Democratic Convention to feature Atlanta Leaders

Roll Call Vote is tonight

August 18, 2020
Atlanta Mayor Bottoms during virtual Georgia Delegate breakfast

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On the heels of an opening night keynoted by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech basically attacking President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic National Committee is previewing night two of its convention.

Among the Georgians scheduled to play a prominent role tonight are Stacey Abrams, the former gubernatorial candidate, and State Representative Sam Park, the first openly gay man elected to the Georgia State Legislature. They’ll be joined by former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates of Atlanta, and former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn.

The convention is being held online over 4 nights. 

Georgia delegates will join others from across the country when they cast their nominating votes tonight. State Senator Nikema Williams of Atlanta, a candidate for the late Rep. John Lewis’ congressional seat, will cast Georgia’s 117 electoral votes. According to the DNC, the convention will also include a tribute to Lewis.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is scheduled to take the stage Thursday night, before Biden accepts the nomination as the party candidate for U.S. President.

Mayor Bottoms made a brief appearance during Tuesday’s Georgia delegation virtual breakfast.  Bottoms said that she was so inspired by the former first lady’s speech Monday night “I went to bed dreaming about Michelle Obama.”

The Georgia delegates were also joined Tuesday by U.S. Senator and former candidate for President Amy Klobuchar who called Biden running mate Kamala Harris “a friend” and “the key to the turnout.”

Valerie Biden Owens tells Georgia delegates her brother is complete opposite of President Trump
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Valerie Biden Owens told the Georgia delegates her brother is “the total opposite of Donald Trump” and that the country “is tired of being bullied.”

On Monday, the delegates were joined at breakfast by U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath who said “the COVID-19 pandemic has ripped the divisions in our country completely wide open” with people of color considerably impacted.

The Republican Party national convention will be held next week.