LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Monday is the first day of the Democratic National Convention, where Joe Biden will formally accept the party’s nomination for president.
The Democratic National Convention was supposed to take place in-person in Milwaukee, but everything has shifted online in the wake of COVID-19. Still, the convention is taking place, and a few local leaders will have some time in the spotlight.
Nevada State Senator Yvanna Cancela is speaking at the convention on Tuesday. She’s one of 17 democrats nationwide chosen as keynote speakers, described by the DNC as rising stars of the party.
“It’s a tremendous honor to get to represent Nevada,” said State Senator Cancela. “It’s really a testament to where the Democratic party sees itself going, to a place that is diverse, it’s inclusive, it’s progressive.”
U.S. Senator from Nevada, Catherine Cortez-Masto, will speak Monday night.
Everyone in attendance will be showing support for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
But a trump campaign spokesperson tells 8 News Now, “As the DNC convention convenes this week, Nevadans will see the far-left socialist policies that make Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the most extreme ticket in history. President Trump will continue to put America first.”
Nevada Democrats are planning watch parties all week, calling this the most accessible convention yet.
“Our goal within the party is to make sure that we have as many Nevadan Democrats as possible participating and also it’s important for them to understand what’s exactly at stake in this election,” said William McCurdy II — Chairman of the Nevada State Democratic Party. “This is a time for us to unite.”
They hope to inspire involvement all the way to the ballot box.
“To engage Democrats to watch the convention, but to then take that energy into Election Day,” said State Senator Cancela.
The Republican National Convention is set to take place next week.