The Democratic Convention kicks off with platform hearing & plan "grassroots" approach to campaigning

MOSCOW, ID - It's not as large as the recent Republican Convention, but there's a long list of democratic candidates who are eager to take on their opponents in the General Election.

Reporter Rachel Dubrovin explains how the party is rallying the troops.

Last week the Republicans were in town, and now it's the democrats' turn to meet in Moscow and gear up for the upcoming election.

"The cultures of Idaho are so different, but we have to not lose focus of our target to get our candidates elected," said Latah County Democrat B.J. Swanson.

The Democratic Convention kicked off with a platform hearing, and continued with a panel about the importance of engaging young voters in campaigns.

"I promise, there's a lot of young people in Idaho that just simply don't know that they're needed, or that they can help out," said Engaging Youth Panelist John Fish.

The young democrats on the panel explained it's difficult to get younger voters to care, unless politicians take a stance on something they're passionate about.

"I am very passionate about Latino engagement, getting the Latino community here in Idaho involved," said Idaho Democrats Development Director Jennifer Martinez. "It's not represented well at any level."

Some candidates we spoke with said they plan to use a "grassroots" approach to campaigning.

"This election is not going to be won by television ads," said U.S. Senate Candidate Nels Mitchell. "It's going to be won by people going out and talking about the issues, so the voters understand the issues and they understand that I'm looking out for their interests, and the other democratic candidates are looking out for their interests."

Idaho District Five Representative Shirley Ringo said after 14 years in the state legislature, she's ready to run for Congress against U.S. Representative Raul Labrador.

"I've been around long enough that I don't tend to be intimidated," said Ringo. "I know what the issues are and I think I can make the case. And I'm eager to just get out and talk to folks about those issues."

The convention continues on Saturday. They'll have events here at the Best Western University Inn from 7:30 in the morning till 9:00 at night.

Saturday's events include a breakfast with U.S. Senate Candidate Nels Mitchell at 7:30, and a lunch with Gubernatorial Candidate A.J. Balukoff at 12:30. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will speak at convention's closing event on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.