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Updated February 9, 2004

I Choose Howard Dean

I am convinced that Dean is the brains and guts of the Democratic Party.

Before Dean, most congressional Democrats (especially the other Democratic candidates) had no direction and seemed to be fearful of taking a stand against Bush on preemption, budgets, environment, globalization, and Iraq. Not Dean.

I've seen Dean's Hardball video interviews, watched video profiles, listened to radio interviews, and watched the debates. When considering who is the smartest and strongest candidate on the issues, the one who can stand strongest against Bush on preemption, budgets, environment, globalization, and Iraq issues, it's obvious, I choose Dean.

Even if Dean loses the primary, he will have unquestionably been the one who set the Democrat's course for the 2004 election.

How the Michigan Democratic Caucuses Work

1. When and where will the Democrats nominate a Presidential Candidate?

Democrats will nominate their candidates for President and Vice-President and adopt a platform at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. The Convention will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on July 26-29, 2004.

2. Who will represent Michigan at the National Convention?

Michigan will be represented by a delegation of 153 Delegates, 22 Alternates, 18 Convention Committee members and 4 Pages.

3. How will that delegation be selected?

The delegation will be selected in 3 steps. First, on Saturday, February 7, 2004, people can attend a Presidential Caucus in the county where they live to vote for their preferred candidate for President. Delegates to the National Convention will be apportioned based on the total vote for each presidential candidate from caucus sites, by mail and over the Internet.

Then, on April 3, 2004, 83 delegates and 15 alternates will be elected at 15 Congressional District Conventions based on the results of the February 7, 2004 Caucuses.

Finally, on May 15, 2004, based on the results of the February 7, 2004 Caucuses, 47 delegates, 7 alternates, 18 Convention Committee members and 4 pages will be elected at a meeting of the Democratic State Central Committee in the Metro Detroit area.

All of these elected delegates, alternates, committee members, and pages, together with 23 super-delegates – Michigan's Governor, 8 Federal lawmakers and 14 Democratic National Committee Members – will make up Michigan's delegation to the National Convention.

4. How can I run for delegate or alternate to the National Convention?

To qualify as a candidate for delegate or alternate, an individual must file a “declaration of candidacy” form with the MDP. The forms will be available from the MDP on January 1, 2004.

To run as a district level delegate or alternate, the declaration must be filed no later than 5:00 P.M. on March 4, 2004. To run as a state level delegate or alternate, the declaration must be filed by 5:00 P.M. on May 3, 2004. There are no exceptions to the deadlines. Presidential candidates have the right to approve all candidates for delegate or alt ernate pledged to them. After a person timely files and is approved by a presidential candidate, they must campaign for election as a delegate or alternate at the congressional district or state level.

5. Who is eligible to vote for delegates and alternates at the April 3, 2004 Congressional District Conventions?

Precinct delegates elected in August, 2002, certain nominees for county and legislative office and members of the Michigan Democratic Party who join the Party on or before March 4, 2004 are eligible to vote. No proxy votes are permitted. Party membership does not require a financial contribution.