Augusta Democrats who want to get more involved in statewide politics can run for one of five delegate slots at a July 26 party meeting, also known as a caucus, or attend to vote in the election.
“The caucus is designed to select delegates to participate in the convention,” said L.C. Myles, the first vice chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party. “If you swear to be a Democrat, you can go to the (Democratic) caucus.”
The Richmond County party needs five more delegates and three alternates to attend the Democratic State Convention, recently set for Aug. 9 in Dublin.
Myles said the state conventions, held every four years, were an exciting time when delegates meet party candidates and learn about and vote on party platform items, such as Medicaid expansion and medical marijuana. Other Democratic caucuses, such as the African-American and hispanic caucuses, may also submit platform items at the convention to be voted on.
Myles and Lowell Greenbaum, the chairman of the Richmond County party, were disappointed that Augusta Convention Center wasn’t the chosen site for the convention despite a concerted community effort to bring the event to Augusta.
Greenbaum, who couldn’t recall if the convention was ever held in Augusta, said “despite cooperation from various sources, it went to Dublin.”
The event will be at DuBose Porter Convention Center, named for former state representative DuBose Porter, elected last year to complete an unexpired term as statewide party chairman.
The convention also serves as backdrop for the Georgia Association of Democratic Party Chairs’ fundraising banquet. The association, over which Greenbaum is president, raises money for county parties to host get-out-the-vote efforts and other events.
Registered Richmond County voters seeking one of the delegate or alternate slots should arrive at Democratic party headquarters, 1101 Greene St., by 10 a.m. July 26 and expect to give a two-minute speech. The election will take place at 11 a.m..
Candidates receiving the most votes, alternating between men and women, win the slots, Greenbaum said.