Election Central

Ada Democrats to elect state convention delegates next week, hear from top candidates

Ada County Democrats are entitled to send 128 delegates to the state convention in Moscow in June and will caucus April 3 at Borah High School to choose them. Several candidates for statewide office are expected to give speeches.

At the Idaho Democratic Party’s  state convention June 20-22, delegates will write a platform, elect party officials and organize their efforts to boost their numbers against one of the most dominant majority parties in the country, the Idaho Republican Party.

Currently, the GOP controls all four Idaho seats in Congress, all seven statewide offices and 85 of the 105 seats in the Legislature. But Democrats do have a legacy of success, having controlled the governorship from 1971-1995, with Govs. Cecil Andrus and John Evans.

The caucus opens at 6 p.m., with the formalities starting at 6:30 p.m. Anyone calling themselves a Democrat who will be registered to vote in November is eligible to be a delegate.

For more information, contact Ada County Democratic Chairman Christopher Lavelle at 340-2369, chair@adademocrats.org. Also: Idaho Democratic Party, 336-1815 or info@idahodems.org

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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