Decades later, after volunteering for the campaigns of former Congressmen Andrew Young and Max Cleland and others, Rosser is heading to Charlotte next week as an at-large delegate at the Democratic National Convention.
She is one of 133 Georgia delegates and alternates, including three known local ones, going to the event at Time Warner Cable Arena. It starts Tuesday and ends Thursday. Every four years, the Democratic and Republican parties host a convention to nominate or affirm a presidential candidate.
“It’s a wonderful process that we have in America where we can select, support and choose the leaders of our county,” said Rosser, who is self-employed working with adults and juveniles in the criminal justice system. “The convention is really the ultimate experience that lets you celebrate the freedoms we have to select our leaders. It’s a wonderful experience.”
The Georgia Democratic Party is sending delegates and alternates from each of its 14 Congressional districts, plus at-large delegates. The other local ones are Fifth Congressional District delegate Terrinee L. Gundy and alternate Kenneth Cottrell, both of Buckhead.
This year’s convention is Rosser’s second. She attended the 2008 one in Denver as a delegate.
“I’m watching the Republican National Convention on television,” she said Wednesday of the Tampa event. “I’ve watched both conventions on television for as long as I can remember. There are stark differences between the two parties. It is a good opportunity for people to see them, so they can decide what their priority is and how to express it in their vote. My priority is families and children and that’s why I’m voting for the president.”
Gundy, a self-employed attorney and stay-at-home mother to Mia Michelle, 6, and Kevin, 5, said in an email her children are excited about her opportunity to meet Barack and Michelle Obama. She said she has been involved with the Democratic Party since birth.
“Words can not properly express my excitement to be a part of the convention and a part of history in re-electing President Barack Obama. … I believe that this will be the most important convention of my lifetime,” Gundy said. “We have a heavy lift to get our party out in November. The convention will give us the steam to push full speed ahead to ensure that when we wake up on Nov. 7 that President Barack Obama has been re-elected for his second term.”
Cottrell, vice president of insurance at Iron House Insurance & Real Estate in Atlanta’s Edgewood community, said in an email he has been involved with the Democratic Party since 2000.
“I helped with the Al Gore presidential election,” he said. “After watching George W. Bush steal the election, I became very active in politics in the state of Georgia. I have worked with the voting drives from the NAACP, [the] Rainbow Push Coalition, the Coalition for the People Agenda and the Democratic Party of Georgia.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to go and participate in [the] convention. After watching the DNC on CNN for the last three [presidential] elections, I am without words that I was chosen to represent the state of Georgia. I am going to take a lot of pictures.”