Democrats in Fort Bend are sending 10 delegates, the largest number ever, to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week. And the largest contingency comes from Silver Democrats, a group of Democrats over the age of 50. Six of the 10 attendees from Fort Bend are members of Silver Democrats.
Although the group is only a year old, they already have 200 paid memberships and have opened a Democratic headquarters in Rosenberg. “Even though most of us are three years older than dirt,” laughed Susan Bankston, President of the group, “there’s plenty of pep and determination in our step.”
“This will be the first time all of us are attending a Democratic national convention, so sharing this trip with folks you already know and like makes it even more meaningful. We’ve all been involved in politics for most of our lives, so this truly is a once in a lifetime experience,” Bankston explained.
In addition, two couples were elected as individual delegates, which is unusual, according to Bankston. George and Doretha Gill of Missouri City and Don and Susan Bankston of Richmond are attending the convention.
Steve Brown, chairman of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party, is an honorary member of the group and also a national delegate appointed by Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. “Silver Democrats has taken off and found a niche in Fort Bend. They not only get the work of politics done, they have fun doing it. We’re all proud of what they have accomplished in such a short time. They recognize the importance of this election not only to themselves, but to their grandchildren,” said Bankston.
Delegates to the national convention were elected at the state convention in Houston on June 9th. The competition for delegates is heavy and campaigning to be a national delegate starts months before the state convention.
In addition to the Gills and the Bankstons, also elected as delegates from Silver Democrats were Kate Mitchell of Richmond and Rene Brown of Missouri City.
Fort Bend also touts Deron Patterson and Ben Chou of Sugar Land and Trisha Frederick and Akayla Pomare of Arcola as national delegates.