Local politicians look ahead to DNC

By Beau Ebenezer

September 1, 2012 Updated Sep 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- After officially announcing Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate at the Republican National Convention, it's now the Democrats turn to take the stage in North Carolina.

Democrat nominee for the 17th Congressional District, Cheri Bustos stopped by East Peoria to speak with local workers at the United Automobile Workers Union Hall.

Bustos said she believes the convention will energize democrats, and hopefully, her own campaign.

"My goal is to meet as many people as possible. There are 650,000 people in the 17th district. Ill shake as many hands as I possibly can. I'm blessed with having a lot of energy, so we will be out there meeting as many people as we can."

Meanwhile, Republican Congressman, Aaron Schock said that after the show the GOP put on in Tampa, the upcoming convention will be somewhat repetitive.

"When you're a challenger to an incumbent, your party's convention tends to be more important because it is really a defining moment for the candidates. When your the incumbent, there's really less to prove in your convention speeches because it is kind of old hat."

The Democrat National Convention runs from September 4th to the 6th.

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