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GROTON — Registered Democrats in Groton will be holding a caucus on Feb. 4, 2006, at 2 p.m., at the Groton Town Hall, to elect five delegates and two alternates to the 2006 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

The Convention will be held on Friday, June 2, 2006, and Saturday, June 3, 2006, at the Digital Credit Union (DCU) Center in Worcester. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to endorse candidates for office of auditor, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of the Commonwealth, lieutenant governor, governor, and U.S. senator. The names of those candidates who receive 15 percent of the state convention vote will be placed on the Sept. 19, 2006 Democratic primary ballot.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Groton. Only those registered as Democrats in Groton as of Dec. 31 are be eligible to vote on any matter at the caucus. Candidates for delegate and alternate must consent to nomination in writing and must be present at the caucus. All candidates may make a two-minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf. All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegate or alternate who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the youth, minority and disabled categories.

Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity or economic status in the conduct of the caucus is strictly prohibited. Challenges to the delegate selection process can be filed with the Massachusetts Democratic Party, 56 Roland Street, Suite 203, Boston, MA 02129 no later than 10 days after the caucus.

For information, call (617) 776-2676 or Groton Democratic Town Committee Chairman Michelle Collette at (978) 448-6606 or e-mail to grotondtc@aol.com.