Guest Democratic convention columnist Brady Quirk-Garvan: It begins

Brady Quirk-Garvan of Charleston, one of South Carolina's delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

This week begins the Democratic National Committee Convention (DNCC) in Philadelphia.

There are a total of 53 pledged delegates going to the DNCC from South Carolina. We also have a number of party leaders, staffers and alternate delegates who will be attending with our delegation.

In stark contrast to the South Carolina Republican delegation, which was criticized for it’s lack of diversity, our group is amazingly diverse. We have individuals who range in age from their 20s to their 80s. Our group has a mix of men and women, both gay and straight delegates, we have Hispanic, Caucasian and African American delegates. If ever there was a group that embodied the diversity of South Carolina, it is our delegation.

This is the second convention that I’ll be attending as a delegate. The first convention I attended as a delegate was the 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2008, I was working for the Obama campaign and unable to attend the convention. Once again we have a range of people in our S.C. delegation. We have people who have been to almost every convention in the last few decades as well as a number of first time attendees.

Our delegates are all united as South Carolina delegates, but some are pledges to Bernie Sanders and most to Hillary Clinton (I am a pledged Clinton delegate). Given Hillary Clinton’s massive win in South Carolina, it is no surprise that most of the delegates elected are for Clinton. Of the 53 pledged delegates 14 are for Bernie Sanders and 39 for Hillary Clinton.

The good news is that no matter who the delegates are pledged to vote for now by the end of the week we will all be united behind Hillary Clinton and making sure that she is elected as our next President.