Knoxville — The attendance for the Marion County Democrats' county convention on March 8 was better than that of two years ago, according to Party Chair Anita Martin.
Martin said that Saturday's convention was attended by 18 delegates and two alternates. That number represents 75 percent of delegates elected to the convention at the previous stage. Marion County will send seven delegates and one alternate to the District Convention on April 26 in Newton.
Those taking on convention leadership roles from Marion County will be Martin, Fundraising; Ken Isaak, Credentials; Ron Long, Rules; Megan Suhr, Platform.
The only candidate to address the Marion County Democrats was County Treasurer Denise Emal, who is seeking reelection. Representatives for gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch and US Senate candidate Bruce Braley also spoke on their candidates' behalf. Letters were read for other canddiates, including Second Congressional District Rep. Dave Loebsack.
Martin said she is still actively trying to recruit candidates for local and state offices. Many of the offices up for election in November locally do not have a Democratic candidate attached to them.
The Marion County Democrats did not add many new planks to the party's platform. Martin said those in attendance were more focused on the wording of the planks and legislation. For instance, the Democrats want the North American Free Trade Agreement to be changed to the North American Fair Trade Agreement.
Medical marijuana was also discussed. The Democrats said they support the legalization and taxation of the substance.
The Democrats' state convention will be June 21. In the meantime, and throughout the rest of the election process through November, Martin said she will focus on finding candidates and encouraging everyone to vote in the election.