Among the finalists for the 2016 Democratic National Convention are Columbus, Ohio; New York City; and Philadelphia. Birmingham, Ala., and Phoenix lost their bids to host the liberal party convention.
“We are fortunate to have such a diverse and vibrant group of cities interested in hosting this special event and we thank Phoenix and Birmingham for showcasing their special communities,” stated Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic committee’s chairwoman.
Eyeing the nation’s Northeast region for the next presidential campaign, officials stated the convention would take place during the weeks of July 18, July 25 or Aug. 22.
The committee’s official site and date selection will likely be announced early next year.
City of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wishes to host the Democratic party at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“We see Brooklyn’s story as America’s story – a story of possibility, of hope, of diversity, of a new start,” said Blasio.
In preparation for the city’s bid, Mayor de Blasio compiled a list of local supporters including executives, labor leaders and philanthropists who have pledged support. His administration has reportedly secured $10 million in commitments, with plans to raise $100 million in anticipation of the convention.
Columbus, Ohio, is located in a key swing state, but faces stiff competition from New York City, which has a financial stronghold, and Philadelphia, which offers convenience for delegates.