The Republican National Convention in Tampa officially wrapped up Thursday night, with Mitt Romney formally accepting his party’s nomination during a speech before the gathered delegates from across the country.
In that crowd were Lincoln County’s own Susanne and Jerry Sellers of Denver. Susanne Sellers, a member of the county’s Board of Elections, was chosen to serve as a delegate for North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District at earlier county- and district-level GOP meetings, during which voting on the local delegation was selected.
Her husband, Jerry, was picked as an alternate.
After Hurricane Isaac’s presence during the early part of the week, which resulted in a tighter schedule of events when the start of activities was delayed until Tuesday, Susanne Sellers told the Times-News during a phone call Wednesday that those in attendance have been able to “push the weather aside.”
In fact, the sun was starting to appear midweek, and she noted that the crowd was upbeat.
“We are honored and excited to be here,” she said.
Despite a schedule she referred to as “not ideal,” Sellers said she was making a point of getting to know other delegates and utilizing her free time to do some sightseeing.
The experience of being on the floor and hearing the many speeches has been inspiring, Sellers added. She was especially impressed with Ann Romney, who she described as “classy” and “charming” and “an asset for the country and for (Mitt) Romney.”
“She hit her speech out of the ballpark,” Sellers said.
Sellers also commented on the role North Carolina will play in the November election as a “state of consequence.”
The delegation has, she said, received “particular focus from a lot of heavy hitters,” including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former presidential hopeful Herman Cain, both of whom spoke at breakfast functions during the week.
“It’s been nice to have that attention,” she added.