Marion makes way to DNCPublished 11:59am Tuesday, September 4, 2012
By Laura Pemberton, Staff Writer
One Alexander City native has embarked on a trip of a lifetime.
Director of Career Technical Education for Alexander City Schools Rebecca Marion drove six hours to Charlotte, N.C., to cast her vote at the Democratic National Convention Sept. 2.
“I’m excited to be in the atmosphere of such great democratic leadership from the president and the leadership of the party,” Marion said. “I am proud to be attending the convention in unwavering support of President Obama and his vision for America. He stands strong on issues that concern me: women’s health, equal pay for equal work, expanding healthcare access, Medicare, job creation that will last, education, providing access for training in skill areas that is needed for the rebuilding of our infrastructure and many more.”
Marion served as a state representative at the convention after more than 30 years of supporting the Democratic Party.
“I worked diligently with the Democratic Party, but I never thought I’d be going as a delegate,” Marion said. “It’s a wonderful way to be rewarded for prior work.”
Four years ago, Marion spent a week in Orlando, Fla., canvassing neighborhoods in support of President Barack Obama.
“Four years ago I endorsed Obama,” Marion said. “I’m proud to stand and endorse him again. It’s an honor and a pleasure to help support the Democratic ticket that I feel stands for the middle class, which is the foundation of our great nation.”
Marion said she has personally experienced the benefits of Medicare when her mother became ill.
“The latter part of (my mother’s) life she needed care provided through a nursing home,” Marion said. “She had worked all of her life, but if she had not had Medicare, I could not have afforded the care she received through the nursing home.”
Marion said this trip is a dream come true for her, and her only regret is her friend and mentor, the late Tom Radney, will not be able to see her off.
“He gave me a yellow dog democratic pin over 20 years ago,” Marion said. Marion took the pin with her to the convention.