MILWAUKEE — The Democratic National Convention wraps up Thursday night. Besides the speeches from politicians, the convention also included a lot of work during the day. All this week, hundreds of delegates have been virtually talking to candidates and attending political meetings to nominate their party’s presidential candidate and to choose a political platform.
“I am a first-time delegate and it’s been exciting. It’s been a ‘bucket list’ of mine,” said Lynn Carey, Wisconsin DNC delegate from Germantown.
For Carey, this convention might have been her only shot at going to the DNC. The Germantown woman almost died five years ago but was saved by a double lung transplant. She says even though this convention didn’t end up like she imagined, she is still proud to take part.
“This was a little different but it’s also historical. That’s what I am telling my friends. The first virtual convention even in the history of our country and I was part of it,” said Carey.
Fellow first-time delegate Connie Cobb Madsen from Racine also feels like she was a part of history choosing the first Black woman and first Asian American woman to be the Democratic Vice President Nominee in Kamala Harris.
“It was very exciting last night to see Senator Harris accept. That was monumental, glad to be part of the history to see her do that,” said Madsen.
The delegates say the virtual caucuses and morning breakfasts made them feel like they were a special part in the convention even though they weren't there in person.
“My favorite part is having a lot of the speakers talk to the Wisconsin delegations. This morning we had Governor Gretchen Whitmere talk to us so that was fun. Seeing them talk to us, interact with us, and getting their perspective of the convention,” said Ryan Sorenson, Wisconsin DNC Delegate from Sheboygan.
“We had a visit yesterday with our candidate, Vice President Biden, Joe spent some time with us,” said Carey.
And though they are excited to watch Biden accept the Democratic Presidential Nomination Thursday night, the delegates say they know there is even more to do when the final gavel falls, and the DNC wraps up.
“Tonight is the culmination of the four days and it sends us on our way to start or continue because we have been working hard for four years to work hard elect our candidates,” said Carey.