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26 delegates to represent Victoria in state Democratic convention

By JJ VELASQUEZ
June 24, 2010 at 1:24 a.m.

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Twenty-six delegates will represent Victoria County at the state Democratic Party convention that begins Friday in Corpus Christi.

A top item on the agenda is the election of the party chair. Texas Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie has served in that capacity for four years and faces a challenger in Michael Barnes.

"His opponent is not very well-known throughout the state," said Stephen Jabbour, Victoria County party chair.

Jabbour said roughly 5,000 people will gather at the convention where resolutions will be voted on and may be incorporated into the state party's platform, the body of actions a political party supports to address current issues.

Resolutions that the Victoria Democrats voted on include an amendment to repeal the electoral college, to have no presidential election results reported in the news until the West Coast states have closed their polls and for the state legislature to hold annual meetings, Jabbour said.

The party will also discuss measures to gain a majority in the state house of representatives, he said.

The convention will take place Friday and Saturday in the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.

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