As the Democratic National Convention kicks off today in Charlotte, North Carolina, organizers didn’t expect any congressional candidates from Utah to come. But, Senate candidate Scott Howell is participating after a last minute invitation.
Howell wasn’t planning on attending the convention because of campaign issues back home. But when he was asked last weekend to be a panelist at the DNC’s Faith Council meeting, he felt compelled to attend.
"I get to share with six other religious leaders from the U.S. about what LDS doctrine is and what we stand for and our humanitarian efforts and what we do across the world. And for me it’s an ambassadorship to share with them who we are, what we stand for, and what we believe," he says.
Howell was also invited to speak at Tuesday’s LDS Democrats National Convention Caucus Meeting. He says it’s a surreal thing to attend an event like this.
"I can’t really believe that today I’m going to be with Democrats-active LDS Democrats. I mean it is a dream come true," he says.
Mormons active in the Utah Democratic Party created the LDS Caucus nine months ago. They hope this national meeting will grow more active membership across the country.