Democratic National Convention--Platform Process
On March 26, 2004 the DNC Executive Committee elected Chairs for the three Convention standing committees: Credentials, Platform and Rules.  Chairs of the Platform Committee are Cong. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH), Los Angeles City Councilman Antonia Villaraigosa, and Gov. Tom Vilsack (IA).

On May 21, 2004 DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe announced appointment of the 16-person Platform Drafting Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT):

Chair: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT)

U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley (NV)
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR)
U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis (CA)
Tallahasee Mayor John Marks
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge
former U.S. Secretary of Defense Bill Perry
former U.S. Assistant Secretary of HUD Roberta Achtenberg
Michigan Education Association President Lu Battaglieri
International Vice President of UNITE Clayola Brown
New Mexico businessman Bill Garcia
West Virginia AFT President Judy Hale
former U.S. Assistant Attorney General Bill Lann Lee
International Association of Fire Fighters' Kevin O'Connor
AFL-CIO Public Policy Director Chris Owens
Attorney Paul T. Williams, Jr.

Executive Director: Peter Choharis
Choharis advised the Kerry campaign on foreign and legal policy (he also volunteered in Iowa for four days before the caucuses, and helped to raise money for the campaign in low dollar events).  By day he is a senior litigator at Piper Rudnick LLP.

Drafting Committee public hearings:
May 22 in Portland, OR "Securing Our Homeland"
June 5 in Baton Rouge, LA "Protecting America's National Security"
June 11 in Columbus, OH "Achieving Economic Strength"  cancelled (RR)
June 18 in Santa Fe, NM "Progress for All"

Full Platform Committee meeting, "A Plan for America," July 9-10 in Miami, FL

Copyright © 2004  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.