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Lake Tahoe women celebrate history at July’s DNC in Philly

Kayla Anderson
Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Following the Republican National Convention in Colorado on July 18-21, the Democratic National Convention was an equally highly anticipated event that drew thousands of attendees.

During the four days at the end of July, guests in Philadelphia were treated to inspirational speeches by prominent speakers, top musicians and distinguished politicians.

Among those in the crowd were Incline Village Democrats Coralin Glerum and Lynn Greer, who spoke with the Bonanza about the highlights and favorite moments from the DNC.

"We arrived on Sunday and stayed through Saturday," said Glerum. "On the first day, we got floor passes and watched Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders speak. It was such a great first night; the energy was electric. Then it just got better and better."

As a huge advocate of women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, Glerum said she was thrilled to be present when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be a major party's presumptive nominee for president.

"I never thought I'd see that in my lifetime," she said.

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Although there were a lot of influential speakers at the convention, the event that surprised Glerum the most was when a woman took the stage who lost her son in the Orlando shootings.

"In an arena with 16,000 people, you could hear a pin drop," Glerum said.

She said the convention center was silent as people seemed to respect her pain.

"It was powerful; the violence has to stop," Glerum added.

Glerum admitted that conventions are four-day pep rallies, and this year's DNC felt very inclusive as the attendees saw themselves represented in the speakers and in the many issues brought to the floor.

"It shows that our country is stronger by bringing in different perspectives," she said.

Glerum mentioned that the whole DNC was a "huge, wonderful experience," but it was the normal people and their stories that hit home for her.

With it being the first DNC Glerum ever attended, she said she doesn't know if she could've picked a better one.

"Personally, I choked up when Hillary walked out," Glerum said.

This year's DNC marked the fourth in attendance for Greer, a longtime supporter who served as a delegate for Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential election.

She said that the 2016 DNC was filled with real people telling real stories, not politicians talking just to talk.

"There was a real feeling of family," she said.

Greer says there were many highlights throughout the DNC, but when she checked her phone toward the end of the convention to see that Clinton was over the top in votes, "It was done; we succeeded. It was a historical moment."

Greer also noted that she was touched by Michelle Obama's speech, as well as that of Khizr Khan — the man whose son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, a American-Muslim soldier, died in 2004 in the Iraq War.

"Everyone was absolutely raptured when Mr. Khan pulled out the constitution and asked, 'What have you sacrificed, Mr. Trump?' Those two actions brought the house down; they were pivotal moments," she said.

Like Glerum suggested, every time attendees were blown away by a presenter, the convention just kept getting better.

"Cory Booker, Joe Biden and Obama's speeches were just phenomenal. And the final speech, Hillary's, she took the gloves off," said Greer.

Glerum and Greer are members of the recently formed North Lake Democrats group, which is an offshoot of the Democratic Party of Washoe County. Visit northlakedems.org to learn more.

Kayla Anderson is an Incline Village-based freelance writer with a background in marketing and journalism. Email her at kaylaanderson1080@gmail.com.

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