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27 August 2008

Convention Organizers Announce Clinton, Obama Nominators

Hillary Clinton to release her delegates Wednesday afternoon.

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC), Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton announced today the speakers who will nominate and second Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during Wednesday night’s Convention program.

Three members of Hillary Clinton’s delegation, who represent the broad coalition of Hillary’s 18 million supporters, will place her name in nomination this evening before the 2008 Democratic Convention. The three delegates are Dolores Huerta of California, Jordan Apollo Pazell of Utah and Denise Willams Harris of New York. Dolores will nominate Senator Clinton, and Jordon and Denise, who will second her nomination.

"As we move forward from this Convention unified and ready to elect Senator Obama the next President, I will forever be proud of the diversity of our delegation. We have delegates ranging in age from 17 to their late 80s, and represent every walk of life and every corner of America. I want to thank them for their support and hard work on behalf of my campaign and the Democratic Party," said Senator Clinton.

Hillary Clinton will release her full delegation on Wednesday afternoon before the Roll Call, when she will vote for Senator Obama for President and Joe Biden for Vice President.

Michael Wilson of Florida, a Republican and Air Force medic veteran of Iraq, will formally nominate Barack Obama as the Democratic Party’s candidate. Wilson, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who served eight years as an Air Force medic, was one of Senator Obama’s dinner guests on September 3, 2007. United States Senator Ken Salazar (CO), United States Representatives Artur Davis (AL) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) will second the nomination for Obama.

"It is an honor to be nominated by a group of Americans who have served our country so well and who work hard each day to secure our future," said Senator Barack Obama. "We have all come from different places in our lives but we are united in our desire for change. Senator Salazar has led the way in the West with a results oriented leadership style that puts people first. Representatives Wasserman Schultz and Davis represent the next generation of leaders in this country who are changing the way our government helps Americans. Michael Wilson served his country in Iraq and has helped advocate for change in our foreign policy."

Senator Salazar, a fifth generation Coloradan, is a former farmer and small business owner. During his term as Colorado’s Attorney General, he led efforts to make Colorado communities safer. He has also championed a new defense and foreign policy that restores American security and influence around the world.

Representative Davis, currently in his third term representing the people of Alabama, has quickly developed a reputation as a thoughtful leader on key issues including access to healthcare and the expansion of educational opportunities. Born in an impoverished neighborhood in West Montgomery, Ala., Davis has built a career committed to excellence and the principles of hard work, after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1990 and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1993.

Representative Wasserman Schultz, the first Jewish Congresswoman ever elected from Florida, has been recognized for her work to protect women and children and for her efforts to make every American safer. She continues to fight to ensure that our first responders, our local police and firefighters, have the tools they need to do their jobs. And she continues to take up the fight to give our troops the equipment and compensation they deserve.

Dolores Huerta is a national civil rights figure and feminist leader and pledged delegate for Hillary Clinton from California. She traveled extensively as a surrogate during the primary and has worked very hard for the campaign. She co-founded the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) in 1962 with Cesar Chavez, and is known as one of the main figureheads of the labor movement.

Jordan Apollo Pazell (Apollo), 19, is the third youngest delegate at the Denver Convention. He was born and raised in Copperton, Utah, population 723. He currently lives in Copperton with his 90-year-old great-grandmother. Apollo's political career began when he was 16 years old, when he ran for Copperton Town Council. Apollo's passionate support for Hillary is motivated primarily by his personal belief that healthcare is a right, and not a privilege.

Denise Williams Harris is from Syracuse, New York. She has supported Hillary since her first campaign for Senate in 2000. Since 2003, Denise has been a regular volunteer in Hillary’s Syracuse office. For the past six years she has staffed Hillary’s booth at the State Fair for 12 hours a day for 12 consecutive days. During the Presidential Campaign she organized hundreds of volunteers in Central New York and she organized a traveling group of supporters to go out into other states for Hillary.

The nominating speeches for Clinton and Obama will begin after the Convention gavels open on Wednesday, August 27th. Vote tally sheets will be collected by the Office of the Convention Secretary, and the Roll Call of the States will begin alphabetically.

The Roll Call of the States will be complete by 5:00 PM MT.