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Oregon Delegates, Like All Others, Will Watch DNC From Home

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For the Democratic National Convention this week, delegates including those from Oregon will be watching from home.

The DNC, like its Republican counterpart, has been downsized because of concerns over the coronavirus. That means most convention business will be conducted remotely, with only a few speeches taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Likewise, delegates will also participate online. That includes first-time delegate Sami Al-AbdRabbuh, who will be casting his vote for Joe Biden from the comfort of his home in Corvallis. He says while it’s disappointing, he thinks moving the convention online was a responsible choice.

“I really salute this decision to do the convention virtually," he said. "I’m connecting through my computer and phone, getting to know people who are delegates as well.”

Al-AbdRabbuh also serves as chair of the Corvallis School Board and said he thinks Biden will be a better choice for education than Donald Trump.

"The national rhetoric right now has been so much against the safety and well-being of our students and teachers," he said. "Vice President Joe Biden brings in a refreshing approach about how we can care for our teachers and students." 

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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