Shannon Jackson, the New Hampshire campaign director of Democratic Party presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, arrived on Saipan last Tuesday for this Saturday’s Democratic Caucus in the CNMI.
Nola Kileleman Hix, the Democratic Party of the NMI chairwoman, said yesterday that Jackson arrived after a 33-hour flight from Vermont.
His presence is intended to encourage people from the Northern Mariana Islands to take part in the caucus and vote for Sanders, Hix said.
At the caucus, Democrats will elect delegates to the National Convention of the Democratic Party. The caucus will be held on Saipan at the Saipan World Resort’s Taga Ballroom, with simultaneous sub-caucuses to be held at the Northern Marianas College’s VTC rooms on Tinian and Rota.
Hix said Jackson’s wife will also be coming this Saturday.
Hix said she appreciates the fact that Jackson is here for a week, that somebody involved on the ground in the U.S. mainland actually flew out here.
“We, on behalf of the Party, appreciate the fact that he came out, he flew out here to meet with voters. And not only that, to learn about politics here in the CNMI,” Hix said.
She said that Jackson is meeting with people on the ground, trying to push the campaign for Sanders and to discuss Sanders’ plan for the territories.
“It’s a great time to be involved in politics,” said Hix, adding that she can say the same for the Democratic Party’s other presidential candidate, former vice president Joe Biden.
Hix said she and Biden’s team have been in contact and that they’re also looking forward to the caucus on Saturday.
“They’ve reached out, asked what it is that we need, what they can do to help. And that’s just it. It’s not so much about ‘vote for me, vote for me.’ It’s what can we do to help you have a successful turnout participation in this historic, second ever in history, presidential caucus in the NMI,” Hix said.
She said Jackson is going to be attending the humanities discussion about sovereignty Wednesday night.
“He’s just going there to learn a little bit of the culture and everything,” Hix said.