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Douglas Democrats plan Saturday benefit

by Joyce Hollister

The Democrats in Douglas County are coming out of the woodwork at last.

Or so leaders hope.

Democrat Central Committee spokesperson Evan Beavers says it’s the first time in decades that the party has been able to stimulate interest among Democrats during a non-election year.

Some 80 people have already made their reservations for the Democrats’ chicken dinner this Saturday at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

“It’s people I don’t think have been active in the past,” Beavers said. “It’s a whole new crowd.”

Republicans have historically outnumbered Democrats in the county, and a few Democratic stalwarts have carried on the business of the central committee.

“People finally decided to get together,” Beavers said. “I think there’s always been an appetite for coming out as Democrats. All we had to do is give them an excuse, if for no other reason than to get together and congregate.”

The dinner will be held from 6-9 p.m. and on the menu are grilled chicken, salads and beans. Admission is a preserved foodstuff for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. Raffle tickets and liquid refreshments will be sold.

Proceeds will be used by the central committee to open a Democratic headquarters in the next election year.

“We want to use this as a fund-raiser so we can be legitimate contenders and participate in the local races, so we can attract good candidates and have contacts in each precinct,” Beavers said.

Speakers at the event will be Harriet Truedell from the state central committee, Janice Brown, state chairwoman, Bonnie Parnell, Democratic Assemblywoman from Carson City, and Brian Wallace, Washoe Tribal chairman.

Information about the central committee may be obtained by visiting the Web site, douglasdems.org, and reservations may be made by calling 887-4042 and leaving a message. The Democrats meet the first Wednesday of each month at the library in Minden, 6-7:30 p.m.