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Miami will seek 2016 Democratic convention

Miami-Dade County has notified the Democratic National Committee it will apply to host the 2016 Democratic national convention.

In a letter to U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who’s also Democratic National Committee chairwoman, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the county government is “serious about pursuit of this convention,” and has formed a host committee headed by Freddie Balsera. Baslera, a public relations executive, is a long-time supporter of Democratic candidates including President Barack Obama, who appointed him to an advisory commission on public diplomacy.

In his letter, Gimenez cited Miami’s reputation as a tourism and resort hot spot, its history of hosting major tourism-related events including eight Super Bowls, calling it “a community that your participants will be excited to travel to, as well as a place where they can effectively conduct their business.”

Miami, Tampa and Orlando were all invited to apply to host the convention along with 27 other cities. Mayor Bob Buckhorn has expressed wariness about applying, citing potential difficulties with fundraising and logistics, and Orlando officials are also reluctant, because of the possibility that a convention could interfere with their normal tourism industry.

Columbus, Oh. already has mounted an aggressive effort to become the convention hos.