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.