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A Volunteer’s Venture: Loudoun’s Kannan Srinivasan at the Democratic National Committee

Editor's Note: Kannan Srinivasan is a Loudoun County resident and businessman. An active Democrat, he is serving as a volunteer at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.

Monday, July 24

The author with MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

My first day of volunteering started early with volunteer group meeting to go through details of roles of each person for the caucus meetings. The place got very busy fast ,and there were several members of Congress attending meetings and talking to delegates. Press was visible. Caucus meetings went well and were well-attended. All the preparation and orientation came handy. I met Raja Krishnamoorthi, who is an Indian-American running for Congress in Illinois 8th District. He a speaker at the small business caucus. We had a great discussion and was  happy to see an Indian-American running a strong congressional campaign. I also met Congressman Ami Bera from California, the only Indian-American in the U.S. Congress. Met several Asian American elected officials from all over the country.

In between caucus meetings I talked to Rev. Leah Daugherty, the CEO of the 2016 Convention Committee. 

After end-of-the-day volunteer meeting I boarded the bus to the Wells Fargo Center for the evening programs.

The street was packed and it was very hot. Security was heavy at the center, and there were thousands of people inside with press and cameras everywhere. I was able to shake hands with MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

The place was extremely busy and the programs were great to watch. Enjoyed Paul Simon's performance. When First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned Sen. Kaine I saw the entire Virginia delegation erupt in joy. Comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, who spoke to the convention Monday, was seated few rows behind me. The large crowd exited orderly, and we took the bus back to the center city. While waiting for the bus, I met Congressman Cummings from Baltimore and thanked him for his work as the chair of the Platform Committee. 

It was a unique experience. I enjoyed it very much. My Fitbit showed almost 17,000 steps for the day! Looking forward to tomorrow.

The author meets Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Sunday, July 23

I drove to Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon for a volunteer orientation and walk-through of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where all the  day time meetings are scheduled. The city had a festive look with convention decorations. Security was heavy and tight with various police units in high visibility.  The convention center is huge and we got a tour of caucus meeting locations and protocols. 

I volunteered for Small Business Council meetings and AAPI media (Asian American and Pacific Islanders). This is my first convention and I was excited to be involved in volunteering at the convention. I went to the hotel where Virginia delegation was staying and met members of the delegation from Loudoun. I met Justin Fairfax , who is running for Lieutenant Governor in 2017. I also ran into Levar Stoney, who is running for Richmond Mayor this November. 


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