Alabama delegates attend DNC in Philadelphia

Published: Jul. 25, 2016 at 8:40 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2016 at 9:19 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia Monday morning. Joining the hundreds of delegates and supporters are democrats who represent the state of Alabama.

Some Alabama delegates said they are concerned about the vast number of staunch Bernie Sanders supporters.

"We are concerned about whether we will be able to unify the party in light of the revelation of the partisanship in the committee," said Alabama DNC member Janet May.

Julian McPhillips, an attorney from Montgomery, said he worries this partisanship could potentially keep the party from coming together well enough to win the general election.

"Bernie Sanders spoke to his delegates this morning and asked them to support Hillary," McPhillips said. "Lots of Bernie delegates are in Philadelphia, and they are not happy."

McPhillips said Sanders' request was with "boos" from the crowd.

However, there is still a large wave of strong support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed said he is most looking forward to hearing Clinton's comments on healthcare accessibility. He said he believes her stance on the issue will be extremely beneficial at the state and local level for Alabama residents.

"Her track record with this is second to none," Reed said. "This issue affects so many because of the inequality we see surrounding it every day. It also has a large financial impact."

Reed also stated his support for Clinton's stance on job growth for the middle class and efforts to address police brutality.

For a full list of the Alabama delegates attending the conference, visit the Alabama Democrats website.

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