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December 11, 2017
Election 2008
Election 2008
Western DNC Delegates Want to Talk Renewable Energy
(2008-08-21)
(ksut) - Four Corners regional delegates to the Democratic National Convention say they are looking forward to discussing renewable energy issues at next week's Denver convention.

Brian O'Donnell of Durango, Colo. is the delegate for the 3rd Congressional District. He was elected by the Western Slope Democrats in May 2008.

O'Donnell, an Obama supporter, says he has been listening to the people of small mountain towns along the Western Slope.

"I think one of the most important [issues that] effects southwest Colorado, and also the nation, is clean energy. We're looking at the potential for a new coal-fired power plant just across the border at Desert Rock, and we already have air pollution issues," O'Donnell said.

"Obviously, climate change is a critical issue that we need to address, and clean energy is [a major issue]. Addressing the climate crisis is something that I think is important, and that's why I'm excited to get behind Senator Obama, because he has such a good plan," O'Donnell added.

Emet Rudolfo is San Juan County, New Mexico's chair of the Democratic Party. Rudolfo is a pledged at-large delegate to Senator Hillary Clinton.

Rudolfo will join O'Donnell in Denver for the convention. Similar to the Western Slopes' key platform issues, Rudolfo says that although San Juan County's economy is dependent on oil and gas, renewable energy is important in the region.

"My hope is to ensure that at least our interests are heard. I think some of those interests are different from larger cities. Our county fortunately has been doing well with oil and gas, but we need to bring other industries into the area," Rudolfo said.

Rudolfo and O'Donnell are both first time delegates to a convention. O'Donnell said that the convention is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"I think that if I could pick any convention during my lifetime, this is certainly the one that I want to be at. This is going to be historic, a chance to see Senator Obama nominated. To be part of that is definitely a thrill of a lifetime. I can't think of a better time to be a participant and a delegate at a Democratic National Convention," O'Donnell said.

Rudolfo said that although it will be a lot of hard work, he hopes to have some fun at the convention.

"I have to admit that I'm also looking forward to the social aspect. I'm sure it will be really fun. I'm hoping it's educational, and I don't think I'll be disappointed," Rudolfo said.
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