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Published February 11, 2012, 05:42 PM

Democrats in Fargo and West Fargo reorganize at the district convention

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Democrats in Fargo and West Fargo get together for their reorganization and district convention.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Democrats in Fargo and West Fargo get together for their reorganization and district convention.

While each district voted for house and senate nominees, a new one had to nominate all new seats. Ben Hanson Is the chair of district 16. Out of ten districts in Cass County, this district is the newest.

Ben: "It splits Fargo and West fargo about evenly down the middle, and this is the re-organization of the democratic party."

Not only did people in his district have to vote Hanson as their Chair, they had to decide who will hold the title of other positions.

Ben: "We have a district chair, a vice chair, a treasurer, and a secretary and they help run the organization of the democratic party in this district."

District members cast their votes for who should be up for the state senate seat and two house seats.

Ben: "We pick our nominees today, and then they go to a primary in June, which happens simultaneously with the city election."

Carol Sawiki chairs Cass County Democrats. She says this party doesn't only get together because it is law, but because the districts want to .

Carol: "It is part of us getting together and planning how we want to go on in the future and how we want to run to get a majority of Democrats to the legislator this year."

Both Hanson and Sawicki hope to gain strength for democrats in North Dakota by keeping these districts together and pressing for candidates they want in office.

Ben: "And how we can help out our local candidates either through fundraiser or public events, like barbeques, or cook outs to make viability aware."

Carol: "We want to make sure that people in North Dakota have a future for all of our children, and not use up all of our resources right now."

Each district meets once a month.

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