More new delegates at convention

Sharon Josephson has been to a lot of DFL state conventions and said the weekend gathering in Duluth featured more youth and new delegates than any she recalls.

"It’s a new generation," said the aide to U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.

She said that perhaps some young delegates were drawn into the party from the Barack Obama presidential campaign of two years ago.

But Aaron Wittnebel of Lake Park said that does not fully explain the number of young activists.

The Obama campaign concentrated only on the presidential race, not trying to get youths involved in state or party politics.

"They never solved the problem of how you keep them on the team," Wittnebel said of Democrats.

First-time delegate, and young mother, Mary Kvebak of Detroit Lakes enjoyed the convention, but did get tired of campaigns trying to woe her to their side.

"I quit answering my phone," she admitted.

Another Detroit Lakes delegate, Kathy Coyle, was thrilled to attend her first convention after years in the Fargo-Moorhead media.

"We’ve had a blast," she said.

Even as a new delegate, Coyle understood the convention’s mission: "We want to win no matter what."
 

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