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Birmingham City Councilors Converge on DNC In Hopes of Putting Birmingham’s Goals on the Radar for the Next Democratic Presidential Nominee

PRESS RELEASE                                                                         Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The 2016 Democratic National Convention is in full effect, and while many attendees are anticipating the announcement of the party’s presidential nominee, Birmingham City Councilors have another agenda in mind as they look to interact with national officials attending the convention this week in Philadelphia. With a lineup including Senators, State Representatives, and a number of DNC officials, Councilors will be meeting with attendees to lay out some of their goals for Birmingham in the coming years. Councilor Sheila Tyson was elected as a delegate for Secretary Hillary Clinton from the 7th Congressional District and President Pro Tempore Steven W. Hoyt was elected as a Statewide Party Leader/Elected Official for Senator Bernie Sanders.

“Having two Councilors from Birmingham serving as official delegates opens so many doors for our city,” said Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin. “It is vital that we take every opportunity to pursue funding from every source possible to support our schools, rebuild our neighborhoods, and improve public safety. Tonight delegates will vote on the Democratic Presidential Nominee, and I’m so glad that my colleagues are doing their part to ensure that a democrat is elected as the next President of the United States of America.”

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to bring the convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event. The convention kicked off Monday with speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders and DREAMer Astrid Silva. Tuesday will focus on the DNC’s involvement with children and families, and Former President Bill Clinton will speak, along with the Mothers of the Movement group.

“This is a once-in-a-decade moment for us, as the secretaries of every federal department, their staffs, and even the President and Vice-President of the United State are in one place at one time,” said Councilor Hoyt. “This is a tremendous moment to get “a bang for our buck” and not a dime is coming from the City to pay for any of this effort.”

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will speak Wednesday on a day the DNC says will focus on the “high stakes in this election and how Hillary has the experience and steadiness to bring people together to tackle the big challenges and get results. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will speak on the last day of the convention as she outlines her plans and vision for the U.S. under her “Stronger Together” theme.

For a list of the full convention schedule please click on the link below:

List of speakers for the 2016 Democratic National Convention

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or