CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Representing Jamestown at the National Democratic Convention is crucial, City Council President Greg Rabb said Wednesday night.
It's also a lot of fun.
"We just heard one of the greatest speeches by President Bill Clinton," a jubilated Rabb told The Post-Journal by phone shortly before midnight.
"It was a classic speech; it was funny and it was effective. Michelle Obama ignited this crowd. As you can tell I'm really fired up right now," he said.
The at-large Jamestown Democrat is a New York state delegate - tapped by U.S. Rep Brian Higgins, D-South Buffalo. Rabb said as the only delegate representing the city, it's important to be heard on the national level.
"I think as the only delegate it's important that Jamestown is always represented in one form or another," he said. "For me it's a privilege and I'm excited to be here."
Rabb noted the similarities between the general state of the country and Jamestown - both of which have struggled economically.
"You can see things starting to turn around," Rabb said. "I see things looking up in Jamestown, in Chautauqua County and in New York state. I'm really excited where things are headed."
And with President Barack Obama set to deliver his nomination acceptance speech today, Rabb said he can barely contain his joy.
"This all has exceeded my expectations," he said of his time in Charlotte. "It's been really exciting to talk to everyone here and represent the city of Jamestown."
He added: "I'm pretty fired up right now and I will probably be even more fired up (today)."