TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — The Democratic National Convention starting in less than 24 hours. Delegates from Kansas have already left for Philadelphia. KSNT News found out what a Kansas delegate can expect at this year’s DNC. Kansas Democratic Delegates will be making the transition from this building at 700 SW Jackson to this building…the wells Fargo Center. The Wells Fargo Center is the site of the democratic national convention for three days. Kansas Delegates who are going will face challenges before they even get to the convention.
“They are not cheap. This one is ridiculously expensive,” said Joan Wagnon, a Democratic Delegate heading to Philadelphia.
Wagnon told KSNT News hotels were so pricey, she went for an Air-BnB. If it is expensive, why go?
“I want to go and cast my vote for Hillary,” said Wagnon.
Wagnon’s vote for Party Nominee will be cast on this convention floor later this week. However, this convention won’t be the first time Wagnon will be voting as a delegate. In 2012, she was on the convention floor voting for President Obama during his re-election.
“I have been a lifelong democrat and never ever thought that I would get to go to a political convention,” said Wagnon.
But since she is going again, Wagnon is old hat at the convention process. Especially when it comes to the convention process like listening to the speakers, to the voting, and to the security lines.
“That newness won’t be there,” said Wagnon.
Despite that, this year’s convention will still be special for Wagnon. Not only will Wagnon see Hillary Clinton give her speech. She will see 31 other people at the podium including former President Bill Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and President Barack Obama.
“I hope they will be telling a story about what is important to the country and what the Democratic Party can do about that,” said Wagnon.
But for Wagnon, her time in Philadelphia will be all about Hillary Clinton who is about to make history.
“I’m looking forward to not only being on the convention floor when they nominate a woman for president but also spending time with my family,” said Wagnon.