Central Texas Delegates attend DNC in Philadelphia

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 19:49:02-04

Three McLennan County delegates traveled to Philadelphia this week to attend the Democratic National Convention.

Mary Duty, McLennan County Democratic Party Chair, and Sitina Gutierrez, an at large Bernie Sanders delegate, said there is heavy security near the convention site but officers have been helpful. 

"Mobs of people coming at them and they're still keeping their composure. They're doing what they have to do to keep us safe," Gutierrez said.

The Department of Homeland Security said they are sending about 3,000 personnel to the DNC. The city is expecting up to 50-thousand protestors a day.

"Every bus has a armed homeland security agent on it. We see a lot of guns." Duty said. "There's not a way a naysayer can get into our midst. That's a comforting thought in this day and age."

On Sunday, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her decision to step down after the convention. The announcement came after some 20,000 confidential DNC emails appeared to show staffers favored Clinton over Sanders. Gutierrez said it wasn't too much of a surprise.

"This is something that as a Sanders supporter, we already knew.  We've been screaming it from the top of our lungs this whole election that it hasn't run fairly. And it hasn't. They took a good honest candidate and they held him down. That's insane to me. It's absolutely unbelievable," Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez and Duty both said being in Philadelphia for the DNC is a life changing experience and they feel honored to be there. 

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