The Democratic National Committee has asked 15 cities to present bids to host the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 2016.
In a letter sent to the mayors of each city, the DNC put an emphasis on locations that share values on "equity, inclusion, diversity, respect and dignity." The party also emphasized a location with a strong relationship to organized labor, due to security and construction issues.
The cities chosen by the DNC for inclusion in the process were Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.
Those 15 cities expressed a desire to host the convention after the DNC sent an initial letter gauging interest in February. Other cities not on the list that expressed an interest would also be able to present a proposal.
Friction with labor unions was a problem for Democrats during their last two presidential nominating parties.
Some Democrats and labor groups were angry with the DNC for holding its 2012 convention in North Carolina, a right-to-work state that is the least unionized in the nation. A group of labor leaders held a shadow rally separate from the convention to highlight workers' rights.
In 2012, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka vowed his group would not be making major contribution to the event in Charlotte. But the group said that strategy had more to do with its focus on building a political infrastructure than disagreements with the convention site.
Unions gave $5.9 million for the 2012 convention compared to $8.3 million for the 2008 convention in Denver, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Twenty-four states have laws that limit the ability of unions to make union dues mandatory, including the majority of the states on the DNC’s list this year.
The cities must submit their bid by June 6. The final selection will come in either late 2014 or early next year, similar to the timeline for the last selection process for the 2012 convention, which was held in Charlotte, N.C.
There is a bit of overlap with a cities also competing for the Republican convention, including Las Vegas and Cleveland.
Earlier this month, the Republican National Committee narrowed its list of potential hosts to six cities: Las Vegas, Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver and Kansas City. Republicans will pick a convention site either in late summer or in early fall.