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Local lawmaker sets off for Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention is being held this week in Philadelphia.  Among the delegates from Connecticut is 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.  This is her first convention, and says she is looking forward to the whole experience.  She notes that the convention is much more than just the prime time speeches, there are a lot of policy meetings that go on during the day.


Esty says one of the events taking place outside of the convention center will be a breakfast meeting about congressional efforts to promote gun violence prevention, including the recent filibuster and sit in. 


She is also taking part in an Innovation Panel Wednesday.  It includes people from the business community and innovation experts from Harvard Business School.  She says she is exited about sharing ideas with people from around the country.


Esty says she looks forward to hearing from former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband astronaut Mark Kelly.  Senator Christ Murphy and Erika Smegielski, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook School Principal Dawn Hochsprung.  There is a rally Tuesday on gun safety and gun reform efforts.