Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 17, 1975 · Page 24
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 24

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 17, 1975
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August 17,1975 Sunday Gazette-Mail W * natriffMti Asti VnroituA tiMwJrt^tathettJVkli* ^ V !^S^SSlSf^ i-T««;.i,.,,« K»» /iia«'t nass IB(act, rt of a states «»veftUoo oei«gaw«, re- Democratic Delegate Selection Procedures Changed in State Dillon said state compliance with the af- down tiie hue. By Herb Little Tke Associated Preti New national party rules have caused changes in procedure by which West Virginia's 33 delegates to the 1976 Democratic National Convention will be selected. Major changes are elimination of statewide election of delegates-at-large and provision for eight of the 33 delegates to be picked by the Democratic State Executive Committee after the May 1976 primary election instead of being elected in the primary. The 25 delegates elected in the primary will all be elected at the congressional district level -- seven from the 1st District and six from each of the three other districts. State Democratic Chairman J. C. Dillon Jr. explained that under the new national party rules, designed to promote broader participation in the presidential nominating process, a congressional district is the Statehome Note Book LITTLE largest area from which delegates may be elected. In the past, both parties' national con- Pilot in Crash Not Qualified For Instrument Landing FORT WAYNE. Ind. tfi - John J. Fitzwilliams. killed with four children when the plane he was piloting crashed, was not licensed for instrument flight, a federal investigator said Saturday. Armond Edwards of the National Transportation Safety Board said Fitzwililiam was qualified only to fly under conditions where he could see the ground and not through clouds and rain. Fitzwilliams. 41, died Friday night along with his three daughters, Susan, 15. Jackie, 12, and Jennifer, 6, and their next-door neighbor, Jennifer Bond, 12. The plane, a single-engine Piper Cherokee, was en route to Fort Wayne from Denver, Colo., and was coming in for a landing at Baer Field when it nosed into the ground. Edwards said Fitzwilliams was unable to land at a smaller airport here because of low clouds and rain and had turned to Baer where he attempted to make an instrument approach. He said Fitzwilliams was qualified for neither instrument flying nor instrument landing and should not have been in the air over Fort Wayne because of the weather conditions. The crash, which Edwards said may have resulted from Fitzwilliams' inexperience with flying blind, occurred about 8:20 p.m. He said reports that the plane may have run out of gas could not be verified. Witnesses said they heard the plane circling the airport with the engine "sputtering." An FAA spokesman said the Baer control tower lost radar contact with the plane when it was about three miles from the runway. vention delegations from West Virginia have included some delegates-at-large, elected statewide. The state's elected Democratic delegation in 1972 included eight delegatesat-large and 25 congressional district delegates. The Democrats' new national rules give a state the option of choosing up to 25 per cent of its delegation by a method other than election. The State Democratic Executive Committee decided to name eight 1976 delegates itself. "Frankly, we've had some flak on that." Dillon said. It came from Democrats who favor continued election of the entire delegation. But Dillon said "the state committee is a representative body elected from the senatorial districts and has good coverage of the whole state." Committee selection of part of the delegation will help assure a delegation makeup in line with another new requirement, the "affirmative action plan," Dillon said. In each state, the party must have such a plan, tailored to give an opportunity for representation by all segments of the population and to assure the widest possible dissemination of information about.the delegate selection process. Should women or blacks be conspicuously missing from the 25 delegates elected next May, the state committee will have a chance to give them representation when it names eight delegates, Dillon said. Victor A. Barone, state committee counsel, said providing a way to balance the delegation makeup under the affirmative action plan "was the stated purpose of the national committee" in permitting non- elective selection of some delegates. In one respect, involving alternate delegates, West Virginia election law is at odds with the national association. This is not the result of a rule change, as the discrepancy also existed in 1972. State law calls for each delegate to appoint his alternate. That won't work, how- ever, as the state is allocated only 27 alternates for 33 delegates. Dillon said the delegates collectively will choose the alternates. Rules call for alternates whose presidential preferences match the delegation's. The State Democratic Committee's affirmative action plan, drafted by Barone, awaits approval at the party's national level. A 22-member state affirmative action committee, headed by State Sen. Robert R. Nelson of Huntington, has been set up to implement the plan. Dillon said Nelson's committee will hold meetings with county-level party officials in November and December and" the counties in turn will hold public meetings in January to explain the whole delegate selection process. "What I'm worried about is that we'll have a meeting and nobody will show up," Dillon said. 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