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August 29, 2012
Mayor Johnson to address college Dems at DNC convention

Mayor Kevin Johnson will be the keynote speaker at a gathering of the College Democrats of America this week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

More than 300 college Democrats are expected to attend the Friday morning event. Alejandra Salinas, the president of the College Democrats of America, said in a statement that Johnson "is a great advocate for student issues and is a mentor to college Dems everywhere."

This is another example of Johnson being more popular with Democrats outside Sacramento than with Democrats in his hometown. Johnson did secure the endorsement of the Young Democrats of Sacramento, but other major Democratic clubs locally have never supported his political ambitions. The mayor has, however, held Obama fundraisers, been endorsed by notable Democrats at the statewide level, and he addressed the Democratic National Committee at an event in Minneapolis last month.

A statement sent by Johnson's campaign said the mayor would "discuss his accomplishments as mayor and promote the Obama Administration's priorities" in his speech to the college Dems.

"It is a tremendous honor to highlight the president's agenda and to promote Sacramento to the next generation of Democrats," said Mayor Johnson. "It is critical that we turn out college voters in this election as we did in 2008 to re-elect the President."

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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