By Kia Croom
Eight delegates and one alternate from Contra Costa County’s Eleventh District attended this week’s National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
District 11 is made up of 24 cities including Richmond, Walnut Creek, Danville, Concord and Bay Point.
“This is probably one of the most exciting DNC conventions in history,” said Uche Uwahemu, District 11 delegate and CEO of Cal Bay Consulting Group, LLC.
“The diversity represented at the convention is the essence of what makes the Democratic Party,” he said. “This year’s DNC has 1,000 more delegates than in 2008—that’s amazing!”
“It’s very high energy with Democrats united to make sure that we are fueled up and ready to get President Obama re-elected to office,” said Ayesha Walker, delegate and Obama volunteer.
This year’s DNC is recognized as the single most open and accessible in the party’s history with representation from more than 6,000 delegates. California had 609 delegates, more than any other state.
District 11 delegates included Michael Davenport, principal owner of DP Security Management Services and Obama volunteer; Harpreet S. Sandhu, former Richmond City Councilman and community activist; Jerome C. Pandell, UC Hastings Law student and Obama volunteer; Tanisha Sandhu, Samuel Merritt College student and Obama volunteer; Rae Schindler, Mills College student and Obama volunteer; Susan G. Hamel, Obama volunteer coordinator and community organizer; and alternate delegate Lori A. Garcia, Obama volunteer.