by Carmen Cusido
June 17, 2012
RALEIGH N.C. — Democrats on Saturday selected the remainder of the party’s 158-member delegation to September’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. And they did it with an emphasis on diversity.
Among those picked Saturday: Janice Covington of Charlotte, the first openly transgender person to serve as a Democratic delegate from the state.“It’s important to my community – to the whole LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community” – to be a part of the convention, Covington, 64, said. “We’ve always been left off the bus. Transgenders have always been the redheaded stepchildren.”
Ninety-three N.C. delegates were chosen at district-wide conventions in May. They’ll be among 6,000 delegates at the convention in Charlotte, including alternates.
The delegation also emphasizes youth, party officials said.
“As soon as we knew that the convention was going to be in Charlotte, we really, really wanted to give young people an opportunity to be involved,” said Sam Spencer, 27, president of the state Young Democrats. “The people in leadership wanted this to be the most youth-friendly convention in Democratic history.”