Delegates Begin Arriving For RNC

CHARLOTTE, NC. —  As delegates begin arriving in the Queen City, a welcome area is set up at Charlotte-Douglas Airport for the scaled-down Republican National Convention.

“I’m excited. I’m excited about four more years of our president,” says Republican National Committeewoman from Nevada Michele Fiore.

Outside the Westin Hotel in uptown, delegates were getting screened for coronavirus before they checked in. RNC officials will meet at the Westin over the weekend before holding the formal nomination at the convention center Monday. Electronic signs and banners are in place, welcoming the 336 delegates and staff.

CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings tells WCCB the department is preparing for protests and other security issues.

“The challenges are the unknown. We have to prepare for the worst-case scenario with protesters, demonstrations, traffic issues, anything like that,” says Chief Jennings.

Just before noon Thursday, a shooting near the transit center in uptown hurt one person. Chief Jennings says the department is also ready to protect the Charlotte community.

“We are prepared as an agency to be able to provide safety and security, not just for the convention. but also for our community.”

More parking restrictions between McDowell and Brevard Streets. Roads around the convention center will be fenced off to non-RNC traffic beginning Sunday night.