- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A world-famous spaceman, a former Ohio first lady and a diva of delicious ice creams are among members of a newly named host committee in Columbus’ bid for the 2016 Democratic Convention.

Astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn and his wife, Annie; former First Lady Frances Strickland; and Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, are among 50 members of the Columbus2016 Host Committee finalized this week.

City spokeswoman Tyneisha Harden said the line-up of community, business, labor, government and political leaders will guide efforts to lure Democrats’ presidential convention to Ohio’s capital city.

Columbus is competing against Birmingham, Alabama; New York; Philadelphia; and Phoenix for the chance to host the event. Republicans have chosen Cleveland as the site for their convention.

Jeni’s ice cream and free wireless Internet access for attendees were among the treats Columbus provided during the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in Atlanta last month, Harden said.



That followed DNC chief executive Amy Dacey’s remark during an August tour of Columbus that she found the ice cream was among the things that surprised her most. Dacey said logistics and financing for the event will be paramount.

Dacey’s group is scheduled to visit Phoenix next week.

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