Shelby Democrats Reorganize on Saturday 

Shelby County Democrats, whose reorganization process began earlier this month amid power struggles and procedural controversies, will meet on Saturday to elect a new executive committee and chairman.

The meeting was scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. at Airways Middle School, with the delegates and alternates elected earlier this month required to register between 12 noon and 1 p.m.

One of two chairmanship candidates, Jay Bailey and Van Turner, will be elected by a newly configured party executive committee, which must be elected first. But the selection of committee members, always a contentious issue among Democrats, will be doubly so on Saturday.

Partisans of Bailey are insisting that the delegates and alternates must expand the committee according to a formula which they maintain has now been mandated by the state Democratic executive committee.

Turner's supporters dispute this, citing the rejection of that formula at a meeting of the local party's existing executive committee earlier this month.

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