It’s the first of its kind to arrive in my email basket: A press release announcing the plans of a 19-year-old Walnut Creek native to run as a delegate from Congressional District 10 to the national Democratic Party convention. (The caucuses are set for April 13.)
I’m not sure how many potential caucus voters read this blog but it never hurts to try! But I’m impressed with his ingenuity:
KWOK SEEKS 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT-LEVEL DELEGATE POSITION FOR DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Local Walnut Creek College Student Steps Into National Political Arena
Walnut Creek, CA – (April 01, 2008) – Jonathen Kwok, a nineteen year-old Walnut Creek resident and second-year student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) today announced he is seeking the appointment of the 10th Congressional District-Level Delegate at the Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver, CO in late August 2008. Kwok, studying political science and Arabic language with a focus on international relations, is recruiting support for his 10th Congressional District caucus campaign.
The 10th Congressional District caucus will be on April 13, 2008 starting at 2:00pm at the Kensington Community Center (59 Arlington Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94707). To vote in the caucus, a voter must be 18 years of age by the presidential election in November (NOT 18 years old by April 13th) and physically vote, no absentee ballots are allowed. The individual must be a registered Democrat and acknowledge that Jonathen Kwok is casting a vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention. They do not need to have voted for Obama in the primary, and individuals are allow to switch parties, as there will be opportunity to register as a Democrat at the caucus. There is one male spot and one female spot for candidates wishing to be delegates for Barack Obama. The 10th Congressional District includes Alamo, Antioch, Berkeley, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Canyon, Clayton, Concord, Dixon, El Cerrito, Elmira, El Sobrante, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Lafayette, Livermore, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Rio Vista, Ryde, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville, Walnut Creek and Walnut Grove, and is represented by Ellen Tauscher.
“I am interested in the US political system and want to better understand what it means to be a Democrat. I must take an active role in the change that Obama is talking about in his campaign,” said Jonathen Kwok. “I believe that my direct involvement in the National Convention is the first step necessary for me to be an active participant in the future of our country.”
Jonathen Kwok is one of a kind. During his time at Las Lomas (High School), I had the pleasure of coaching and teaching him both as his Japanese teacher and cross country coach. Inside and outside the classroom, Jonathen was loved by both his classmates and teammates. Jonathen has a unique ability to make every person he comes in contact feel special. Moreover, Jonathen’s work ethic is unparalleled, evidenced by his ability to speak multiple languages fluently,” said Andrew Schreiber, Japanese teacher and cross country and track coach at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. “It is uncommon for a high school teacher and a student to become close friends after the student graduates. Jonathen, however, has become a good friend of mine; whenever he is in town we make it a point to see each other and keep in contact. I love talking to Jonathen because he is wise beyond his years. I can have an intelligent conversation with him even though he is only in his second year of college!”
ABOUT Jonathen KWOK
Born in San Francisco, Jonathen became an East Bay resident before he was three years old, moving to Walnut Creek, then Concord and back to Walnut Creek. Jonathen went to Murwood Elementary, Walnut Creek Intermediate and graduated in 2006 from Las Lomas High School. Jonathen is currently enrolled at UCLA where he is studying political science and Arabic language with a focus on international relations.
He was president of the Las Lomas delegation of the state-wide organization Youth and Government, where he prepared several of his fellow schoolmates to run a mock government and court in Sacramento. Jonathen was awarded a state-wide position as Trial Court lawyer for Youth and Government, and presented a case before six other delegates in Sacramento. Before his Junior year, he attended the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
To find out more about the Jonathen’s run for caucus selection or to volunteer, contact Jonathenkwok@mac.com.