Down East 2013 ©
Terry McAuliffe, who served as chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, will offer the keynote speech at the Maine College Democrats Convention at Bates College.
The convention resumes with workshops and panel discussions at 8:30 a.m. the following day in Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road (Alumni Walk). McAuliffe is a longtime leader of and political adviser to the Democratic Party. As chair of the DNC, he raised $578 million, bringing the party out of debt for the first time in its history. In that role, he is also credited with creating a computer database of more than 170 million potential voters, and launching initiatives to educate and mobilize women voters, to mobilize younger voters and to protect voting rights.
He served as co-chair of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign and chaired Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. McAuliffe unsuccessfully ran for the 2009 Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nomination. A longtime Virginia businessman, he is a founder and the chairman of GreenTech Automotive, which manufactures electric and hybrid vehicles.