Charlie Rodríguez underlines the island delegates strength in selecting presidential candidate
SAN JUAN - The Chairman of the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico Charlie Rodriguez announced the approval of the delegate selection plan for the Democratic National Convention to be held on July 2020 in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Rodriguez said that the final version of the plan was approved unanimously by the members of the Executive Committee. Rodriguez praised the process carried out to adopt the delegate selection plan as "comprehensive, participatory and transparent".
The Democrat leader in the Island informed that the plan was published in the web page www.prdems.org for a 30-day period prior to its adoption allowing scrutiny and comment by the public, and was provided to all local democratic leaders. "We received several comments and recommendations for amendments to the plan that were evaluated and adopted by the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez underlined that Puerto Rico will have 64 delegates at the Democratic National Convention, more delegates that 24 States of the Union. To date, the Democratic presidential primary is set by law to take place on June 7, 2020.
Rodriguez pointed out, however, that he is proposing to advance the Democratic primary for the month of March 2020. "Advancing the primary, coupled with the significant number of delegates from Puerto Rico, will increase our political influence and power in the process of selecting the candidate for President to head the 2020 Democratic ticket," he said
Rodriguez urged anyone who wants to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention to participate in the selection process that will begin in January 2020 by filing an application to become a delegate committed or uncommitted with a presidential candidate. Forms will be available at least 90 days prior to the Democratic presidential primary.
The Chairman of the local Democratic Party said that an outreach and inclusive program to publicize and promote the delegate selection plan will be implemented to ensure that the island delegates are representative of Puerto Rico. "We want to promote the participation of women, young people, seniors, members of the LGBTT community, veterans and labor in the selection of delegates", Rodriguez said.
For Rodriguez, the participation of Puerto Ricans in the presidential primaries "brings us closer to political equality with the United States and the achievement of statehood".