1. What will Delegates do at the 2018 Maine Democratic State Convention?

  • Connect and share ideas with fellow Democrats from across the state.
  • Meet and talk with Maine’s Democratic leaders, legislators, and legislative candidates.
  • Hear from candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Governor, the 2nd Congressional District, and US Senate.
  • Attend activist workshops.
  • Talk with our partners who will have information tables in the convention hall.
  • Adopt the Rules that will govern the Maine Democratic Party for the next two years. (See #17 for more details.)
  • Debate and adopt the Maine Democratic Party Platform. (See #18 for more details.)
  • Attend exciting events such as the Convention Welcome Reception, receptions hosted by various candidates, the Emerge Maine Breakfast (tickets sold out), and the Maine Democratic Party Victory Party (ticket required).
  • Elect their county’s Democratic State Committee (DSC) members for the next two years. The DSC serves as the governing board of the Maine Democratic Party (MDP). It elects the MDP’s leadership and votes on all of the organization’s business that is required to come before the committee.

2. Should Alternates attend the Convention?

  • Yes! Most Alternates will be upgraded to Delegates before the convention. If they are not upgraded before the convention, then it is very likely they will be upgraded to Delegate after check-in closes on Saturday morning.

3. What will be asked of Delegates? Do they need to prepare anything?

  • Delegates are required to check in by  9:30 AM on Saturday.
  • Delegates will be asked to vote to adopt the Rules (Friday night), adopt the Platform (Saturday morning), and attend their County Caucus (Saturday afternoon).
  • We’d suggest that all Delegates read the DRAFT 2018 Maine Democratic Party Platform.
  • For Delegates interested in running for the Democratic State Committee, candidate petitions are due May 4th.
     

4. Do Delegates need to be there all three days, Friday through Sunday?

  • Delegates are only required to attend on Saturday, and must be checked in by 9:30 AM.
  • Delegates are not required to attend on Friday, but there will be a lot of exciting events that day — activist workshops, the 2nd Congressional District and US Senate candidates will speak, and the Maine Democratic Party Rules will be voted on.
  • Only people who are elected to the new Democratic State Committee need to attend on Sunday.

5. Where should I park?

  • The Androscoggin Bank Colisee has a large parking lot. We don’t anticipate any difficulty finding parking.

6. Can I bring my own food into the Colisee?

  • Our contract with the Colisee prohibits outside food from being brought into the venue. (See #s 7 & 8.)

7. Will there be gluten-free and vegan food options?

  • Gluten-free or vegan food options will not be provided. You are welcome to bring your own food and leave it in your vehicle.
  • To find local restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dining options, check out the Chamber’s listing of area restaurants.

8. What are my options are if I’m not interested in the box lunch?

  • The Colisee concession stands will be open. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch in a cooler in your vehicle — you will have easy access and time to go to your vehicle.

9. Can I bring my own water into the Colisee?

  • Yes, water bottles (containing water only) are allowed.

10. Where should I stay? Is there a discount available?

  • You can check out our list of Lewiston area hotels for our recommended accommodations. Unfortunately, we were not able to negotiate any discounts for Convention Delegates.

11. To attend the workshops, do I need to be a Delegate or have a  Delegate badge?

  • No, the workshops are open to the public.

12. When do I need to be checked in each day?

  • You only need to check-in when you first arrive. When you check-in you will receive your convention credential, which will be your pass for the rest of the weekend.
  • Delegates will need to have a credential to be allowed on the convention floor and vote on party business.
  • Check-in is open Friday from 12:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM for Delegates.
  • Check-in for Delegates and Alternates will close permanently at 9:30 AM on Saturday morning. All Delegates and Alternates must be checked in by then. Guests may continue to check-in.
  • Shortly after 9:30 AM on Saturday any checked-in Alternates may be upgraded to Delegate.

