Democratic National Convention
Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Young people key to election, delegate says




By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOS ANGELES - Young people can be the key to electing Al Gore president this fall, if only the Democratic Party finds a way to "make politics real'' to them, Cincinnati City Councilwoman Alicia Reece told Ohio delegates Tuesday morning.

        Ms. Reece - who, at age 28, became the youngest woman ever elected to city council in last year's election - brought the Ohio delegation to its feet Tuesday morning at its caucus breakfast at the Century Plaza Hotel. She called for a crusade to rally millions of young voters in the fall election.

        "It is a myth that young people do not care,'' Ms. Reece said. "They care if you tell them we need to fix the health care system for their grandparents; they care if you tell them Al Gore and the Democrats will provide opportunities for scholarships and jobs.

        "Our mission,'' Ms. Reece said, "is to inspire. Be role models.''