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An Ozarks Perspective of the Democratic National Convention

Democrats from around the country are meeting this week in North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser spoke with one delegate from the Ozarks and has this report.

Matthew Patterson is a first time delegate. While the overall purpose of the convention is to nominate a Democratic presidential candidate, Patterson says there is more to it than that.

“And then also to build up energy and excitement and to rally the base and send people out…back to their communities to get the community back…when they get back to the community to rally and build energy and build support for the president also.”

Thousands of delegates from around the country participate in the convention, and Patterson says that’s his favorite part.

“There are just so many different people; I think you truly see what America looks like at the Democratic Convention. There’s so many different people, different ethnic groups, different religions, different thoughts and ways of life. It’s just exciting to see them all come together.”

Patterson is also excited to hear the Convention’s many speakers, which include Michelle Obama, former President Clinton, and the current President and Vice President.

Informal convention events began Sunday with a delegate welcome party. Formal convention proceedings start today. Nearly six thousand delegates are expected to take part in the convention which ends on Thursday.

For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.