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Gregoire will headline Democrats FDR dinner

YAKIMA - Gov. Christine Gregoire will be the featured speaker at the Yakima County Democrats' annual FDR Dinner Saturday, April 19, in the Yakima Convention Center, according to Yakima County Democratic Central Committee officials.

The dinner will commence with a no-host reception at 5 p.m. and follow the County Democratic Convention that will take place during the day in the Center. It's being called Doubleheader Day for Democrats.

Explained County Chair Paul George, "We decided to hold both events on one day because we needed more space to accommodate the nearly 600 delegates and alternates that were elected to the county convention at our Feb. 9 caucuses.

"The turnout of 1,802 nearly tripled the number that signed in for the 2004 caucuses and with the delegate/alternate total so large we had to move the convention from Carpenters' Hall, the original site," said George, formerly the mayor of Yakima.

The dinner will mark the governor's second visit to Yakima in April. On Tuesday, April 8, she will hold a media event at Epic Place, 600 Superior Lane, where she will discuss her early childhood learning initiative with area leaders in that field.

That will be day two of the governor's re-election announcement tour that will include a stop in an agricultural setting in the Lower Yakima Valley. That evening, she has two events scheduled in the Tri-Cities.

George said he expects spirited competition between the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton factions vying to be elected as delegates to the State Democratic Convention in Spokane on June 14, and to the 4th Congressional District Caucus in Yakima on May 17. From there, the trail leads to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 25-28.

Persons seeking information about the FDR Dinner are urged to call Deb Hunt at 966-5097 or Carrie-Seeberger Ray at 452-5133.

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