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Republicans and Democrats will hold their national conventions this week and next.
The GOP takes center stage this week as the Republican National Convention is held in Tampa.
Democrats will converge on Charlotte next week for the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
We contacted our local delegates to both conventions and asked them an identical set of questions. Here's what DNC delegate Bruce Hamilton, a Half Moon Bay resident who retired as executive director for the nonprofit Human Investment Project, has to say.
How did you become a delegate for the Democratic National Convention?
I was elected at our Congressional District Caucus.
Why did you want to become one?
I was a delegate way back in 1972 (McGovern in New York City) and 1976 (Carter in Miami) and it is a unique and special experience. It is like spending four days in a semi-manageable microcosm of our country, oh but minus Republicans. It is an honor to participate.
What are you doing to prepare for the Convention?
I am preparing not only for the convention but to be away for nine weeks. Following the convention in Charlotte, I go to Florida to work full time through Election Day November 6th for the reelection of President Obama. Packing a couple pairs of good walking shoes is at the top of my preparation list.
What do you hope to take away from the Convention?
Renewed optimism for the outcome and renewed faith in our battered political system.
Who are you most looking forward to rubbing elbows with?
"We the People."
What important issues do you want to address with other delegates at the Convention?
Commitment to revitalizing the middle class including revising our tax code so that the rich will pay a fair share of the cost of the privilege of living in this great country.
How important is it to represent your community at the Convention?
It is important to represent Half Moon Bay and I consider myself a representative of all the good Democrats in Congresswoman Jackie Speier's 14th Congressional District.
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