Mesa State student to attend Democratic National Convention |

Mesa State student to attend Democratic National Convention

Emily Anderson
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” A Mesa State College student has been chosen to attend the Democratic National Convention as Colorado Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak’s page.

Waak picked Mesa State senior Ashley Mates and Nick Smiley Kallas, a high school student from Elbert County, to be her pages at the convention this August in Denver. Pages are the only people Waak gets to hand pick to be at the convention.

“I was looking for a couple of young people from outside the Denver area because I wanted better representation,” Waak said.

Mates got the news shortly after attending the Colorado Democratic State Convention May 16-17 in Colorado Springs. She sat next to Waak at a spring fundraiser for the Mesa County Democrats and gave Waak her card. Waak remembered the encounter and gave Mates a call.

“I was really upset when I didn’t get to be a (national) delegate, so when she called me I was glowing,” Mates said.

Mates’ duties will include relaying messages between Waak and convention participants and following Waak around the convention ” from breakfasts to the floor to parties full of celebrities, senators, Congress members and DNC members.

“It’s not a glamorous job, but for young people getting started in politics it will be very exciting,” Waak said.

Mates said she wants to record as much of the convention as possible with her camera and meet Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

Grand Junction resident and Mesa County Democrats Chairwoman Mary Beth Pyle will also attend the National Convention. She was selected as the only national delegate from the Grand Valley at the state convention.

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