Six cities toss hat into 2016 ring

Greg Nash

Six cities have placed bids to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced on Saturday that Birmingham, Ala.; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix were vying for the campaign season event.

“Hosting a party convention is a true honor and we’re thrilled with all the fantastic options that we have going into the next cycle,” Wasserman Schultz in a statement. “We look forward to evaluating these bids and selecting a city to host this special gathering of Democrats.”

A technical advisory committee will now evaluate the bids, and a final decision will be announced later this year or in early 2015. In April, the DNC invited 15 cities to make a proposal.

Republicans have narrowed their 2016 convention cities to Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City, Mo.