DNC Calls Columbus Visit “Helpful”, Still No Decision On 2016

Delegates from the Democratic National Party arrive Wednesday at Nationwide Arena.(Photo: Tom Borgerding / WOSU)
Delegates from the Democratic National Party arrive Wednesday at Nationwide Arena.(Photo: Tom Borgerding / WOSU)

Columbus awaits a decision on a political plum. A team from the Democratic National Committee wrapped up a two day visit to get a close up look for a possible 2016 national convention.

Mayor Michael Coleman hosted the convention advisory team.

“You know, I’m not going to make odds. I’m not going to guess about this,” Coleman said late Thursday.

But, Coleman says the city has the facilities, abilities, and the politics to attract a national political convention.

DNC Chief Executive Amy Dacey characterized the visit as “incredibly helpful.” The group saw first hand the city’s convention center, Nationwide Arena, Ohio Stadium and entertainment districts.

Dacey identified two factors she says are critical for Columbus to host the convention.

“The consideration of course, finance and logistics, take a lot and are at the forefront of making this a convention that works and works for everybody,” Dacey says.

Asked whether Columbus could raise the estimated tens of millions of dollars to attract the democrats, Mayor Coleman declined to speculate.

“I’m not going to get into that. But, I do feel good about the fact that it can be raised. So, I’m not going to get into an overall number.”

Columbus is among five cities competing for the 2016 convention. Last month, Cleveland won the backing of a Republican National Committee panel to host the GOP convention.

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