At yesterdays Seattle AIDS Walk I spotted Congressman Jim McDermott (D) standing alone with his phone. Knowing he is a very approachable man I walked over and introduced myself. After a few minutes of conversation about all his years of support for the AIDS Walk, and the community that suffers from the disease, I asked him about his thoughts on whether or not young people were getting involved in the politics leading to the November election.
Here is his response to my question.
I wrote what's below (and previously published on Newsvine) the night before and include it to show some context to my questions.
"Last night I attended a precinct organizing meeting at a location equidistant to the University of Washington, Seattle University, North Seattle Community College, and Seattle Pacific University.
When I walked in the hall my first reaction was that I'd stumbled into what I envision an AARP meeting to be.
In one corner Edwina was pitching her award winning brownies and in another Mabel was pushing her oatmeal, chocolate and raisin cookies.
Of the eighty plus people in attendance there were only two people who were anywhere south of 50.
Where were/are the younger people?
Once I got over my first reaction to the crowd, and the meeting began, I got caught up in the crowds enthusiasm to get out and get people to vote.
The attendees are doing some good work and could use all the help they can get-
King County, in the last election, voted, per capita more than any other county, though only 46% of registered voters voted!!!
I couldn't get over wondering where the college students were-
Quote of the night. "If it wasn't for King County (greater Seattle area) we would be Idaho!"