The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina kicks off Tuesday, less than a week after the Republicans wrapped up in Tampa.
Georgia’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be sharing the event 24-7 by blogging and posting on the website DelegateDiaries dot com. This is Sheri Mann Stewart’s first time as a delegate from Atlanta—and her first time attending a convention. She says she’s planning to blog about some of the issues she’s personally concerned about for Georgia:
“I have two sons myself which is part of the reason why I stay politically involved and care about these issues. Education in our state is unfortunately not where I’d like to see it. I’m also active in the GLBT which stands for the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender community and our state has a long way to go in terms of equal rights in that way and marriage rights.”
Mike Berlon, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, says it’s a matter of time before Georgia “goes back to blue” and aligns with a Democratic presidential candidate:
“We know there are actually more Democrats in the state than there are Republicans. Despite low turn out by Democrats, we will get the numbers that will allow us to win the state on a fairly regular basis. I don’t think there’s much question that four years from now the state definitely goes blue. And I think Republicans have a tendency to overestimate their strengths or underestimate ours.”
Georgia hasn’t gone to a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton was elected in 1996.
During the convention, delegates will officially nominate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic ticket for the Presidency.