Eight area Democrats from the 6th Congressional District have been chosen to represent the borough at this year’s Democratic National Convention to be held during the week of Sept. 3 in Charlotte, NC. These delegates were nominated by the state Democratic Party and the Obama campaign.
The representatives are: Democratic district leaders Jacqueline Boyce, Elmer Blackburne, Taj Rajkumar, Valerie West, Roslin Spigner and Archie Spigner — who is also a former City Councilman — Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) and City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica).
“There is a sense of excitement to be able to go to the Democratic National Convention and be in the company of Democrats from all over the country,” Archie Spigner said Wednesday. “We are going to come out united. There is no apparent opposition to the president, so we are going to go there, make speeches, get fired up and move forward.”
Boyce expressed similar sentiments. She was born in North Carolina, has family there and visits annually, but she has never been to the DNC before. “I am really excited,” Boyce said. “This is a real highlight in my life to be able to support the first African-American president and ensure his re-election. I think I have worked hard enough in this community to be chosen as a delegate.”