CHARLOTTE, NC – There are now two options available to Union County residents interested in attending the final night of the Democratic Party’s national convention and watching and hearing in person President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden give their acceptance speeches.
On Monday, Union County Democratic Party Chair Ann Stevens announced that the party had requested 100 tickets for the final night of the convention which will be held Sept. 6 in the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The tickets are free and those who take the party up on its offer will get to attend the final night of the convention when Obama and Biden accept the Democratic Party’s nomination presidential and vice-presidential nomination. Stevens said those who attend will not be doing so as delegates or alternates to the convention. They will simply be there to watch Obama and Biden deliver their acceptance speeches and to have what Stevens said will be “the experience of a lifetime.”
Those who opt to go with the Union County Democratic Party will travel on buses chartered by the party. If you want to attend the Democratic National Convention via one of the free tickets, call the Union County Democratic Party, 103 E. Main St., Union, at 427-6281, 427-6887, or 424-9288 or email at email@example.com.
Now there’s another avenue open for Union County residents interested in attending the last night of the convention, this one provided by the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC).
In a statement released Thursday, 2012 Democratic Convention Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villagarosia announced that the DNCC is offering “community credentials,” an online program that will enable people from around the country to sign up for and attend the final night of the convention.The goal of the program is to open the convention to the general public as much as possible and to bring in as many people from around the country to watch what Villagarosia said will be Obama’s final convention speech as a presidential candidate.
“These community credentials will allow Americans to participate in the final night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and be there in person to witness history as President Obama gives his last convention speech as a candidate for president,”Villagarosia said. “Eight years ago, the President gave the keynote address that propelled him onto the national stage. Four years ago, he gave a historic acceptance speech in front of Americans in Denver. This year, in Charlotte, is the last opportunity for a convention audience to see him give a speech as a candidate for president.”
DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan said the community credentials program is an effort by the party to get more Americans in the discussion of how the country moves forward.
“The Democratic National Convention is engaging more Americans than ever before by opening the doors to the public to attend the acceptance speeches of President Obama and Vice President Biden and be a part of history,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. “From the beginning of our convention planning, Democrats have used this convention as an opportunity to engage Americans in a conversation about moving our country forward. By opening and closing our convention with open events, we have an unprecedented opportunity to organize and engage the American public.”
Anyone interested in attending the last night of the convention should go online at barackobama.com/community-credentials. You will fill in your name, email address, telephone number, and zip code and submit that information. Everyone who makes a submission will be contacted by a representative of the Obama campaign.
The website states that those who receive community credentials to attend the convention will have to arrange their own travel and lodging.