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March 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Seattle won’t bid for 2016 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Committee recently invited Seattle and dozens of other cities to bid on hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

But Seattle has taken a pass.

“Short of their changing their requirements I don’t see that we would even qualify,” said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. He confirmed the city decided not to bid for the convention.

The DNC letter asked cities to indicate their interest by March 1.

Absent a building boom, Seattle would not meet the DNC’s stated requirements for hotel rooms, convention space, and other amenities.

Seattle also lacks a suitable basketball arena. KeyArena doesn’t have enough seats or luxury boxes to meet the DNC criteria. And with the NBA’s decision to keep the Sacramento Kings in California, investor Chris Hansen’s proposal to build state-of-the-art NBA arena is on hold.

Even if Seattle had submitted a bid, it’s hard to see any strategic reason for the DNC picking the city. Conventions lately have gone to perceived swing states. In 2012 the Democrats gathered in North Carolina while Republicans met in Florida.

In related news that will shock no one, Seattle is also not among the eight finalists to host the Republican National Convention in 2016.

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