FRANKFORT – Democrats from across the Commonwealth gathered at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on Saturday for the 2016 State Democratic Convention. Democrats elected party leaders and chose delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
“This is an exciting time for Democrats in Kentucky, and we are building momentum ahead of the key races in the fall,” said Rep. Sannie Overly, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party. “In March, when Democrats won three of four special elections across the Commonwealth, we saw how successful we can be when we work together.”
Approximately 1,500 Kentucky Democrats, who were elected at caucus meetings earlier this year, attended the convention. In addition to selecting Kentucky’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention, they also ratified the Kentucky Democratic Party’s selection of a chair and vice chair. Rep. Overly was elected chair in January and Neville Blakemore accepted the role as vice chair last week.
Kentucky’s delegation to the national convention will consist of 65 Democrats, including 55 pledged delegates, five unpledged delegates and five alternates. Based on the results of the Kentucky Democratic presidential primary on May 17, 28 of the pledged delegates will vote for Hillary Clinton and 27 will vote for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25-28.