NC delegates prepare for busy week during DNC

by: Scott Wickersham Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - North Carolina delegates are getting ready for a very busy week during the Democratic National Convention.

Katherine Alexander, president of Hispanic American Democrats of Mecklenburg County, is a North Carolina delegate for the DNC.

Eyewitness News met her near her home in east Charlotte, where there's a heavy Latino population. She plans to bring their voices with her to the DNC.

“For the Hispanic community, we have immigration that needs to be fixed,” Alexander said. “The Dream Act only has a two-year lead time to it.”

Many diverse voices will be heard in Charlotte. The state delegation has 92 women and 92 men.

Eighty-eight are African-American, 13 are LGBT, five are Asian, six are physically challenged, nine are Hispanic or Latino and three are Native American.

Forty-two are from within the Channel 9 viewing area, and 25 are from Charlotte.

Uptown Charlotte is well represented, too. Three delegates came from the historic Fourth Ward, including Nelda Leon.

“When I saw the email, I said yes,” Leon said.

While she doesn't yet have details of the actual agenda, she looks forward to representing her neighbors from one of Charlotte's oldest neighborhoods.

“We are a diverse group,” she said. “To help represent and be good ambassadors for Charlotte and make decisions on platform issues.”

Both women hope the thousands of other delegates from across America learn something about Charlotte while they're here -- that it's unique and worth coming back to. 

Four of South Carolina's delegates are also from the Channel 9 viewing area -- two from Rock Hill, one from Indian Land and one from Fort Mill.