May 9, 2016


NEW CASTLE - On Saturday, May 7, Democrats from across the State of Delaware gathered in Dover to elect the State’s National Convention Delegation.

State Caucus Delegates from the Party’s four subdivisions (New Castle, Kent, Sussex, and Wilmington) elected individuals to represent their region at the National Convention, in Philadelphia. These Subdivision Level National Delegates then elected the state’s remaining pledged delegation.

The state’s unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates did not play a role in selecting Delaware National Convention Delegation.

Delaware’s Pledged National Convention Delegation is made up of:

  • 14 subdivision-level: Italo Carrieri-Russo, Catherine Ciferni, Mitch Crane, Douglas Drummond, Sean Finnigan, Margaret Fuller, Courtney McGregor, Betsy Maron,Colby Owens, Erik Raser-Schramm, Janet Selden, Glen Schmiesing, Sandy Taylor, and Valarie Thompson.    
  • 2 Pledged PLEO Delegates: Senate President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins and Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory
  • 5 At-Large Delegates: Rep. Debra Heffernan, Christofer Johnson, Terri McIvor, Mona Parikh, and Lydia York
  • 2 At-Large Alternates: Maria Cabrera and Jeff Day
The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Key points of the 2016 Delegate Selection Plan:

Delaware will send 31 delegates and 2 alternates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. This delegation will be made up of:

  • 14 subdivision-level delegates, consisting of 8 delegates from rural New Castle County, 2 delegates from Kent County, 2 delegates from Sussex County, and 2 delegates from the City of Wilmington;
  • 5 at-large delegates that can be from anywhere in the state;
  • 10 unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates, which includes the Governor, members of Congress, Delawarean members of the Democratic National Committee and other distinguished party leaders;
  • 2 pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEO) delegates;
  • 2 alternate delegates that can be from anywhere in the state.