|
|
Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Demo Days begins March 7

  • Both current state officials and people seeking election or re-election will gather with fellow Democrats today, March 7, for two days of events at the Hannibal Inn and Conference Center, 4141 Market St.
    • email print
      Comment
  • Both current state officials and people seeking election or re-election will gather with fellow Democrats today, March 7, for two days of events at the Hannibal Inn and Conference Center, 4141 Market St.
    This will be the 43rd annual Missouri Democrat Days, an event dedicated to “grass roots” workers. Matt Tharpe, president of Young Democrats of Missouri; and John Yancey are serving as co-chairmen.
    Registration for Demo Days will begin at noon today and continue through Saturday evening.
    More than 300 people will be attending, according to Treasurer Debbie Jackson, who reported on Thursday she already had more than 300 registrations.
    “I am almost sure our Marion County candidates will be there,” Jackson said. “They will have a hospitality room and some are up for re-election this year.”
    Mo. Secretary of State Jason Kander will be the keynote speaker at the banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday.
    The speaker at the 10 a.m. Saturday brunch will be Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster.
    Yancey reported that at the banquet former State Sen. Wes Shoemyer will speak on the Right to Farm bill.
    Yancey noted Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd will be presenting vocal music at both the brunch and banquet.
    Today’s schedule includes an Early Bird Party beginning at 2 p.m. and fish fry at 6:30 p.m.
    Music will be played by Uptown Strings Band from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today.
    Later today Rock N Roll Revival will play from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  The band also will perform after the banquet Saturday.
    On Saturday a coffee for all Democratic candidates will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by media conferences at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    At the 10 a.m. brunch a youth panel will be guests. Also on the brunch program are State Rep. Ed Schieffer; Tharpe, the Rev. G. Dale Norfolk; Emily Waggoner of the University of Missouri Young Democrats; and Dr. Bill Hedge, a Sixth District candidate for U.S. Congress.
    Several events are planned for Saturday prior to the banquet.
    Among additional participants at the banquet are Andrew Miller, vice president of the Young Democrats of Missouri; the Rev. Wesley Foster; and Shelby County Clerk Tracy Smith, who will present the Clarence Cannon Award.
    One event is planned on Sunday, breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lions Club in New London, sponsored by the Ralls County Democrats.
    Yancey expects a large turnout at Demo Days this year, because “there’s an election this year, and there is a lot of local interest.
    “Things are beginning to heat up for 2016,” Yancey continued, “and there is talk our governor (Jay Nixon) might have some interest in the ‘16 election. He can’t run for re-election, because he is going to be termed out, and there is talk of him seeking a national office.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Yancey added that Demo Days “will be a good time. … We will tell the world what the Republicans are doing wrong, and they will tell the world what the Democrats are doing wrong, but I believe they are doing more wrong than we are.”
    Demo Days is always popular, despite being in Northeast Missouri, Yancey said. “We feel like being up here in Northeast Missouri we are lucky to have people come here and support us. … The big cities are where the votes are, and they come here even though there are not a lot of votes. We are dedicated to the cause, and they come here to support us the way we support them.”

        calendar