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NMI DNC delegates excited for Convention Week

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(Press Release) — On March  14,  2020 the Democratic  Party of the Northern  Mariana  Islands   once again made history  by hosting  and participating   in its Democratic   Presidential   Caucus.

During  this event participants   exercised   their right  to vote  for their  preferred presidential    nominee,   along with delegates   to the national   convention.  The NMI voted Sen.  Bernie  Sanders  from Vermont  as the Democratic  presidential   nominee awarding  him 4 pledged  delegates while former  Vice  President  Joe Biden  received  2.

Joe Biden  eventually  went on to win several  state primaries  and caucuses  shortly  after which  led  to Bernie  Sanders  ending  his presidential   campaign   on April  8,  and endorsing him for president.

With Joe Biden as the "presumed"   presidential    nominee   for the convention, Bernie  Sanders  will still remain  on the ballot to gather  as many delegates as possible  to influence  the party's  platform   and other functions.   

Sanders  made  it clear that he viewed  Biden as the party's  nominee,  but that doesn't  mean  that Biden  is automatically   the official    Democratic   candidate.   He still has to receive  the party's nomination,   which  happens  at the Democratic  National  Convention  this  week.  If Biden secures  1,991    pledged   delegates   at the DNC,  which  now seems  likely,   he will be the official   nominee.

The NMI  Democratic   Party  is proud to announce  its  delegation    for this week's  virtual convention  held in  Milwaukee   Wisconsin.    Members  of the delegation  are as follows with the party's  automatic  delegates: Chairwoman/Delegation      Chair Nola  Kileleman Hix,  Vice  Party Chair   Daniel   Quitugua,   DNC National   Committeeman   Michael   White, DNC National   Committeewoman/CNMI   Rep.   Tina  Sablan,   U.S. Congressman   Gregorio  Kilili Camacho  Sablan,  with  Joany  Flores  from Tinian  as the delegation’s  page.  

The pledged   delegates  to Bernie  Sanders  are Stephen  Woodruff (Rules  Rep),  Fran Castro  (Credentials   Rep),  Sophia  Perez,  Bertran  Palacios,   and Christian  Punzalan  (Alternate).   The pledged  delegates  to Joe Biden  are Ambrose Bennett  (Platform  Rep),  Marie  Camacho,   and Eloise   Lopez  (Alternate).

“I am so proud  of our diverse  delegation   that consists  of a balance   between  males  and females,  seniors  and youths,  Tinian  & Rota representation,    Chamorros,   Carolinians, African  Americans,   Caucasians,   Asian  Americans,   people  with  disabilities,   and LGBQT+  representation,” said  NMI Democratic  Party Chairwoman  Nola  Kileleman  Hix.

“The NMI  is  a melting  pot and showcasing  our diversity  is what makes  the Democratic  Party a party  of inclusion.   We are the Peoples   Party and I'm  very excited  by the progress  made both locally  and nationally,” she added. 

All  participants   in  the  NMI   Caucus   voted  for  their  presidential    preference   and  also voted   for  members   our  DNC   delegation   that  placed   their   names   on  the  ballots   to become  an official  member  of our party's   history.   “That  is the beauty  of democracy   and although   we can't  vote  for president   having  a say in the nominee  with  11  votes  is  huge for the NMI,”  said National   Committeeman   Michael   White.

“I   was   looking   forward   to  participating    in  my  very   first convention    in  Milwaukee Wisconsin    but  I appreciate   the  DNC's   efforts  on  making  health  and  safety  a priority during  this  Covid-19  pandemic,”   said  delegate   Bertran Palacios.  “I won't   be there  to hang  out  with  the  team  during  this week's  convention   events  but I'll  be cheering  us on here  in Washington,    and will make my  vote  count  again  in  November   when  I  vote  for  President.” 

Said delegate  Marie  Camacho, “We are literally  the youngest  members  of the Democratic   Family  and I'm  excited  to be a part of local  and national    politics.   I belong   to a family   of die-hard  Democrats  and this is  truly  an  important   election   year  and  exciting  time  for  Democrats   everywhere.”

About the DNC

The 2020  Democratic   National  Convention   will be anchored  in Milwaukee,   Wisconsin on  Aug.   17-20.    The  convention   is  the  formal  event  during which  delegates  of the Democratic   Party  choose  the party's   nominees  for president   and vice president  in the 2020  election.  

At the convention,    the Democratic  Party  also  adopts the  official   party  platform   as  well  as  the  rules  and  procedures   governing party  activities,   including  the nomination  process  for presidential   candidates   in the next election  cycle.  For more  information visit,  www.demconvention.com

 

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