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Saturday, June 04, 2016

 3:49 PM 

Three of four elected to DNC open to changing superdelegate system

Three of the Wisconsin DNC members that will start new terms after next month’s national convention say they will listen to calls to do away with the superdelegate system.

But Martha Love, a former state chair who was re-elected to the DNC Saturday, shook her head when asked if she would pursue a resolution with the national party to abolish superdelegates, saying everyone has a right to an opinion.

Love, who will be a superdelegate at the national convention next month and is a current DNC member, said she is committed to Hillary Clinton, no matter what resolution the state party passed this weekend. 

Love was appointed to the DNC in 1992 and served until 1996. She then was elected to four-year terms in 2012 and today. Her focus, she said, will be on continuing her work fighting human trafficking, a mission of hers for the past eight years.

“I’ve been working around the state with great Democrats and other allies to say, ‘We have to protect our children,’” Love said.

Jason Rae, who was first elected to the DNC at 17, said this term, his fourth, likely will be his last. In addition to studying the superdelegate system, which Bernie Sanders backers complained was stacked against their candidate, Rae said the party should look at the use of caucuses in selecting the party's presidential nominee. Critics of caucuses say they produce lower turnout and are less democratic than primaries. Sanders also typically did better than Clinton in caucus states.

“There are several things we’re going to look at to make the process more fair and transparent,” said Rae, whose agenda for the next four years includes expanding the party.

State Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, said the committee “has to pay attention” to the concerns raised by party activists over the system, considering the number of them who have spoken out about it in recent months.

Eau Claire Ald. Andrew Werthmann, meanwhile, said he supports reforming the superdelgate system but isn't wedded to a particular model.

"I'm sort of open to the ideas, but we have to take that up at the DNC," he said, "especially given where the state of Wisconsin is on this issue."

-- By Staff


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