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Idaho Democrats united at convention

MOSCOW, Idaho – In contrast to the rancor and divisions that marred the Idaho Republican convention the previous week, state Democrats held a gathering that showed camaraderie and unity.

Idaho Democrats concluded their two-day convention on Saturday.

The 175 voting delegates and proxies unanimously adopted a party platform that stressed education and the economy.

“It’s a genuine love fest,” said Dave Finkelnburg, chairman of the Bannock County Democrats.

State Party Chairman Larry Kenck said this year’s Democratic Party convention went extra smoothly because the group came in with a focus.

Tony Stewart, of Coeur d’Alene, said Idaho citizens can trust the Democratic Party to be as effective at governing as they were at running the convention.

“For this particular year, it’s showed the difference between a party that is united and full of compassion to work for the future of Idaho,” Stewart said. “Whereas the other party (the Republicans) is in very great crisis and conflicted at this time.”


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