Local Democrats explain delegate selection process

One of the hottest clean political stories of the year is the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Senator Barack Obama currently has a slight lead over Senator Hillary Clinton in the delegate count. But, how does the process really work?

That was the general topic of the Charlottesville / Albemarle Democratic breakfast for March 2008. Fred Hudson, Democratic Party chair for VirginiavDj(tm)s Fifth Congressional District, explains the process by which local folks can try to become delegates to the national convention in Denver. Jim Heilman, former Albemarle County Voter Registrar and current international consultant on elections, will review the fairness and intent of various nominating methods vDj” primaries, caucuses and backroom dealing. And a political scientist will review the history and politics of the nominating process1