DemDaily: Democrats Descend on Chicago

April 23, 2024

Last week, some 400 fired-up Democratic Party leaders from every state, DC and the territories came together at the Chicago Hilton for official party business and a behind-the-scenes preview of the venues, layout and logistics of the Democratic National Convention -- now just 118 days away!

The four-day meeting, which focused on all things convention, was the final before Democrats descend on The Windy City August 19-22 to nominate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for a second term.

The meeting kicked off Tuesday with the convening of the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) Executive Committee to approve members of the Convention Standing Committees, the administrative bodies of the convention.

The Convention Standing Committees include the Platform Committee, tasked with drafting the party's platform; the Rules Committee, which develops the Permanent Rules of the Convention and approves amendments to the DNC Charter and Bylaws; and the Credentials Committee, which will resolve questions concerning the seating of delegates and alternates to the Convention.

Under the 40-page Call for the 2024 Democratic National Convention, which defines the Party's rules, guidelines and processes for the convention and the nominating process, each standing committee has 162 members -- allocated to the states, DC, and the territories under the same distribution formula used to allocate convention delegates.

In addition, committee Co-Chairs, along with 25 Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) members who "represent the diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences that make up the [Democratic] Party," are nominated by the DNC Chair and approved by the Executive Council.

The Association of State Democratic Committees (ASDC) organized the agenda for the remaining three days -- an intense schedule of convention and political briefings, state party business, trainings, and presentations.

The ASDC, under the umbrella of the DNC, focuses exclusively on the needs of the 57 State Democratic Parties -- the backbone of the national party infrastructure. Nowhere was that more evident than in the energy that ran through every meeting in Chicago.

State Party Chairs, Vice Chairs and Executive Directors meet together only twice a year and the confluence of political figures, colleagues and friends from every corner of the country ignites a combustion of enthusiasm and celebration ...especially amid the reality of the historic election ahead of us this November.

ASDC, which is funded by member dues and the DNC, is dedicated to supporting and educating its members, building strong relationships with and among the 57 State Parties, and ensuring they have the training, tools and resources to help elect Democrats at all levels of office. Through the dedicated partnership between DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and ASDC President Ken Martin, state parties have seen unprecedented growth in resources and staff.

The highlight of the week, however, was Wednesday's briefings and tour of the United Center and McCormick Place -- the central sites for the convention.

The United Center, home to the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, holds 23,000 seats and will serve as the main venue for the evening convention.

McCormick Place will host daytime party affairs activities, including standing committees, councils, caucuses and smaller events. The new West Building boasts ample meeting space for coalition groups, state parties, vendors and others.

DNC, ASDC members and special guests were also treated to a welcome party Thursday night at Mi Tierra, hosted by the Chicago 2024 Host Committee, which serves as liaison and partner to the DNCC in raising the roughly $85 million necessary to support the Convention.

The next celebration will be less than four months from now when delegates and party members return to Chicago to renominate the President and officially launch the general election.

Regarding celebrations!: For the fourth presidential cycle, DemList will host the Democratic National Convention Calendar, which is expected to go live in the next month and is open for event submissions now.

DemList will keep you informed.

DemDaily: Your Convention Primer! 4/15/24
DemDaily: 2024 Presidential Primary Calendar. The Updates! 4/10/24
DemDaily: Call to the Convention Calendar 3/25/24
DemDaily: The Delegate Math 2/6/24

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