Local delegates gear up for the RNC and DNC

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

TRI-CITIES, TN/VA (WJHL) – Tennessee’s First Congressional Delegates are gearing up for the RNC and DNC starting next week.

Local Republican delegate, Kent Harris, feels that Trump’s past is unique.

“He’s a business person looking at it from a totally different perspective from what we’ve seen,” Harris said.

Tennessee’s First District hugs the border of North Carolina and ends right below Knoxville, Tennessee Congressional District One delegates from each side are preparing for Cleveland and Philadelphia.

“I think it will be a good time for the party to all unite and a time we get to see him up close and personal for a week,” Harris said.

Democratic delegate Lori Love is also looking forward to the convention.

“I want to have a good time and meet a lot of Democrats because that’s really hard around here,” Love said.

With Trump’s recent announcement of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his pick for Vice President, Harris is pleased.

“I’m happy with Pence I think he’ll make a great Vice President. Pence is a former Congressman and current successful Governor of Indiana so I think that he made a great choice,” Harris said.

Both parties have similar things they would want to see our next President accomplish in East Tennessee.

“The railroads shut down in Rrwin which was one of the biggest employers in this area we need to put jobs back in America,” Harris said.

Lori Love also thinks that East Tennessee will benefit from job creation if Clinton were to win the election.

Democratic Representative Bradley Batt comments on Clinton’s Vice Presidential pick.

“I kind of doubt she will choose Bernie or Elizabeth Warren or someone who is really well known. I think it will be an unknown person,” Batt said.

The RNC starts on June 18 and the DNC starts July 25.

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