Northland DNC Delegate Spreads Political Message

By KBJR News 1

September 11, 2012 Updated Sep 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A 20-year-old man from Lawron Township, near Bovey, was one of the youngest delegates to represent Minnesota at last week's Democratic National Convention.

Dan McKenzie returned home Friday from the DNC in North Carolina.

McKenzie was voted as a delegate at the DFL state convention in June. He says he's been interested in politics from a young age and was excited to meet other politically active young people at the DNC.

"It was crazy because I didn't think that I was going to get elected," McKenzie said, "It was a last minute thing."

As one of the youngest people representing Minnesota at the DNC, McKenzie is now working diligently to get other young people involved.

"The more folks involved in democracy, the better it's going to work," said McKenzie.

He's part of a grassroots effort to garner support for the DFL.

Kayley Schoonmaker, 18, says McKenzie encouraged her to get involved in politics.

"If you want something to change, you have to do something about it," she said.

McKenzie and Schoomaker say that many of their friends are politically active, something they both believe is important.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, voter turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds went up from 47-percent in 2004 to 49-percent in 2008. The most significant increase among all voting age groups.

McKenzie hopes that voter turnout for this election will be up among every age group.

"I don't want to just see more young people getting involved. I want to see all Americans getting involved," he said.

The general election will take place November 6th.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.