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Democratic Convention held at Mass Mutual Center in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

More than 3,000 delegates met at the Democratic Convention on Saturday to discuss key issues in the state. It brought in almost half a million dollars into Springfield's economy.

Officials say some 300 hotel rooms were booked.

"A lot of people are surprised when they come here and see that Springfield is such a large and vibrant city," said Tom MacGuire from Middleborough.

The Massachusetts Democratic Convention was held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. 

"We're happy to be out here in Western Mass. and the Pioneer Valley to make sure that everyone knows that this is about the commonwealth of Massachusetts and Springfield is a big apart of what we do," said Thomas McGee, Chairman of The Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Timing was perfect, with the Big E in full force.

"I saw people walking up and down Main Street, going into restaurants, getting a chance to see what's here and after that, I know a lot of people are heading out to the Big E, said McGee.

Residents who live nearby say it's good to have so many people see Springfield. 

"Springfield is a city on the rise. It's so nice to go to the North End bridge and see all of the wonderful things that they're doing at the waterfront. It's just coming alive. It's just wonderful to be here," said Kathryn Martin from Westfield. 

U.S. Senator Ed Markey, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Attorney General Maura Healey were all in attendance. 

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