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Watch out, young Dem is headed for caucus

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 at 5:04 pm in 2008 presidential election, Democratic politics.

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.

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  • Jeff Nibert

    Hey Fellow Obama Supporters in Jerry McNerney’s District(CD11),

    Jeff Nibert and Lea Austin are running to become pledged Barack Obama delegates from CD11 at the Democratic National Convention. They have teamed up and are running together as committed Obama supporters and volunteers. They need your support!

    Visit http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?inviteId=RSLAOOKKXJSRAYFILMSK&li=iq&src=email for more information. Also look below for more details about Jeff Nibert and Lea Austin.

    To vote, just come out at 2 p.m. on April 13th in person. Simply show up, sign in, vote and leave! You have the option of staying for a caucus at 3 p.m. The location is
    Williams Middle School
    1600 Tennis Lane, Tracy

    Help to send ROCK SOLID, committed Obama supporters (Jeff and Lea) to the convention.

    You must live and be registered to vote in Congressional District 11 (Jerry McNerney’s district). If you are not currently a registered Democrat, you can register or re-register that day at the election.

    District 11 includes Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Pleasanton, Dublin, Danville, San Ramon, Morgan Hill and part of Stockton. If you are not sure about your district, visit this website and enter your zip code: http://www.house.gov/.

    Jeff Nibert has been a Pleasanton resident for 21 years

    Obama for President Volunteer (February 2007 – present)
    § CD 11 Field Organizer & Phone-banking Coordinator
    § Organized phone-banks that called 8,000 voters in 3 days
    § Obama Meet-up.com Organizer
    § East Bay for Obama Field Operations
    § Pleasanton Precinct Captain
    § Door-to-door canvassing since June 2007
    § Training new Obama for President volunteers
    § Called voters across California and the country

    McNerney for Congress Volunteer (2004, 2006, 2008)
    Kerry for President Volunteer (2004)
    Dean for President Volunteer (2003)
    § Phone-banking: Voter ID, Persuasion, Get Out the Vote
    § Canvassing in Tri-Valley, San Joaquin County & Nevada
    § America Coming Together campaigner
    § Moveon.org campaigner
    § East Bay for Democracy campaigner

    Lea Austin has been a Tracy resident 1 1/2 years, and prior to that lifelong Alameda County resident

    Obama for President Volunteer (November 2007 – present)
    § Tracy Precinct Captain
    § Assisted in organizing phone-banks that called 10,000 voters in one weekend
    § Organized and hosted Tracy phone-banking
    § Door-to-door canvassing
    § Trained new Obama for President volunteers
    § Established online Obama supporter network
    § Recruited phone-banking and canvassing volunteers in Tracy and East Bay
    § Called voters across California and the country including Hawaii, Texas, and Pennsylvania
    § Get Out the Vote calls, canvass, and Election Day poll monitoring

    Voter Registration & Education (2004 – present)
    § Organized voter registration campaign in Alameda County
    § Organized voter education campaign: specific initiative & candidate information, general voting information & voter rights
    § Organized and hosted election information sessions

    YES WE CAN!

  • Jeff Nibert

    Hey Fellow Obama Supporters in Jerry McNerney’s District(CD11),

    Jeff Nibert and Lea Austin are running to become pledged Barack Obama delegates from CD11 at the Democratic National Convention. They have teamed up and are running together as committed Obama supporters and volunteers. They need your support!

    Visit http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?inviteId=RSLAOOKKXJSRAYFILMSK&li=iq&src=email for more information. Also look below for more details about Jeff Nibert and Lea Austin.

    To vote, just come out at 2 p.m. on April 13th in person. Simply show up, sign in, vote and leave! You have the option of staying for a caucus at 3 p.m. The location is
    Williams Middle School
    1600 Tennis Lane, Tracy

    Help to send ROCK SOLID, committed Obama supporters (Jeff and Lea) to the convention.

    You must live and be registered to vote in Congressional District 11 (Jerry McNerney’s district). If you are not currently a registered Democrat, you can register or re-register that day at the election.

    District 11 includes Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Pleasanton, Dublin, Danville, San Ramon, Morgan Hill and part of Stockton. If you are not sure about your district, visit this website and enter your zip code: http://www.house.gov/.

    Jeff Nibert has been a Pleasanton resident for 21 years

    Obama for President Volunteer (February 2007 – present)
    § CD 11 Field Organizer & Phone-banking Coordinator
    § Organized phone-banks that called 8,000 voters in 3 days
    § Obama Meet-up.com Organizer
    § East Bay for Obama Field Operations
    § Pleasanton Precinct Captain
    § Door-to-door canvassing since June 2007
    § Training new Obama for President volunteers
    § Called voters across California and the country

    McNerney for Congress Volunteer (2004, 2006, 2008)
    Kerry for President Volunteer (2004)
    Dean for President Volunteer (2003)
    § Phone-banking: Voter ID, Persuasion, Get Out the Vote
    § Canvassing in Tri-Valley, San Joaquin County & Nevada
    § America Coming Together campaigner
    § Moveon.org campaigner
    § East Bay for Democracy campaigner

    Lea Austin has been a Tracy resident 1 1/2 years, and prior to that lifelong Alameda County resident

    Obama for President Volunteer (November 2007 – present)
    § Tracy Precinct Captain
    § Assisted in organizing phone-banks that called 10,000 voters in one weekend
    § Organized and hosted Tracy phone-banking
    § Door-to-door canvassing
    § Trained new Obama for President volunteers
    § Established online Obama supporter network
    § Recruited phone-banking and canvassing volunteers in Tracy and East Bay
    § Called voters across California and the country including Hawaii, Texas, and Pennsylvania
    § Get Out the Vote calls, canvass, and Election Day poll monitoring

    Voter Registration & Education (2004 – present)
    § Organized voter registration campaign in Alameda County
    § Organized voter education campaign: specific initiative & candidate information, general voting information & voter rights
    § Organized and hosted election information sessions

    YES WE CAN!

  • Daniel Gordon

    Hello! My name is Daniel Gordon and I’m running to represent District 9 (Oakland and Piedmont) at the Democratic Convention this summer in Denver. I’m 20 years old and I am a student at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I have always loved politics, and think it is time for me to take my interest to the next level.

    I’ve chosen to run as a delegate for Hillary Clinton. I think she will make an amazing president, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help make history.

    I’d love to get involved in this, but I really need your help.

    The caucus will be on Sunday, April 13th, at 2pm in the Mills College Gym (5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94103). Voting will begin at 3pm.

    Please vote for me. I’d me thrilled to have your support. If you have any questions at all, send me an email me at: danfordistrict9@gmail.com

  • Daniel Gordon

    Hello! My name is Daniel Gordon and I’m running to represent District 9 (Oakland and Piedmont) at the Democratic Convention this summer in Denver. I’m 20 years old and I am a student at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I have always loved politics, and think it is time for me to take my interest to the next level.

    I’ve chosen to run as a delegate for Hillary Clinton. I think she will make an amazing president, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help make history.

    I’d love to get involved in this, but I really need your help.

    The caucus will be on Sunday, April 13th, at 2pm in the Mills College Gym (5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94103). Voting will begin at 3pm.

    Please vote for me. I’d me thrilled to have your support. If you have any questions at all, send me an email me at: danfordistrict9@gmail.com