Democrats Eye Chicago, 14 Other Cities for 2016 Convention

14 other cities also asked to apply

Chicago has a shot at hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

The Democratic National Committee asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the mayors of 14 other cities to make their pitch for hosting the presidential nominating convention, the group said Tuesday.

Other cities being considered include New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Columbus, Ohio.

The DNC will accept proposals through June 6. A city will be chosen by the end of this year or the beginning of 2015.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a letter obtained by CNN that besides logistical and administrative requirements, the committee wants a city that "shares our values of equality, inclusion, diversity, respect and dignity."

"And because of the significant security and construction related issues that we will face," Schultz said, "we also look for a city with strong relationships with organized labor and those they represent. Our priority is to work with a community that will partner with us as we plan this historic event."


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