Mar 16, 2016

District of Columbia: Increasing Support to DC Statehood Resolution

The resolution in support of DC statehood was introduced early February 2016 and since then seven counties expressed their support. If this positive tendency persists, it could lead to its adoption on 18 June   2016, during the District Conventions. This development represents a step forward towards the legitimate representation of the District of Columbia.


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DC statehood resolutions garner enough support to advance to next step in convention platform process


Des Moines, IA – Iowans for DC Statehood ( announced that the resolution in support of DC statehood, introduced at Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on February 1, 2016, passed in seven counties – at least one county in every congressional district in the Hawkeye State. 

The Iowa counties confirmed, thus far, are Buchanan, Buena Vista, Cass, Clinton, Keokuk, Linn and Polk.  Organizers are awaiting confirmation from up to 15 additional counties, which are expected soon.   

There are two counties in the 1st congressional district, two in the 2nd district, two in the 3rd district and one in the 4th.  This means that all four Congressional District Platform Committees will be considering this plank for adoption at each District Convention on April 30th. 

If this plank is accepted into all four District Platforms, the State Platform Committee will consider it for adoption at the Iowa State Convention on June 18th.

Tamyra Harrison, Director of Iowans for DC Statehood, said, “On March 12th, activists from all over Iowa met to support their choice for president and discuss the issues that are important to them.  Support for DC statehood continues to be supported in key counties around the state, passing in seven counties, and is moving up to the District Convention level on April 30th.  We are confident that the people here in Iowa will continue to show that we stand behind our fellow Americans in DC in their fight for representation.”

As first-in-the-nation, Iowans have a unique responsibility to be on the front line of the democratic process for choosing presidential candidates, as well as effecting change on important issues such as achieving DC statehood,” Harrison added.

At the precinct caucuses, in addition to voting on presidential candidates, Iowans debate issues then vote on formal resolutions added to their respective party platforms, which the presidential candidates will later be asked to address.