The Democratic National Convention is in full gear in Charlotte, North Carolina, with party leaders vowing to hold the most "open and accessible convention in history.

New Bedford Attorney and State Committeewoman Mardee Xifarias is a delegate to the convention. She views the convention as a time to recognize the work President Obama has done.

Xifaras says Massachusetts politicians, past and present, will play a key role throughout the convention. Xifaras attened a forum on heath care on Tuesday.

Other Bay Staters scheduled to speak include Senator John Kerry, Gov. Deval Patrick, and U-S Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.