Kathryn Focke, chair of the Riley County Democratic Party, is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Here is her report on events Tuesday night and Wednesday morning:
“On Tuesday, I attended the Women’s Caucus at the Charlotte Convention Center. The two-hour meeting was attended by more than 2,000 and featured a host of national leading women who focused on women’s issues and how the Obama administration has stood for their rights, including job parity and health decisions. Sharp contrasts were drawn between the two candidates on issues important to women.
“In the afternoon I attended the Small Business Owners Council meeting. There have been many areas of support, such as expansion of SBA programs though local banks, 18 tax cuts that have helped small business owners, grants and support for local businesses. In the past 29 months, 4.5 million private jobs have been created, which is more than the previous eight years….
“The convention convened with many national speakers, culminating in an exceptional speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. The delegates were ’fired up,’ and ‘ready to go.’ The electricity and excitement in the air was phenomenal, and I’m ready for tomorrow.”