State Rep. Paul Mark went into the Democratic National Convention was reservations about the political process. But, four days later after hours and speeches and networking with fellow Democrats from all over the county, he's been reinvigorated.
"I saw core values of the party and core values of what America stands for," Mark said on Friday as he embarked on the long drive back from Philadelphia to the Berkshires. "I feel good at the end of the week about what my party believes in."
Democratic Vice President Nominee Tim Kaine is an everyman. But an everyman with loads of government experience.
Kaine received the nomination at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday and both state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Rep. Paul Mark got their first impressions of the Virginia senator when he delivered his address
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier started Tuesday rounding up all of the Hillary Clinton delegates from Massachusetts.
She had forms for all of them to cast their vote as a whip for the Clinton campaign at the Democratic National Convention. One delegate was arriving late because of a delayed flight and logistics needed to be worked out to make sure the vote was cast. Other delegates were in different parts of Philadelphia. She worked to get the voting forms into each delegates hand.
Somewhat of a national conversation has broken out during the Democratic National Convention saying the party is divisive and split.
But on the floor in Philadelphia, state Reps. Paul Mark and Tricia Farley-Bouvier aren't hearing that. Mark is attending the convention as a delegate for Bernie Sanders while Farley-Bouvier is serving as the Hillary Clinton campaign's Massachusetts whip. Both said the tone at the convention is one of unity backing Clinton and not filled with boos and negativity.
State Rep. Paul Mark remembers the first time he watched a Democratic National Convention in 1988.
He watched the speeches and the celebration of the party and was fascinated. He's watched every one since and volunteered at the 2004 one in Boston. Now he'll serve an important role at one - he's a delegate. He's the only delegate from either party and either campaign from Berkshire County.