Tahlequah Daily Press

May 7, 2013

Democrats host district convention

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee County Democrat Party hosted the District 2 Convention Saturday, and according to area delegates, the turnout was good.

Cherokee County delegate and former state Sen. Jim Wilson attended, and was impressed by the event’s organization.

“It was a good convention,” said Wilson. “Everything went smoothly, and it was very well-organized. We got to hear Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. speak, we had some good food and spent time talking together.”

Wilson indicated a number of resolutions were passed.

“They weren’t too outside the norm,” said Wilson. “Generally, the people who get involved at the party level are adamant about their causes, but this time it was pretty moderate. Nobody tried to have marijuana legalized.”

According to Wilson, resolutions agreed upon included a number about health care.

“We re-affirmed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and passed a resolution for the expansion of Medicaid,” said Wilson.

Cherokee County Democrat Party Chairman Jim Bynum was very happy with the turnout.

“The convention went very well,” said Bynum. “Because our district is so vast, we had to recess in the morning to gain quorums because some delegates had to drive 300 miles to get here. We reconvened a little after 1 p.m., and finished business by 4:30. I believe we had about 200 to 250 attend. Now we have our sights set on state convention, which will be May 18 in Oklahoma City.”

An Adair County delegate explained the importance of the district conventions.

“These district meetings bring together grassroots local people who shape the party platform based on the solutions they identify using common sense,” said Tibbits. “One key resolution was supporting a clean Illinois River. That way people know – if you run for office and you are a Democrat, it is a given that you will protect the river.”