13. Am I allowed to attend the Convention if I am not a Delegate?

  • Yes, you can register as a guest. However, you will not be allowed on the Convention floor at certain times and you will not be allowed to vote. You can observe from the stands during these times.

14. How do I check-in? Do I need to bring anything?

  • Several days before the convention, Delegates and Alternates will receive an email with a code number that will speed up check-in. This number is not required to check-in.

15. If I need ASL interpretation or accommodations related to a disability or mobility issues, who do I talk to?

16. What is the process to be elected a member of the Democratic State Committee?

  • In order to become a member of the Democratic State Committee, you’ll need to submit a petition signed by at least 10 delegates or alternates to the 2018 State Convention from your county by May 4th 2018.
  • We recommend getting more than ten signatures to make sure you have enough valid signatures from Delegates.
  • Submit the original(s) to 320 Water St 3rd Floor, PO Box 5258, Augusta, Maine 04332.

17. What is the process to propose a change to the MDP Rules?

  • Those wishing to submit a change to the MDP Rules will need to submit their proposal along with a petition signed by at least 35 Delegates or Alternates to the State Convention. Petitions shall be submitted to the Democratic State Committee Headquarters by May 4th, 2018 at 5:00 PM. 320 Water St 3rd Floor, PO Box 5258, Augusta, Maine 04332-5258.
  • Please submit original only, by certified mail with return receipt, or hand delivered with receipt given to the bearer (MDP Rules Section 630)
  • The Rules Committee will meet on Friday to review all suggested changes. Rules cannot be amended from the floor at Convention.

18. What is the process to propose an amendment to the MDP Platform?

  • Platform Committee members elected from each county have met repeatedly since last year to develop the DRAFT 2018 MDP Platform. The draft has been available online for public viewing since March 6th, and each county committee has had the opportunity to review it and propose amendments.
  • Those wishing to submit an amendment to the proposed 2018 MDP Platform will need to submit their amendment with a petition signed by at least 10 Delegates or Alternates to the State Convention. Petitions shall be submitted to the Democratic State Committee Headquarters by May 4th, 2018 at 5:00 PM: 320 Water St 3rd Floor, PO Box 5258, Augusta, Maine 04332-5258.
  • Please submit original only, by certified mail with return receipt, or hand delivered with receipt given to the bearer (MDP Rules Section 630)
  • The Platform Committee will meet on Friday of the Convention to review all suggested changes. If the committee declines to accept an amendment, you can bring it to the floor, but must provide 500 copies for distribution to Delegates.
  • Please keep in mind that our Platform is an expression of our Democratic principles and policies; it is not intended to be a specific legislative blueprint.

19. Tell me more about the Emerge Breakfast.

  • Please note: this ticketed event is SOLD OUT. Thank you all for your support!
  • Emerge Maine is excited to host the Convention Breakfast again! This year's inspiring alumnae speakers include Senator Shenna Bellows, Speaker Sara Gideon, Majority Leader Erin Herbig, Rep. Charlotte Warren, Laura Fortman, candidate for Senate, and Victoria Morales, candidate for House. 

20. Tell me more about the Victory Party.

  • The Victory Party will begin at 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 19th. The event will wrap up our convention business with a cocktail reception, apps, and a cash bar.

21. Will I be able to meet candidates running for offices?

  • Yes, absolutely! That’s what’s great about the Convention. For two days, you’ll have access to the candidates who want to be your next Governor, Congressperson, and State Legislators.

22. What happens at the County Caucuses on Saturday?

  • The Delegates of each county gather at their County Caucus to elect members of the Democratic State Committee. Other business specific to your County occurs if time allows.

23. What are the workshops covering this year? How do I sign up?

  • We are offering activist workshops on a variety of subjects this year, including: Social Security and Medicare, running for local office, including new Mainers in the political process, Wabanaki and Maine history, grassroots lobbying, and ranked-choice voting. 
  • For more details, check out our activist workshop descriptions.
  • No RSVP is necessary.