Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Susan Burgess honored at convention HQ

Years ago, when then-Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess first suggested hosting the Democratic convention in Charlotte, few thought it would happen. But she persisted, lobbying national party officials at every opportunity and making believers back at home.

Burgess died of cancer last year. Six months later, the party announced Charlotte as the site of its 2012 convention.

Today, in a corner of the Democratic National Convention Committee headquarters uptown, there is a conference room dedicated to Burgess' memory.

At one end is a framed portrait. Across the room are family photos, a few of her awards and her city council name plate.

Son Jason Burgess, who is finishing out her council term, saw the room on a tour of the convention offices.

"We're just very honored that she's being recognized for her efforts," he said.