Hundreds of Democratic National Committee delegates will be here next weekend for a three-day gathering that gives them a chance to meet and hear from 13 presidential contenders — though former Vice President Joe Biden, the party’s frontrunner, isn’t scheduled to be among the candidates.
Biden also bypassed the last big party meeting in San Francisco — the convention of the California Democratic Party, the nation’s largest state party, which drew more than 4,000 people in June. Noticeably absent from the attendee list is another top-tier candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., who has drawn big crowds in San Francisco appearances previously.
The Democratic National Committee’s summer meetings, which are also open to the public and press, are expected to draw 350 delegates over three days to San Francisco, where they will both tend to party business and meet the candidates. It’s the first such meeting of the DNC party operatives and activists this year to provide close contact with a swath of 2020 hopefuls — and possibly decide on endorsements.