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Rural Democrats Plan Election Strategy in Jamestown

By Nancy Bargar

Jamestown, NY – Chautauqua County hosted a powerhouse of New York Democrats over the weekend. They gathered in Jamestown for the Democratic Rural Conference.

It included State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer, who was a keynote speaker. Spitzer says President Bush has given Democrats a reason to organize. He says Bush has not performed for New Yorkers.

"There are some fundamental decisions he's made with which we disagree, in terms of education, healthcare, the economy, jobs and taxes," Spitzer said. "People are saying this president simply does not reflect the social judgements that we would like to see."

The event was designed to recruit candidates, offer tips on how to run an effective campaign and encourage more voting. Forty-one counties participate in the rural conference. About 300 attended including New York Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer.