Becoming an Arizona delegate: The Democratic process


– Election Day is
less than a year away, and the parties are gearing
up for the electoral process. In Arizona that means
preparing to select delgates to the National Convention.
We begin our look at the process with
the Democratic Party. (cheering) – [Man’s Voice]
Madame Secretary,
Arizona casts 34 votes for Senator Sanders! – [Christopher] On a recent
night, Democrats living on Tucson’s northwest
side gathered in a library meeting room to
learn about becoming a delegate for the 2020 convention
in Milwaukee. – Last time we had the
most diverse delegation in the nation, so we
have goals to reach for people with
disabilities, young people, equal male and female,
various ethnicities, that sort of thing. – [Christopher] The Arizona
Democratic delegation will be 79 people. They
have to run for the seat. Those elections are
among party members and take place at congressional
district conventions and the state
Democratic convention. The group also includes
some elected officials. – If we had a Democratic
governor, it would be automatic. Our congressional people,
senators, if they’re Democratic, would be automatic. The
second level is others, say legislators, mayors,
those kind of people, and there, it’s competitive. – [Christopher] Larry Bowdine
is the precinct committeeman for Legislative District
9, which includes the Catalina foothills. – I’d just like to
see it for myself and meet all of the
candidates face-to-face and basically do my part to
represent the people here in the foothills. – [Christopher] Alejandra
Guzman is focused on the issues in federal government. – We have brothers and
sisters, and we have our kids, our children that are
going hungry, that we have a lack of housing here. How
can you not do something? And I want to invite
all the Hispanic, please go out to vote. – [Christopher] Arizona is
not a winner-take-all state for the Democratic
delegates. The first vote at the convention that the
delegation takes will reflect the outcome of
Arizona’s presidential
preference election, which means the delegation
will vote the same way the candidate
percentages break down. The Democratic presidential
preference election is on March 17th, two
weeks after Super Tuesday.

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