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Fort Worth to host 2018 Texas Democratic Party Convention

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The Tarrant County Democratic Party announced Thursday that Fort Worth will host the 2018 Texas Democratic Party State Convention.

The Texas Democratic Party State Convention is held every 2 years and hasn’t been in Fort Worth since 2006. The 2016 State Convention will be in San Antonio.

The selection was made by the Senate District Executive Committee (SDEC), the Texas Democratic Party’s governing body. The two-day gathering will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in the summer of 2018, most likely in June, according to a letter from Deborah Peoples, chairwoman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party.

The letter noted that Senate District 10, the Fort Worth district currently held by state Sen. Konni Burton and previously held by Wendy Davis, will be on the ballot in 2018. “[R]eturning it to Democratic Party control is a priority,” according to the letter.

The convention will draw as many as 8,000 to 10,000 delegates and guests to Fort Worth, according to Crystal Perkins, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party.

This means generating a projected $2.7 million of economic activity for the local economy, according to Mary Wilson, director of state accounts for the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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