NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - New Rochelle Councilman Jared Rice ensured that the city was well represented as the Democratic National Convention kicked off on Monday, taking the trek to Philadelphia to support his party.
Rice took to social media during day one of the convention, posting photos and video of his time in and around the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
An outspoken supporter of former Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, Rice offered constant updates from the convention, even providing live video during some of the more anticipated speeches.
“The energy is something like I’ve never felt before. Tensions are very high, especially in the streets,” he wrote in a post to his constituents. “However; in the New York delegation hotel, things seem more subdued.”
During his time in Philadelphia, Rice enjoyed speeches - “five rows from the front, good to be from New York,” he mused - from Sanders, First Lady Michelle Obama and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, among others. He also took a few minutes to himself to indulge in a Philly cheesesteak.
“That Debbie Wasserman Schultz is no longer the chair (of the Democratic National Committee) and apparently won’t have any role whatsoever helps,” he wrote. “The fact that Hillary camp is much more focused on the Russians than the unethical conduct contained within the emails hurts. Hoping for unity, but too early to tell.”