Senior Matthew Moret was among the Democratic delegates at the 2008 Democratic National Convention that chose Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as the party’s presidential candidate. The convention was held Aug. 25 -28 in Denver, CO.
“It’s a privilege and an honor to be a delegate, and a responsibility I take very seriously,” Moret said.
Each state determines the process by which its delegates are selected, as described in the state party’s delegate selection plan. Moret was appointed as a youth delegate by Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party. California sent 49 youth delegates, making up 12 percent to 15 percent of the state’s delegation.
“Youth played a vital role in Obama’s campaign. We got him the nomination, and will get him elected as president,” Moret said.
Moret attended several events, including a forum on unconventional women in politics, a luncheon with Hillary Clinton and a Latino and youth caucus. His favorite speech was the one delivered by Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.
“The fact that Kennedy was there in the first place was inspiring. He has done so much for the poor and the middle class,” Moret said.
Moret has participated in many political rallies, caucuses, fundraisers and elections. In 2000, he worked for the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
As for his opinion as to who should win the election; Moret offered these words:
“If there is any justice in the world, the Democrats should win.”