17-year-old Hannah McCarley will turn 18 at the National Convention in September
CHARLES TOWN — West Virginia Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin won’t be attending the Democratic Party’s National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. Neither will U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.
But Washington High School senior Hannah McCarley will be taking a week off of school to attend.
And she’ll celebrate her 18th birthday.
“The fact that she’s turning 18 on the first day of the convention means she will be the youngest delegate in Charlotte in 2012,” said Rod Snyder, president of the national Young Democrats of America and a Jefferson County resident. “When the delegates cast their votes, she will be one of those votes.”
McCarley said her parents will be going with her.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the process firsthand,” McCarley said. “(Politics) has been a large part of my life. My Dad is very involved in politics.”
The convention will run from Sept. 3 to Sept. 6.
McCarley said she looks at matters differently than most.
“I look at an issue and ask myself how it is going to affect others. I like getting different reactions on issues,” she said. “I like to be well-informed in order to back up my beliefs.”
McCarley carries a GPA of 4.25, is interested in psychology and likes working with children.
She said she remains un-committed about pursuing a career in politics.
“I don’t know about running for office. I’ll see where my roads take me. Right now I’m looking at colleges to attend,” she said.
In the meantime McCarley said she would be working with local candidates to get youth involved in voting.
Manchin’s office said he intends to spend this fall focused on the people of West Virginia.
“Whether that’s representing them in my official U.S. Senate duties or here at home, where I can hear about their concerns and ideas to solve the problems of this great nation,” Manchin said.
“I will remain focused on bringing people together for the next generation, not the next election.”
The governor’s office offered no comment about Tomblin’s decision not to attend.