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Convention notebook: Record Latino representation at Obama nomination event

Posted: September 4, 2012 7:01 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2012 7:01 p.m.

Local Democrat Sherryan Lima, one of 6,000 delegates attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., said Tuesday she is excited and inspired about the campaign planned for California in the upcoming general election.

Reached by phone at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena, Lima spoke to The Signal just minutes before First Lady Michelle Obama was scheduled to speak.

“She’s just about to come on and we’re all very excited,” she said.

“There’s a lot of energy, a lot of people and everybody is fired up.”

For the first time in Charlotte’s history, Democrat delegates gathered there to officially nominate the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the upcoming general election.

The four-day convention, dubbed CarolinaFest 2012 and hosted by the not-for-profit Democratic National Convention Committee, kicked off Monday morning with the Charlotte Labor Day Parade.

One of the most exciting aspects of the historic convention is the unprecedented number of Latino delegates, Lima said.

“There are 800 Latino delegates,” she said. “That’s a record. We never had that many before. It’s pretty amazing.”
CNN en Espanol is covering the convention under the programming banner Voto Latino 2012, during which anchors Juan Carlos López and Patricia Janiot are expected to discuss the importance of the Hispanic vote in the 2012 presidential elections.

“Everybody is willing to roll up their sleeves for this election,” Lima said.

“Nothing is ever taken for granted.”

Rallying points for many Democrats in Charlotte is the president’s stand on health care, said Lima, the delegate representing Congressional District 25, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley.

Joining delegates for a series of speeches and networking sessions at the $55 million convention are an estimated 10,000 volunteers and 15,000 journalists.




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