Conventioneers enjoying being a part of history

This article can be found published on the Daily Local News‘ website, the Delaware County Daily Times‘ website, The Mercury‘s website, The Times Herald‘s website and The Reporter‘s website.
West Chester mayor Carolyn Comitta, left, is interviewed by the BBC’s James Coomarasamy during the convention. (Carolyn Comitta)

West Chester mayor Carolyn Comitta, left, is interviewed by the BBC’s James Coomarasamy during the convention. (Carolyn Comitta)

PHILADELPHIA — It is one thing to watch history unfold before your eyes, but for two well-known Chester County residents, they have been fortunate enough to take part in history at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Tuesday night, the delegates officially nominated Hillary Clinton as their candidate for president, making her the first female to run for the office from one of the two major parties in the United States and Wednesday, the two county residents heard from both the president and vice president in their speeches to the convention.

Kathi Cozzone, a delegate from the 6th District and a Chester County Commissioner, was awestruck being in the Wells Fargo Center to hear President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden speak on the third night of the Democratic National Convention.

“It was simply amazing,” she said. “It’s hard to find the right words. I will admit I had tears in my eyes for both speeches – not only for what they said about this election, but also knowing that this would be the last time I would see and hear them at a convention as the sitting President and Vice President.”

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This isn’t the first time Cozzone has seen Obama and Biden, having also attending the Democratic conventions in 2008 and 2012.

Though it is difficult for her to compare the other conventions to this year’s, Cozzone fully realizes that two of the Democratic conventions she has attended have been historic.

“I find them (the conventions) to be inspiring and exciting for different reasons,” she said. “2008 was the convention where we nominated the first African American; 2012 was where we celebrated the accomplishments of the Obama administration and made the commitment to reelect.

“This year is historic in our nomination of a woman and an opportunity to thank the Obamas and Bidens for their service.”

West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta, who is an alternate delegate, has also found this convention to be very emotional for her.

She described Wednesday night as inspiring, proud, moving and hopeful.

“I love being together with thousands who are inspired by the many stories of people whose lives have been made better by the work of President Obama, Joe Biden, Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton,” she said. “I am very optimistic about the future with Hillary Clinton as our next president (and) I am honored to be part of the Pennsylvania Delegation as we make history and shape the future.”

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