Traditionally, local Democratic Party organizations stage Jefferson-Jackson Dinners to promote party unity and raise funds for candidates. The events honor the two presidents Democrats view as their party's founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
Due to storms causing widespread damage across West Virginia, West Virginia Democrats have postponed their state Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, planned for August 11.
"Most West Virginians were affected by these devastating storms," West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said. "I don't feel that it is appropriate at this time to host a fundraising dinner when many people have to run generators, restock their refrigerators, or repair their homes and businesses. We were excited for our annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, and we will work to reschedule it and our guest speaker Congressman Dick Gephardt later this fall. There will certainly be time for politics in this election, but at this time our focus should be on recovery."
Pre-purchased tickets will receive a full refund if requested. The state party plans on honoring "Outstanding Democrats of the Year Award" recipients from individual counties at the rescheduled dinner.