By Carlos Galarza-Veve
SENECA — Three young Democrats who represent the future of the party in South Carolina will be the featured speakers at the Oconee Democratic Party Convention on Saturday.
Party chair Paulette Keffas-Chassin said the three young Dems — West-Oak High School senior Jon Franklin, Clemson University senior Justin Smith and Chris Fedalei of Spartanburg — will participate in a panel to discuss their fledgling personal experiences in the political process.
Franklin has been active at West Oak where he launched the Young Democrats Club at his school, according to Keffas-Chassin.
For his part, Smith has been promoting political consciousness among college age voters, while 26-year-old Fedalei is a Democratic Party candidate for the Fourth Congressional District seat of Republican Trey Gowdy.
Also addressing convention delegates Saturday will be Hosea Cleveland, a Seneca businessman who is a prospective challenger to Republican Jeff Duncan’s seat in the Third Congressional District.
Convention delegates will get around to electing new local party leaders who will serve for the next two years. The delegates were elected at last week’s precinct meeting.
Delegates also will consider a number of resolutions that will be forwarded on to the State Resolutions Committee at the State Convention to be held in Columbia on April 30.
The State Convention will elect the delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25.
“As the national elections come closer, local Democrats will be calling potential Democratic voters and inviting volunteers to help in the effort to get out the vote in November,” Keffas-Chassin said.