Pre-Primary Qualifying Democratic Caucus
|May 21, 2016--DC Democrats voted
on candidates for delegate at the party's pre-primary qualifying caucus
at the Washington Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.
to 10:30 p.m.. The caucus was organized into two congressional
districts: CD1, containing Wards 1, 2, 6 and 8, and CD2, containing
Wards 3,4,5 and 7. Signage was not as clear as it might have
been. After registering in the proper congressional district,
Democratic voters then cast their ballots for Clinton, Sanders or
Uncommitted in different caucus rooms.
Outside the respective registration rooms and caucus rooms, delegate candidates and their supporters spoke to voters and handed out flyers. The Clinton and Sanders campaigns had buttons, signs and literature and longshot candidate Rocque "Rocky" De La Fuente also had materials and a representative on hand. Unlike in delegate selection processes in a number of states, the delegate candidates did not make speeches.
There were many more Clinton delegate candidates than Sanders delegate candidates (a total of 55 compared to 12 on the ballots*). Many of the Clinton delegate candidates had grouped into slates (Democrats Moving Forward for Hillary, Hill Yeah!, Hillary Rocks the Capital (HRC), the Official Hillary Clinton Slate [ed. it was not official], Millennials for Hillary, and Love Trumps Hate), but there were also candidates running independent of slates. [candidate statements (PDF)]
Number of Delegate Candidates
*Several write-in female delegate candidates showed up outside the CD 2 caucus room.
Allocation of the delegates depends on the results of DC's last in the nation (LITN) June 12 primary.
|Caucus rooms were really just
rooms with the ballot boxes.
|Anita Bonds has served as chair of the DC Democratic State Committee since Nov. 2016. She also serves on the DC City Council (since Dec. 2012).|
|DNC vice chair Donna Brazile
stopped by to greet attendees, emphasizing that she is
|Activists from Good Job Nation,
let by campaign director Joseph Geevarghese (blue shirt in back right),
advocated for a $15 / hour wage for federally contracted workers.
|Heidy Estevez represented Rocky
De La Fuente' campaign.