Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis is a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, and she’s pledged her vote to Hillary Clinton.
But her name and contact information appears on a Facebook page set up by Bernie Sanders supporters, who have launched a campaign to urge superdelegates to switch their votes to their candidate. Davis said she isn’t concerned about being harassed, as she hasn’t received any phone calls or emails yet, but she is offended by the tactic.
The party’s nominee for president will be officially chosen at the convention, slated for July 25-28 in Philadelphia.
While pledged delegates must cast their votes according to the way their state voted in the primary, superdelegates are in a separate category.
“Superdelegates are free to vote any way they want,” Davis said.
At this point, Clinton has racked up 1,287 pledged delegates to Sanders’ 1,037, according to the Associated Press tally.
She also has commitments from 469 superdelegates to his 31.
Sanders’ campaign hasn’t employed a good strategy for going after superdelegates, Davis said. No one from Sanders’ campaign has even contacted her, asking for her vote.
On the other hand, people from Clinton’s campaign staff started contacting Davis as soon as Clinton announced her decision to run for president in April 2015.
Sanders’ supporters across the country are arguing the existence of superdelegates is unfair, and they should be required to vote the way the state votes.
Davis said she understands how some people may see it as undemocratic, but the system has been around for nearly 30 years.
If people want to change the system, she said, they need to get involved in the process instead of complaining and lobbying superdelegates to change their vote.
Davis, a longtime party activist is a member of the Democratic National Committee. She said that every DNC member becomes a superdelegate, along with any Democratic governor, congressman or former president.
Georgia has a total of 14 superdelegates, in addition to its 116 pledged delegates, she noted.
In the case of the 14th Congressional District, covering Northwest Georgia, the primary vote was split nearly evenly between Sanders and Clinton. That means each of those candidates will get two delegates, one man and one woman, from that district, Davis said.
Who those delegates are will be decided Saturday at the district caucus, set for 9 a.m. in the Kelsey- Aycock-Burrell Center at 41 Washington Drive in Rome.
Davis said the caucus is open to all registered voters who consider themselves Democrats. The vote will be a caucus style vote, meaning the candidates will have a chance to campaign for themselves in the voting room.