NH Democratic Party Announces Opening of Filing Period for 2012 Convention Delegate Candidates

Concord, NH - Today, the filing period opens for individuals wishing to be delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. New Hampshire Democrats will send 35 delegates to the convention, who will be selected in a process reflecting Democratic National Committee rules.


"The caucuses are a great opportunity to get involved in New Hampshire's long standing tradition of grassroots engagement and President Obama's exciting campaign," said Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. 


One caucus in each Congressional District will be held on January 14th, 2012 selecting 9 delegates each. New Hampshire Democrats wishing to be delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention must attend the caucus for their district.  The caucus for the first Congressional District will be held at the Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, while the caucus for the second Congressional District will be at the IBEW Hall in Concord.  Both caucuses will being promptly at 10 AM.


New Hampshire Democrats can declare their candidacy to be a delegate by completing this form found on www.nhdp.org, signing it, and returning it to the New Hampshire Democratic Party Office, at 105 North State Street in Concord, either in person or by mail by January 6th, 2012. 


In accordance with Democratic values, and using recent Census data, the New Hampshire Democratic Party has set Affirmative Action Goals for its convention delegation.  A numeric goal has been set for the Delegation to have twelve (12) representatives of the African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, LGBT, youth, disabled and other historically underrepresented groups, approximately 35% of the total delegates and alternates. In addition, the delegation will have equal representation by women and men. 


New Hampshire's delegation has achieved its diverse representation goals for each of the past five convention delegations, and in 2008 a majority of the delegates were first time convention attendees.


Individuals with questions about the New Hampshire Democratic Party's 2012 Convention Delegate Selection Plan and information requests by potential candidates can be directed to Sean Doyle at sdoyle@nhdp.org. All media inquiries can be directed to press@nhdp.org.


A full copy of the Delegate Selection Plan can be downloaded here.