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Phil Sterner attended the Democratic National Convention last week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sterner attends DNC as delegate

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While it was an exhausting three days, Phil Sterner will tell you being at the Democratic National Convention was exciting. Sterner, a Rosemount resident, travelled to Charlotte, N.C. as alternate member of the Minnesota Delegation Sept. 4-6.

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The convention was held at Time Warner Cable Arena. Sterner said there were nearly 6,000 delegates who attended the convention from all 50 states. Add in the press and others involved with the Democratic National Party and it was a packed house.

"I was really impressed with the diversity and the people who came from all walks of life," said Sterner.

The primetime speeches provided the most excitement. Sterner said Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama wowed the convention. He added that former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm also gave a rousing speech.

Sterner said from his seat he could see the teleprompter, so it was interesting to see who would follow along and who would ad lib. Those seats meant he also ended up on television quite a few times, which he said was a little nerve racking.

"You had to be on guard because you didn't know when you would be on television," said Sterner.

In addition to the speeches, Sterner said it was exciting to see all the people and press who showed up for the event. During the convention he met Rev. Jesse Jackson, Minneapolis mayor RT Rybak and Ty Pennington, the host of Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

Each day would begin early with a breakfast meeting with the delegates of South Dakota. During those breakfasts Minnesota's Democratic leaders, including Sen. Amy Klobochar, Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton, spoke to the delegates.

Then, the nearly 6,000 delegates from across the country would attend caucus meetings to discuss issues. Sterner said the issues ranged from women's rights, to small businesses, to disabilities to veteran's issues.

Overall Sterner said it was a good experience. Sterner said he's been interested in politics since he was a little boy. He attended the DNC in 1984 but then started his family and let others handle the politics for a while. Sterner has served on the Rosemount City Council and as state Representative for District 37B.

Sterner said he believes in getting involved in politics because, "everyone can make a difference."

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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