April 16, 2016 by David Dehlendorf
Activists supporting either Hillary or Bernie who were not elected as a delegate at the recent San Juan County Presidential Primary Precinct Caucuses, should not dispair. There are two other possible routes for you to the Democratic National Convention.
Alternate Routes for Election to the Democratic National Convention
By David Dehlendorf, Chair, San Juan County Democrats
The 104 delegates elected at the San Juan County Democratic Presidential Primary Precinct Caucuses on March 26 will have the opportunity to run to be elected as delegates to the Democratic National Convention on July 25-28 in Philadelphia. To be so selected, they must be successively selected at the next two intermediate steps, first as one of five delegates elected at the San Juan County Convention on May 1 in Friday Harbor to the 2nd Congressional District Caucus on May 21 at a location to be determined, then finally as one of seven delegates selected at the 2nd CD Caucus to the National Convention. At the 2nd CD Caucus, there will be a total of 144 delegates from various northwest counties competing for these seven positions. Our CD Caucus is one of 10 CD Caucuses to be held on the same date throughout the state at which a total of 67 delegates will be selected to the National Convention.
However, there are two other possible routes available to Democrats in San Juan County for election to the National Convention:
Additional Congressional District-Level Delegates – Unlimited number of applicants. Applicants for this position will join the five delegates from our County Convention at the 2nd CD Caucus on May 21 without having to attend the conventiom. Applicants must file a statement of candidacy (see link below) with the Washington State Democratic Party by 5:00 pm on May 6, 2016. At the 2nd CD Caucus they will be added to the pool of 144 delegates from all of the counties in our congressional district who will be eligible to run for the seven delegates to be elected there to the National Convention.
At-Large Delegate & Alternate – Unlimited number of applicants. Applicants must file a statement of candidacy (see link below) with the Washington State Democratic Party by 5:00 pm on June 10, 2016. A total of 22 At-Large Delegates and 7 At-Large Alternates from the entire state will be selected at the Democratic State Convention on June 19, 2016 by the State Party Committee representing the state’s legislative districts. The 22 At-Large Delegates will be allocated to each presidential candidate in proportion to the number of delegates each receives at the state’s 10 Democratic congressional district caucuses. In selecting these delegates and alternates, priority of consideration will be given to various minority groups as a means of helping the party comply with its affirmative action plan.
The statement of candidacy form for both of these positions is found at:
The table at the beginning of this articles lists two other routes to the National Convention, “Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates” and “Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs)”. The latter are the so-called Superdelegates. Neither of these routes is open to the general public. We will publish an article soon describing how these two additional groups of delegates are selected.
Please contact David Dehlendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about these two possible routes to the Democratic National Convention open to residents of San Juan County.