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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two Essex County residents — including the Minerva town supervisor — participated in the National Democratic Convention this week along with more than 6,000 delegates from around the country.
Essex County Democratic Chair and Minerva Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey and Essex County Committee member Mark Whitney, of Schroon Lake, took roles in choosing the presidential ticket for Democrats.
Corey is serving as a member of the Platform Committee while Whitney is a delegate to the convention and will play an active role in nominating President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.
“The New York delegation is the second largest at the convention,” Whitney said Tuesday. “It’s an honor to serve as a member of the delegation and to see up close how the Democratic Party chooses its presidential and vice presidential candidates.”
Whitney has been actively participating in caucuses prior to the formal convention activities. The caucuses cover a variety of interests including faith-based democrats, Native Americans, Hispanic, Black, Women, Small Business and Rural issues.
The New York delegation has received briefings from several New York and national leaders. Morning briefings from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and others are helping delegates understand the implications of national issues for our state.
Corey noted that jobs and economic security is on everyone’s mind in Charlotte.
“We’re proud of the efforts of leaders like Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is due to speak on Thursday and President Barack Obama to restore economic strength to New York and the Nation,” Corey said Tuesday. “The North Country, like other rural regions, has unique economic needs that must be addressed and with the talents of the people and businesses of the North Country and the commitment from the governor and president, we can achieve the economic success we’re all hoping for.”