Mock Convention Gets Underway

Article Image Alt Text

Former Sen. Joe Donnelly speaks at the Friday afternoon session. (Katie Doar photo)

Friday, 4 p.m. - The 27th Mock Convention at Washington and Lee University got underway this afternoon at the Duchossois Tennis Center. Session one featured Joe Donnelly, a former U.S. senator from Indiana, who told the crowd that "Pete Buttigieg learned how to roll up his sleeves from me" - as he rolled up his sleeves. Also speaking was Symone Sanders, a Democratic strategist.

While all of the tickets for the mock convention are long gone, the event is being livestreamed at Also, Saturday morning's session can be seen in the Piovano Room of the Rockbridge Regional Library.

Speaking at session two Friday evening will be Patti Solis Doyle, a Democratic political operative who was a senior adviser to President Obama. She is also a CNN political commentator and the president of Solis Strategies, a communications firm.

Also speaking at session two will be Nadine Strossen, a law professor at New York Law School, specializing in constitutional law and human rights. She is a former president of the ACLU.

One of the most recognizable faces at this year’s mock convention will be that of Trevor Noah, an award-winning comedian and host of the popular “Daily Show” on Comedy Central. He has written the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” which has sold over one million copies. He will be speaking at session three Saturday morning.

Also speaking Saturday morning will be Cameron Kasky, one of the organizers of March For Our Lives, the initiative that students affected by a 2018 shooting in Florida founded. Kasky will offer a diverse perspective on the 2020 race.

Speaking at session four Saturday afternoon will be Donna Brazile, a longtime political strategist and the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee. She is also a New York Times bestselling author.

Also speaking Saturday afternoon will be Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, Fla. He was the first African-American who was a Democratic nominee for governor in the state.





The News-Gazette

The News-Gazette Corp.
P.O. Box 1153
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 463-3113

Email Us

Facebook Twitter

Latest articles