Pitkin County Democrats select delegates to state convention | AspenTimes.com

Pitkin County Democrats select delegates to state convention

Charles Agar
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The wheels of democracy do not just move slowly; they’re square ” or so goes the old adage.

And Thursday evening, more than 100 Democratic Party members dug into the messy job of ratifying the Feb. 5 Democratic caucus vote and chose 29 delegates to vote at the state convention in Colorado Springs on May 17.

Mirroring the Obama win at the local caucus vote, the group chose six delegates to support Sen. Hillary Clinton and 23 delegates to represent Sen. Barack Obama.

Organizers said the turnout for Thursday’s Democratic Party Pitkin County Assembly/Convention was a record.

After presentations by party representatives ” including Randy Udall and Sen. Gail Schwartz ” the group voted in the delegates in what Camilla Auger, chair of the Pitkin County Democratic Party, admitted was a confusing process with a handful of new rules and guidelines.

Camilla and Raymond Auger were among the six delegates who will represent Clinton at the state convention in Colorado Springs.

After some confusion, and with the unique problem of more volunteers than slots to represent Obama at the convention, the group finally decided to choose two delegates from each of the 10 precincts in Pitkin County.

Among those who will represent Obama in May are Pitkin County Commissioner Jack Hatfield and former Aspen Mayor Bill Stirling.

For their efforts on behalf of Obama, Sen. Schwartz, Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland and Blanca O’Leary, the county’s Democratic Party vice-chair, were hand picked for the convention.

Also at Thursday’s convention, Pitkin County Commissioners Hatfield and Michael Owsley, who both face re-election in November, each asked and were granted support of the Democratic Party by unanimous votes.

And as the event wore on into the evening, the group debated a handful of resolutions on topics ranging from immigration and caucus procedure, to pro-choice matters, same-gender marriage, environmental standards, oil drilling on the Roan Plateau and the war in Iraq.


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