MOSCOW • Idaho’s Democrats will kicking off their convention Friday.

Like the Republicans, the Democrats are holding their convention in Moscow this year. The Republican convention ends today.

The Democratic convention will start Friday morning, with various panel discussions, delegate events and discussion of the platform.

The Latah County Democrats are holding a party on Main Street that will be open to the public Friday evening.

Democrats will adopt their platform and elect party officers Saturday afternoon. Saturday also will feature breakfast with Nels Mitchell, who is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, and lunch with A.J. Balukoff, who is running against GOP incumbent C.L. “Butch” Otter for governor.

After the main convention meeting, Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Jana Jones will headline the pre-gala social.

This will be followed by the party’s “Victory Feast.” The keynote speaker will be Ed Rendell, who was governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011 and mayor of Philadelphia before that. Since leaving office, he has been in the public eye as a politics and football analyst on TV.

Idaho has, for decades, been reliably Republican. But Dean Ferguson, communications director for the state Democratic Party, said they are excited about their candidates’ chances this year.

Republicans had a contentious convention, with bitter fights over seating delegates and platform planks. Ferguson expects the Democratic convention to be a happier affair.

“We’re going into this convention pretty unified and strong,” he said. “We don’t have the intra-party dissension that you’re seeing today,” referring to the Republicans.

For a full schedule of events, visit idahodems.org.

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