DC Delegates are chosen

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The DC Democratic State Committee held a caucus the first weekend of the month to choose the delegates who will represent the city at the Democratic National Convention this summer in Charlotte, N.C.
 
Would-be delegates had to receive votes from the three (?) congressional districts in order to secure a spot. 87 people were vying for only 15 delegate spots that will represent the two congressional districts for President Barack Obama. Chairwoman Anita Bonds commented that the turnout was great.
 
Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry (D) and Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans secured the top spots, busing many of their voters in to the poll, at University of District of Columbia’s auditorium at Van Ness.
 
At the end of the day, the State Committee was still tabulating votes for District 2, which serves wards 3, 4, 5 and 7. One delegate candidate, La Ruby May, said that the process was confusing and non-favorable for would-be candidates and voters east of the river. “The voters in wards 7 and 8 particularly were put at an disadvantage because the voting took place in Ward 2. No middle ground was chosen were people from across the city with various transportation obstacles could reach.”
 
Brandon Tristan Todd, former aid, now campaign manager to Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) received one of the slots, getting double what any other non-elected official received with over 300 votes.
 
Veronica Davis, a candidate from Ward 7 said she hoped the D.C. Democratic Committee would elect new faces, giving upcoming political would-be leaders a chance. She was unsuccessful in her quest as a candidate, tying in 5th place with Sylvia Brown, a Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.
 
Others complained that Council members like Barry and Evans took up spots for non-elected people. Linda Gillis, a Ward 6 resident said, “Barry and Evans should be ashamed of taking spots from people who dream of going to such a convention. When will elected officials stop being greedy and let the people get some shine?”
 

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