Signs of the Times
In the News
February 20, 1998
At the mass meeting Thursday night, Democratic party members broke into eight caucuses according to city precincts. Then they nominated delegates and alternates and voted on these delegates and alternates -- individually and by slate. Elected delegates and alternates will attend a party convention on February 28th to determine the Democratic candidates for the upcoming city council race.
"Before breaking into caucuses at the beginning of the meeting, several party members stood up to ask if there's a better way than the two-step system used now. The rules that have been used for years are burdensome, confusing and sometimes discourage party members from participating again, said Kay Peaslee, secretary of Charlottesville's Town Reversion Committee. 'I think that [the rules] make a mockery of the democratic process,' Peaslee said. 'Why can't we have a clearer and simpler way to vote?'" (Kimberly O'Brien, The Daily Progress, February 20, 1998).
"After audience members began popping out of their chairs to echo Peaslee's comments, (City Party Chair Tom) Vandever said a different process, such as a primary, would be worth looking into" (Kimberly O'Brien, The Daily Progress, February 20, 1998).