Birmingham mayor: Disappointment over DNC decision

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Birmingham officials say they’re disappointed the city is no longer in the running as a site for the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

The party announced Monday that New York, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, are finalists to host the event. The decision eliminates Birmingham and Phoenix from consideration.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell says the city faced long odds but would have been a “tremendous” host city.

He says the city will pursue ways to get involved in future events put on by the Democratic National Committee.

Birmingham spent about $275,000 promoting the city’s bid for the convention.

The party plans to name a host city late this year or early next year. The Republican Party will hold its convention in Cleveland in two years.

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