Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)
|Puerto Rico Democratic Party|
|Headquarters||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|National affiliation||Democratic Party|
|Politics of the United States
The Puerto Rico Democratic Party is the local branch of the Democratic Party in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Party membership consists of supporters of both the current Commonwealth status and those who favor statehood for Puerto Rico.
Participation in Puerto Rico's delegate selection process is open those who wish to participate as Democrats and participants may not take part in any other party's Presidential Nominating process. Individuals who wish to participate in the Senate District Caucuses must register with the State Party's local committee.
Sixty of 67 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of local committet Senate District Caucuses. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the senatorial district or islandwide level.
- District 1 San Juan: 4
- District 2 Bayamón: 5
- District 3 Arecibo: 4
- District 4 Mayagüez: 4
- District 5 Ponce: 4
- District 6 Guayama: 4
- District 7 Humacao: 4
- District 8 Carolina: 4
In addition, 13 at-large and 7 Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs) delegates are pledged to presidential contenders based on the presidential preferences of the 40 district level delegates as pledged by the Senate District Caucuses. Hence, the National Convention District delegates are pledged from the preferences expressed at the Caucuses while the National Convention statewide delegates are pledged using the preferences of the National Convention District delegates.
The Young Democrats of America (YDA), Puerto Rico Chapter, is the official youth branch of the Puerto Rico Democratic Party. The current National Committeeman of YDA, Francisco Domenech, is the first Puerto Rican elected to his current position and also serves as a member of the DNC alongside state Chairman Roberto Pratts and Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock.
- Local Puerto Rico Committee of the United States Republican Party
- United States National Democratic Party
- Democrats in your state: Puerto Rico. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- The Green Papers: 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions. Richard E. Berg-Andersson. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- FRANCISCO J. DOMENECH (PR), DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEEMAN. Young Democrats of America. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- Puerto Rico Democratic Party page at Democrats.org