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Hayden To Return To Chicago As Dem Delegate

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 12) -- Twenty-eight years after he was arrested in the violent demonstrations that wracked the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, Tom Hayden will return in August as a delegate to this year's convention in the Windy City.

Hayden, 56, and a state senator in California, was elected as a convention delegate Sunday from a West Hollywood congressional district. Of 850 votes cast, Hayden received 490, the most for any delegate candidate.

"I hope you'll send me back to Chicago, not (out) of nostalgia," Hayden told Democrats gathered at the University Synagogue to elect delegates to the convention. "I want to go back to shape the platform and send the Republicans back to the woodwork, where they belong."

The Democratic primary caucus votes took place in all 52 of California's congressional districts Sunday. In all, 237 of 489 delegate spots for the Chicago convention were up for grabs. The remainder will be appointed by party leaders.

Hayden was among 28 contenders vying for eight delegate spots from the state's 29th congressional district. He said he has been a delegate to at least three conventions since the one in Chicago in 1968.

In 1969 and 1970, Hayden gained notoriety as a defendant in the Chicago Seven trial. He and four other defendants -- Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Rennie Davis and David Dellinger -- were convicted of intent to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Those convictions were overturned by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which cited errors by U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman. All the defendants, including John Froines and Lee Weiner, were acquitted of conspiracy charges.

Asked whether his Chicago Seven history had emerged during his campaign for the delegate spot, Hayden told the Associated Press: "It's been there as a kind of nostalgic background issue. I think the press is interested in it, and there will be echoes in Chicago as Democrats go back. But the election is going to be decided on what the Democrats have to offer in 1996."

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