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Updated Jul 7, 2014 - 6:55 am

Phoenix prepping for Democratic convention committee visit

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PHOENIX -- Democratic Party leaders will be coming to Phoenix in September to see if the capital of Arizona is capable of hosting the 2016 national convention.

Six cities are in the running, including Birmingham, Ala., and Cleveland. The Valley has hosted the Super Bowl, college football title games and many other major events. Phoenix's site visit is scheduled Sept. 10-111.

Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, said the city is ready to host the convention.

"There's a lot of confidence that we will be able to host and provide the hotel room space needed," he said.

Sanders isn't worried the Valley heat will used against it by the other bidders. The Republicans went to Tampa, Fla., for their convention in 2012 and ran into a hurricane.

"We are a dry heat. We live here and we understand what it's like in the summer. We need to make sure they (Democratic leaders) know that it's easy to cool off."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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