Mayors Active Participants in Republican National Convention Opening
By Ed Somers
Republican Mayors will converge on Philadelphia from July 31 though August 3 as part of a coalition of state and local elected organizations. The coalition includes: Republican Mayors and Local Officials (RMLO); Republican Attorney Generals Association; National Conference of Republican County Officials; National Republican Legislators Association; Republican Lt. Governors Caucus; Republican Association of Secretaries of State; Republican State Treasurers Caucus.
RMLO has worked with the other coalition members, as well as organizations such as The U.S. Conference of Mayors, in planning a number of activities. Conference President Boise Mayor H. Brent Coles will attend and be an active participant in Convention activities.
Sunday, July 30: Local and State Opening Event
On Sunday evening, July 31, there will be a State and Local Opening Gala to welcome officials to the Philadelphia convention. The location of the Sunday evening event has been moved to the Loews Hotel, Millennium Hall from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The hotel is located at 1200 Market Street (215-627-1200).
Tuesday, August 1: Mayors Dinner
On Tuesday, August 1, there will be a Mayors-Only Late Night Dinner hosted by RMLO and its President Mayor Hal Daub of Omaha, The U.S. Conference of Mayors and its President Boise Mayor H. Brent Coles, and the National League of Cities and its President Wichita Mayor Bob Knight. The dinner will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott from 9:00pm to 1:00am. This event will include a reception and dinner, followed by late night entertainment and live music.
In terms of the convention itself, the coalition will have space in the Pavilion Area between the First Union Center and the Philadelphia Spectrum. The Pavilion Area will provide an opportunity for the coalition, other alliances and organizations to socialize in an open forum. The coalition will also have two sky suites in the First Union Center every night of the convention.
Convention sessions will be held on Monday morning, and from 7:00 to 11:00pm on Monday through Thursday evenings.