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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Frederick County, MD Young Democrats to Hold Organization Meeting

J. Burke Miller

I have worked quite a few campaigns in my short time as an active constituent and each one, with its own flavor, has taught me something valuable and new. Some of those lessons have proven to be more valuable than others but no lesson has proven to be more painful than this: do not spend too much time on young voters because they seldom vote.

Looking at my peers and truly realizing the truth behind this campaign lesson has always been tough for me to swallow.

Fortunately, times change.

Enter Senators Clinton and Obama. These two should take the credit for registering unprecedented numbers of young voters during the primary and for the undeniable buzz about the impact that those voters can and likely will have in bringing a Democrat back to the White House in November.

Finally, young voters are being considered as a demographic that must be considered and this tells me one thing: the political iron is hot. It is hot like I have never seen in my lifetime and it is so primed that, if we strike it right, there is the potential to make Frederick Young Democrats the true tipping point that this county needs to become fully blue. At the very least, no campaign should ever again come through this county thinking that ignoring young voters will not have an impact.

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, the revamped Frederick County Young Democrats will hold their first meeting on August 11 at 8:00 PM at the Frederick County Democratic Headquarters (343 Market Street) in Downtown Frederick. Also, we have a Facebook group (Frederick Young Dems) and a group listserv for anyone who wants to join.

Please feel free to contact me at or at with any questions.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on August 11!

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