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Local delegates upbeat about Democratic National Convention

Sukhwinder Lamba and Rumka Singh, an upwardly mobile Santa Rosa couple, are taking their two children on a special trip this week to North Carolina.

Lamba, a software sales executive, has degrees in engineering and business administration. Singh is a physician specializing in internal medicine.

They are immigrants from India, members of the Sikh Temple of Santa Rosa and naturalized citizens.

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And as recent converts to political activism, Lamba, 46, and Singh, 45, are among the roughly 6,000 delegates attending the Democratic National Convention starting today in Charlotte, N.C.

"We've never done anything like this before," Singh said last week.

"We tell our friends if we can get involved in politics, anybody can," Lamba said. "It's such a great thing about this country that anybody can get involved."

Any registered Democrat, in fact, may sign up as a candidate in the party's open caucuses, held in each California congressional district, to elect 399 delegates and alternates, the majority of California's roughly 700 convention delegates this year.

Lamba and Singh did so, then engaged in classic grassroots politicking: house parties, phone calls and public speeches before the April 29 caucus in Santa Rosa.

"We campaigned very hard," Lamba said.

They won two of the eight delegate positions in the 5th Congressional District, which includes Santa Rosa.


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