For four delegates wrapping up their time at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the work and campaigning is just beginning. Delegates Amber Versola of Lenexa, Paul McCorkle of Olathe, Rick Cortez of Topeka and Gabriel Costilla of Derby will all return home this weekend and resume their campaigns for state Legislature.
Kansas Democratic Party Chair Lee Kinch saw history being made eight years ago when Barack Obama became the first African-American nominee for president. He witnessed history again Thursday night when Hillary Clinton walked onstage as the first female nominee of a major party.
After a long first night on the convention floor, the Kansas state delegates got a special boost of energy Tuesday morning when Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped by for a visit. “There’s no reason why Democrats can’t be successful in Kansas,” Sanders said as part of a five-minute speech about turning out to vote for the party.
While much of the Democratic Party is pushing Bernie Sanders delegates to unify the party and support Hillary Clinton, some Kansans say they’re here at the national convention with one specific job: Get Bernie to the White House.
Anna Hand of Ellsworth dreamed of making American history as a child. “I walked around telling people I was going to be president,” she said. Hand, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention pledged to Hillary Clinton, is 22. Her dream didn’t start too long ago, but she’s OK letting the title go to another woman.
Twenty-one-year-old Reece Rogers of Wichita would do almost anything to get to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia – even if it took ingenuity and a little elbow grease.