Utah Democrats are bringing their Mormon outreach to a national stage, hosting a fundraiser headlined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

The plan is for the new LDS Democrats caucus to hold the event on Sept. 4 at a hotel across the street from main convention hall in Charlotte, N.C., where first lady Michelle Obama will address the assemblage later that evening.

Organizers hope to attract Mormons living in North Carolina and any LDS delegates attending the week’s festivities as part of a wider campaign to persuade The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to take a second look at the Democratic Party.

“While some people question Senator Reid’s political view of the world, no one has ever questioned his commitment, his faith and his testimony in the LDS Church,” said Jim Dabakis, chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. “It is a thrill and a pleasure to have Senator Reid speak to LDS Dems.”

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