Phoenix will bid for 2016 Democratic convention

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says the city will bid to host the Democratic Party's presidential nominating convention in 2016.

His announcement comes Tuesday, the same day the Democratic National Committee released a list of the 15 cities it is considering for the convention. Phoenix is on that list, along with Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

A decision is not expected until late this year or early 2015. Most cities expect the convention to cost between $55 million and $60 million.

Stanton says hosting the convention would deliver a boost to local businesses and would put the issues people in Phoenix face every day on the national stage.

Stanton also supported efforts to host the Republican convention, but the GOP has eliminated Phoenix from consideration.