Local Democrats want grassroots participation to build stronger party

Published 9:20 am Sunday, February 18, 2024

Lafayette County’s Democratic Party is participating in an effort to increase grassroots party involvement and to solicit public input in the 2024 state party platform, according to the county party’s chair, Cristen Hemmins.
All Democrats are invited to participate in special Democratic meetings at the precinct polling places where they vote in state elections, except:

  • Oxford Conference Center voters will meet at the Hampton Inn Conference Center board
    room, 97 Ed Perry Blvd.
  • College Hill precinct voters will meet at the Greater St. John Church, 329 CR 103.
  • Anchor-Taylor will meet at the Taylor Community Center, 78 First Street, Taylor.
  • The Airport Grocery, Paris, and Tula voters will all meet at the old health department, 101 Center Ridge Drive (Highway 7 South), Oxford.

These precinct caucuses will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

Hemmins, who chairs the county Democratic executive committee, explained the importance of
the precinct caucuses.

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“The Democratic Party has to become more aggressive throughout Mississippi in our efforts to
engage and serve the general public. We believe that leaders must listen to the concerns and
hopes of our neighbors so we invite every concerned Democrat to bring us their ideas on Feb. 24.
This is only the first of many in-depth conversations about the future of our party and our region.
We are committed to building a better Democratic Party in Mississippi.”

The precinct caucuses are the grassroots first step in the collection of party platform ideas and the selection of local, state and national party leaders, Hemmins explained. County, district, state and national conventions will follow in March and August of this year, culminating in the presidential nominating convention.

At least two Mississippians will be chosen to represent the 1st Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention in August in Chicago.

The county convention is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Lafayette County Chancery Courthouse, 300 N. Lamar Blvd.

For more information, call Cristen Hemmins at 662-801-5357.