It is Labor Day at about quarter to 10 in the morning, and I am sitting at Cleveland Hopkins airport awaiting my flight to Charlotte for my first ever Democratic convention.
In Lorain, labor was celebrated yesterday with the 18th Annual Labor Fest at Black River Landing. Dozens of labor unions along with residents gathered to celebrate the middle class and what the labor cause has meant for the middle class. Discussions about what this election means to the middle class and which candidates support values aimed at strengthening the middle class occurred throughout the day. I expect these same themes to be on full display this week in Charlotte.
Formal convention activities do not start until tomorrow, but I am looking forward to arriving and settling in with fellow delegates. Some local Charlotte Labor Day celebrations will be taking place, so I am sure I will be checking some of those out. With a variety of gatherings and events throughout the evening, I am excited at the prospect of whom I might bump into along the way.
Until my next update,
Chase Ritenauer is mayor of Lorain and a delegate to the 2012 Democratic national convention.