Democrats to visit Phoenix, other potential 2016 convention sites
Democratic National Committee
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats plan to travel to six cities this summer to evaluate potential sites for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Officials with the Democratic National Committee are studying how each city might accommodate the tens of thousands of party leaders and activists who will flock to the convention, where the party will nominate its next presidential candidate.
The DNC said it will visit Birmingham, Alabama, on July 21-22; Cleveland on Aug. 4-5; Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 6-7; New York on Aug. 11-12; Philadelphia on Aug. 13-14; and Phoenix on Sept. 10-11.
The group will be led by Amy Dacey, the DNC's chief executive officer, and review potential venues, hotels and transportation options for delegates, party activists and media.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is expected to announce the host city later this year or in early 2015.