Columbus — Amy Dacey really liked the ice cream.
But the head of the Democratic National Committee kept most other opinions of Ohio’s capital city to herself the afternoon of Aug. 7 after finishing a two-day visit as part of the site selection process for the party’s 2016 convention.
Columbus is one of five cities being considered for the convention (the others are Philadelphia; Phoenix; Brooklyn, New York; and Birmingham, Alabama.).
The DNC delegation kicked off its Columbus tour Aug. 6 with a rally outside a downtown sports arena. Members then visited different sites and met with local leaders, capping their first day with a fireworks display.
“We met with labor, we met with business, we met with the progressive community and we met with public officials,” she said. “They’re all working together, I know, to make Columbus the best city it can be.”
All of the cities being considered met the financial, logistical and other criteria required to play host to the national convention, Dacey said. She wouldn’t say where Columbus ranked on those criteria in comparison to other potential sites.
“It’s too early in the process really to comment on that,” she said. “We’re looking at five cities. This has been only the second city. We have a lot more to do.”
The 2016 convention likely will take place in July or August of that year. A final decision on a site is expected later this year or early next.
Republicans have already picked Cleveland for their 2016 convention.
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at email@example.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.