State's youngest, oldest delegates heading to Denver

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By Carol A. Clark

Nearly seven decades separate the youngest and oldest member of New Mexico’s delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Sean Stimmel will celebrate his 20th birthday on his first day at the convention, Aug. 24, which also marks the birthday of the state’s oldest delegate, J. Paul Taylor, 88.

“What are the chances?” laughed Stimmel, adding that officials are checking to see if he is possibly the youngest delegate in the entire nation.

Stimmel lives in White Rock and represents the 3rd Congressional District. Taylor lives in Mesilla and represents the 2nd Congressional District.

Stimmel is a 2007 graduate of Los Alamos High School. He was elected a national delegate alternate and his supporters are working to raise some $2,000 for his trip to the convention.

About a dozen people held a fundraiser at the home of Betsy Raichur Wednesday evening. The event was catered by Patrick Raichur, 16 and Chase Havemann, 15.

Betsy Raichur teaches economics and business electives to ninth through 12th grade students at LAHS.

“Back in November 2006, I got an e-mail from Sean – I think he saw I had an Obama bumper sticker,” she said. “He told me he’d heard I support Obama and wondered if I was interested in organizing something with him.”

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