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WASHINGTON--Democrats are tapping Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to be the chair of the convention in Charlotte, N.C. this September where President Barack Obama will be nominated for a second term. Villaraigosa is also the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Convention planners also announced hotel assignments for the state delegations: Illinois was assigned the Holiday Inn City Center, a geographically desirable location. Consider: the U.S. Virgin Islands delegates will stay at the Country Inn and Suites Airport and Wyoming gets the Sleep Inn Airport

From the DNC: "Mayor Villaraigosa has dedicated his career to civic engagement and empowering people at the grassroots," said Democratic National Committee Chair Wasserman Schultz. "And that's exactly what we need to be successful at this convention--input and engagement from Americans across the country."

More from the DNC: "The DNCC announced in late January changes in format and venue that will allow tens of thousands more people to be engaged in the convention. Convention week will open with a family-friendly Labor Day event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday, September 3, that will be open to people from across the region and around the country. Delegates will vote on Mayor Villaraigosa's nomination at the convention's opening session and he will preside over convention proceedings at Time Warner Cable Arena, on Tuesday, September 4, and Wednesday, September 5. And on Thursday September 6, the President will accept the nomination at Bank of America Stadium, where once again, the public will be invited to attend."

Below, from the Democratic National Convention Committee.....

The delegate housing process began in September with a lottery to determine each state's priority preference. In October and November, representatives from each state's delegation visited Charlotte to tour a selection of hotels. In December states submitted their top three zone choices, their top three hotel choices, and other requests such as meeting space, budget, and access for persons with disabilities. The DNCC housing team then worked to match each delegation to a hotel that fits their needs. Hotels and delegations were notified this morning of their assignment. Delegations are expected to return to Charlotte in the coming months to scout out meeting and venue space in or near their hotels.

State Delegations Hotel Assignments

Alabama - Spring Hill Suites University
Alaska - Hilton Garden Inn Concord
American Samoa - Quality Inn and Suites Airport
Arizona - Hilton Garden Inn Ayrsley
Arkansas - Hampton Inn & Suites Airport
California - Blake, Hampton Inn & Suites Uptown
Colorado - Residence Inn Uptown
Connecticut - DoubleTree Airport
Delaware - Wingate by Wyndham Tyvola
Democrats Abroad - Comfort Inn Executive Park
District of Columbia - Hilton Garden Inn Concord
Florida - Marriott City Center
Georgia - Marriott Executive Park
Guam - Quality Inn and Suites Airport
Hawaii - Hilton Charlotte Center City
Idaho - Residence Inn University
Illinois - Holiday Inn Center City, City Center Inn
Indiana - Hilton at University Place, Hampton Inn & Suites University
Iowa - Towne Place Suites University
Kansas - Wingate Inn Concord
Kentucky - Country Inn and Suites University
Louisiana - Sleep Inn University
Maine - Residence Inn Tyvola
Maryland - Embassy Suites Concord, Courtyard by Marriott Concord
Massachusetts - The Omni
Michigan - Embassy Suites Concord, Residence Inn Concord
Minnesota - Marriott Executive Park, Comfort Inn Executive Park
Mississippi - Microtel University, Country Inn and Suites University
Missouri - Courtyard by Marriott Uptown
Montana - Great Wolf Lodge
Nebraska - Embassy Suites Airport
Nevada - Hilton Garden Inn Uptown
New Hampshire - Renaissance Charlotte Suites Airport
New Jersey - Renaissance Charlotte Suites Airport
New Mexico - Spring Hill Suites Concord
New York - Renaissance Charlotte Suites South Park, Double Tree South Park, Residence Inn
South Park
North Carolina - Crowne Plaza Uptown
North Dakota - Homewood Suites Airport
Ohio - Hilton at University Place, Drury Inn
Oklahoma - Spring Hill Suites Airport
Oregon - Comfort Suites University
Pennsylvania - Marriott South Park, Hampton Inn & Suites South Park, Courtyard by Marriot South Park
Puerto Rico - Sleep Inn and Suites Concord
Rhode Island - Embassy Suites Concord
South Carolina - Courtyard by Marriott Billy Graham Parkway
South Dakota - Comfort Inn Executive Park
Tennessee - Hilton at University Place, Courtyard by Marriott University
Texas - Great Wolf Lodge, Springhill Suites Concord
U.S. Virgin Islands - Country Inn and Suites Airport
Utah - Embassy Suites Airport
Vermont - Hilton Charlotte Center City
Virginia - Sheraton Charlotte Airport
Washington - Hilton Charlotte Executive Park
West Virginia - Hampton Inn & Suites Concord
Wisconsin - Embassy Suites Airport
Wyoming - Sleep Inn Airport


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