National Democrats paying Birmingham a visit to scope it out as possible convention site
Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, is ready to roll out the red carpet.
Sewell said yesterday she was excited to learn Birmingham has "advanced to the next step" in the process to be considered as a host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The DNC's technical advisory group will be visiting Birmingham in the coming weeks.
"I look forward to working with the mayor, his team and the DNC to showcase our great city. Birmingham is a prime candidate to host the convention given its rich civil rights history and cultural significance," Sewell said.
The Republican National Committee announced yesterday it had narrowed its choices down to two cities: Dallas and Cleveland. Cleveland is also on the Democrat's list, as are Birmingham, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio.
The convention bids are being evaluated by a technical advisory committee, which will visit the possible sites. A final decision is expected in late 2014 or early 2015.