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Published March 26, 2010, 05:41 PM

Local Democrats Head To Fargo For State Convention

Democrats from across North Dakota are gathering in Fargo this weekend for the party's state convention.

Democrats from across North Dakota are gathering in Fargo this weekend for the party's state convention.

Two years ago there was quite a lot of enthusiasm at the State Democratic Convention in Grand Forks. Then presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton took center stage at the Alerus Center.

North Dakota Representative Chris Griffin says, "There was a lot of excitement with the presidential race, especially in Grand Forks here with having both presidential candidates coming to town."

Area democrats are now gathering two years later for another state convention. Once again this year, there's increased security at the convention, but for a different reason...democrats across the nation have received threats because of healthcare reform passage. Plus area conservatives are planning a tea party protest there.

Griffin says, "It may be a bit of a distraction, but I don't think there are too many delegates that are too concerned."

State House Minority Leader Merle Boucher says, "Every convention has its own personality. This one is that of course is coming off some very difficult times and trying times."

Still, state representatives say democrats will be talking about health care reform at the convention.

Griffin says, "I think the fact that is passed, and I think there will be some relief after the year-long debate."

Lawmakers say most of all they'll focus on the business of the convention... endorsing candidates in their party for state offices.

The convention will continue tomorrow at the Fargo Civic Center.

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