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Danbury Democrats Excited About Charlotte Convention

DANBURY, Conn. – Danbury residents Dianne Eppinger, Michelle James and Julie Kushner hope this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., will be a positive rallying cry for the party’s fall campaign.

The three are attending as part of the Connecticut delegation, and they are excited to hear the speakers, learn about the party’s platform and caucus with fellow Democrats. Last week, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Corporation Counsel Bob Yamin attended the Republican National Convention in Florida.

“We’re looking for a positive vision from President [Barack] Obama about what he will do to keep this country moving forward,” Eppinger said. “We need to keep improving the unemployment situation and this country’s educational system.”

Last week’s convention in Tampa was a disappointment to James, a mother of two adult children who said she did not hear anything from the GOP speakers about how they would help all Americans, particularly women.

“Republicans have not embraced women’s issues,” she said. “They want to control women’s bodies and what kinds of choices we can make.”

She was especially unimpressed by the speech given by Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “She doesn’t really know what a lot of women have to go through,” James said.

Obama and Democratic leaders have made women’s issues a central part of this year’s campaign, and James is looking forward to hearing discussions about health care, among other topics.

Eppinger said she hopes that Democrats leave the convention energized to work together to re-elect Obama.

In a knock against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose speech at the Republican convention was criticized for being too much about him and not enough about Romney, Eppinger said Democrats need to show party unity.

“We don’t need speakers to tell us how wonderful they are or how wonderful their state is,” she said, chuckling. “A lot of the speakers at the Republican convention were already looking toward their 2016 candidacy.”

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