th (6 PM, Lane Auditorium, Albemarle County Office Building) if you are an Albemarle Democrat who is registered to vote.

If you wish to be a delegate to the district and state party conventions?

Pre-filing to be a delegate by filling out this form and submitting before April 11, 2016. (Word, PDF). Then attend the caucus on April 18th where we will select the delegates.

If you wish to run for election as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention?

You must pre-file (separate from the above process) by April 22nd. We’ll post these forms when we have them.

Regardless of whether you wish to participate in this process (and we hope you do), we’ll need your help to win in November!