Democratic CEO: Birmingham visit great so far

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The chief executive of the Democratic National Committee says a visit to assess Birmingham’s bid to host the 2016 national convention is going great so far.

Party CEO Amy Dacey briefly addressed the crowd at a public event in downtown Birmingham on Monday night. The two-day site visit concludes Tuesday.

Dacey says the city is being considered for the convention because of the passion and pride displayed by leaders during a meeting to discuss the bid.

But Birmingham is a long way from getting the convention.

The party will also visit potential convention sites in Columbus, Ohio; New York; Philadelphia and Phoenix, Arizona. Officials hope to announce a decision by late this year or early 2015.

Leaders hope the bid will raise Birmingham’s profile even if it isn’t selected.

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