Hours before Hillary Clinton took the stage Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, Western Washington delegates were starting to put in context her nomination, how far the nation has come and what it means for America.
After attending the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, Bert Marley knew he wanted the 2016 convention to be different. In L.A., Idaho delegates stayed at a hotel in a Beverly Hills neighborhood while the convention and most other delegates were downtown. Worst of all, he said, Idaho’s delegation was on the outskirts alone.
The Women’s Caucus met Thursday morning at the Democratic National Convention to discuss the importance of Hillary Clinton winning the presidency over Donald Trump. Trump’s true stance or intentions on women’s reproductive health rights remains unclear, caucus members said, but is cause for concern. The Rev. Leah D.
Thunderstorms may have set the mood on the last day of the Democratic National Convention, but Rep. Lois Capps was not letting the bad weather dull her trip to the historic city of Philadelphia, where history was once again made with the nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.
One Mississippi Democratic delegate traveled a circuitous route to the convention. Since spring, Jon Delperdang has served as an alternate delegate for the Mississippi Democratic Party. Delperdang’s journey, carrying to Philadelphia the wishes of the 2nd Congressional District Democrats in Mississippi began in Blaine, Minn., a suburb 15 miles north of Minneapolis.
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Traveling to Philadelphia and witnessing Hillary Clinton accept the nomination to become the first female presidential candidate of a major party was a dream for Nancy Chiswick, of Centre County. “I couldn’t imagine being president because as far as I knew, girls didn’t become president,” Chiswick said.
Some say that with age comes wisdom. For Myra Gamburg, 84, her age has brought feelings of invisibility and unimportance in a party that says it’s focused on diversity. “The Washington Democratic Party is very inclusive,” said the delegate from Lake Forest Park.
As the hot sun rose over Philadelphia on Wednesday morning, California delegates started off the third day of the Democratic National Convention with breakfast at the delegation hotel. Politicians from across California took to the stage during breakfast to rally delegates behind Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders won an overwhelming majority of Idaho delegates in the Demcratic caucus, but superdelegate Van Beechler publicly announced herself undeclared. She remained undecided until Tuesday night’s vote for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, when she cast her vote for Clinton. “I was on the fence,” Beechler said.