Third Generation Somervillian And 'Pit Bull Liberal,' Keri Lorenzo, at DNC
The 33-year-old Somerville resident is in Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention.
Last week we profiled Samantha Shusterman, a 29-year-old Somerville resident who was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
A number of readers pointed out that Keri Lorenzo, a third generation Somervillian, is also a delegate.
Lorenzo is an at-large delegate, which means she was selected by the Massachusetts Democratic Party State Committee.
Pit bull Democrat
Lorenzo described herself as a "pit bull liberal Democrat" and said she inherited her love of politics and the Democratic Party from her Somerville family, including her grandmother who was deeply involved in Somerville politics.
A graduate of Somerville High School, where she met her husband, Jerry, Lorenzo has two sons and a third on the way.
This year's is Lorenzo's first convention as an elected delegate, but the 33-year-old has been to conventions before—as a broadcaster.
For four years she hosted the Keri Rodrigues Show in the Providence radio market, where she was known as the "pint-sized Portuguese Pundit," she said (Rodrigues is her maiden name). She also worked as a reporter and news anchor for ClearChannel and CBS, she said.
As a journalist she covered previous conventions, including the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, where she interviewed Barack Obama.
Currently she's a communications director with the Service Employees International Union.
Lorenzo is head of Somerville for Obama and a chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party's women's caucus, she said.
In that capacity she recently met Michelle Obama at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield for a forum on women's issues.
Lorenzo sees health care and women's issues as important ones in this year's election, she said.
She thinks these are areas, among others, where Massachusetts leads the nation. And in Somerville "we lead the state," she said.
Lorenzo spoke to Patch at the convention in Charlotte, N.C., and you can see the video here.