Youngest Democrat National Delegate Is Incoming New Mexico Tech Student, Aug. 5, 2008

Sean Stimmel and Joe Monahan

Right: Sean Stimmel receives a check from political blogger Joe Monahan to offset costs of attending the Democratic National Convention.

SOCORRO, N.M., Aug. 5, 2008 – The youngest ever New Mexico delegate to a national Democratic convention is an incoming Tech student.

Sean Stimmel, 19, of Los Alamos, will miss the first week of classes while he participates in the Democratic National Convention in Denver from August 25 to 28.

Stimmel graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2006 and spent one year in school at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. When he returns from the convention, he will start classes at New Mexico Tech, where he will be a biology major with hopes of entering veterinary school after completing his bachelor’s.

For the remainder of August, however, the world of politics will consume his attention.

“I hope I can meet with young delegates who supported Hillary Clinton and perhaps smooth over any hard feelings,” he said in an interview with political blogger Joe Monahan.

"This is my first experience with politics and it is one of the most exciting things ever for me," Stimmel told Monahan.

State Democratic Party chairman Brian Colon said it has been a fast moving few months for the Los Alamos native, culminating in his being selected as an alternate delegate to the national meeting.

"Sean went from being a curious supporter to a dedicated volunteer and delegate to the Democratic National Convention,” Colon said. “It's exciting that for Sean this is his first time voting in a Presidential election.”

Stimmel, who turns 20 on the first day of the convention, campaigned for Obama in South Dakota earlier this summer. He hopes to meet the presidential contender in person some day.

In an article in the Los Alamos Monitor, Stimmel said Obama inspired him to switch his voter registration from Independent to Democrat.

“I share his dream and passion,” Stimmel said. “Politics before Barack seemed dirty and like they’d do anything for a dollar. Barack is really there for the people of America and not for the lobbyists. Also, he is so clean that they can’t find anything bad about him.”

Stimmel told the Los Alamos Monitor that he is dedicated to becoming a veterinarian, but hopes to run for state or national office some day.


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