Need help passing variables to Python script

I am a newbie to Python and trying to figure out how to pass a variable to python for connecting and running mysql commands in Linux. For example:

import mysql.connector
dbconn = mysql.connector.connect(user=‘dbser’, password=‘dbpass’, host=‘’, database=‘employees’)

If I place the actual database name in the code it works just fine. However, I have not been able to set database to a variable and then pass the variable to the script. I cannot figure out how to get to recognize variables. for example:

dbname = employees
dbconn = mysql.connector.connect(user=‘dbser’, password=‘dbpass’, host=‘’, database=dbname)

I cannot figure out how to get this to work. Any ideas?

I’m guessing you need to wrap employees in quotations, to let python know that employees is a string…

try dbname = “employees”