This weekend is jam-packed with parties, meetings and forums for Arkansas Democrats, all held in conjunction with the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Weekend in central Arkansas.
Tonight, the Pulaski County Democratic Committee hosts a Pre-J-J Summer Supper at Cotham’s in the City from 6 to 8pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door.
Later tonight, the Young Democrats of Arkansas are hosting the "Jefferson-Jackson After Dark" at the Rogers House on 400 W. 18th Street in Little Rock. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door.
The main event is Saturday night when Arkansas Democrats gather for the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Over 1,000 folks will head to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock for the DPA’s biggest event of the year. This year’s keynote speaker is Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Saturday night, Democrats will also hear from Governor Beebe, Senator Mark Pryor, Congressman Mike Ross and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. This event is a wonderful way to meet fellow Democrats from across the state and give public recognition to those who have worked hard in the past year.
Tomorrow, the governing body of the DPA, the State Committee, holds their quarterly meeting at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. Also on Saturday, the Senior Democrats Caucus and the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus hold meetings to prepare for the 2012 elections.
When I was the executive director of the DPA, I oversaw four Jefferson-Jackson Dinners and I can tell you the logistics it takes to put these events together are mind-blowing. The Party staff and volunteers spend months planning and organizing for this weekend and the results are worth the effort.
I didn’t list all the events for this weekend, so go to the DPA’s website, www.arkdems.org, if you want more information about this weekend’s activities.