Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Vol State Student is at the Democratic Convention

Politics are one of those topics that people don’t like to discuss when they first meet a person, but when Zach Young and I met, that is all we talked about. Mostly, because he is a 20 year old Volunteer State Community College student, who is attending the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina as a delegate.  
“I’ve been a strong supporter of President Obama before supporting President Obama was cool. To go and re-nominate him is beyond my wildest dream,” said Young. “This is my first democratic convention as a delegate… It’s going to be lots of fun!” Young said.
Young grew up as a democrat, in a world of politics. He said that his family is a big “Union” family and his great uncle started the fire and police department of Goodlettsville.
He is also open-minded to others and their ideas and beliefs.
“I have Republican friends… You deal with that growing up in Tennessee and Sumner County being a die-hard liberal in a very red area,” said Young.
Despite his thoughts on the industry, Young is staying open-minded by planning to attend a clean coal group conference being held at the convention. The fact that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to make an appearance at the event could also play a key role in Young's decision to attend.
Even though Zach Young is attending a convention that is being held to cheer on the possible leaders of the nation, his main concerns are focused at home. He is running for Goodlettsville city Commissioner. After he returns from the convention, Young said that he will go door knocking to let everyone in his community know who he is.
“A lot of people don’t realize that the local government has a big impact on your life,” said Young. "The decisions we are making today are going to be what we are going to have to live with for a really long time. Decisions we make on Medicare, Social Security, environmental issues, on war; these are decisions that are going to have be paid for or benefited, or detracted from our generation years from now. If anyone should have a voice or a seat at the bargaining table, it should be the people it’s going to effect,” Young said.

As the Communications Officer for the Sumner County Democrats, Zach Young is blogging about the convention, and you can keep up with him and what's going on by clicking here.

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