Blogger helps young delegate go to national convention

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By Carol A. Clark

An story in the Monitor inspired blogger Joe Monahan of “New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan” to collect funds to help send a young delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Monahan presented Los Alamos resident Sean Stimmel with a $250 check Sunday in Albuquerque after reading the July 17 story about the young man's efforts to raise funds for the trip.

The contribution, made possible by the advertisers of www.joemonahan.com, will help Stimmel pay his hotel bill at the Denver Crowne Plaza where the state delegation is set to stay.

“We wish Sean the best in Denver and are pleased that, along with our advertisers, we can play a small part in encouraging the next generation of New Mexicans to pursue public service,” said Monahan.

Stimmel, 19, is the youngest New Mexico delegate ever to attend a convention. He lives in White Rock and will represent the 3rd Congressional District as an alternate.

“This is my first experience with politics and it is one of the most exciting things ever for me,” Stimmel said. “Thanks to the blog for helping make it happen.”

Marcy Stimmel accompanied her son to receive the contribution for his trip. “I want to thank Mr. Monahan for his generous support,” she said. “He didn't just present Sean with a check, he also spent a lot of time talking with him and getting to know him and we just can't thank him enough for his kindness.”

It's been a fast moving few months for the young Democrat, culminating in his being selected as an alternate delegate to the national confab, said Chairman Brian Colon of the New Mexico Democratic Party on Monahan's blog. “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 turns 20 on the first day of the convention. He has campaigned for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in New Mexico and South Dakota and hopes to meet him in person. He also hopes politics will play a role in his future, but says he first will study pre-veterinary medicine at New Mexico Tech in Socorro this fall.

At the convention, Stimmel intends to meet with young delegates who supported Hillary Clinton to try to smooth over any hard feelings. Stimmel also plans to blog in and share some of the insider details of the convention with Monahan's readers.

To follow Stimmel's convention blogging, access www.joemonahan.com.