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Published March 16, 2012, 05:25 PM

Democratic Convention Day 1 Brings Excitement to Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Democratic State Convention kicked off this morning with help of people from all over North Dakota. Politicians geared most of today's events toward youth.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Democratic State Convention kicked off this morning with help of people from all over North Dakota. Politicians geared most of today's events toward youth.

Months of preparations have led up to today--the first day of the convention.

Folks from near and far and even some young ones have come to support their party and see what the candidates have to offer.

For most Democrats, it's the biggest day of the year thus far.

"This is sort of the beginning of the whole political process, like lake Itasca, the beginning of the mississippi," said State Insurance Candidate, Tom Potter.

And hype for former President Bill Clinton's speech has just begun.

"Lot of excitement in the air. Everyone is happy to be in Grand Forks," said Govenor Candidate, Ryan Taylor.

But most of the attention is geared towards the younger crowd.

"It's about the future and it's about what we're going to give to our next generation," said Taylor.

"Kind of fun, we get to learn more about the candidates which is really good, not only for nominating them here but once we get into having them be elected. It's good for strategizing and talking to district chairs to find out more about the candidates, what you can do to persuade your friends and vote for the candidate.=," said Minot High School Senior Class President, John Hoffer.

Candidates realize how important it is to gain the younger generation's respect.

"I think they are so curious about this process so interested in moving the country forward," said Senate Candidate, Heidi Heitkamp.

And young people understand as well, how heavy their decisions can weigh.

"Obviously we want to have well informed voters, and if you don't get into politics a year or two before you start voting, you're not going to be well informed," said Hoffer.

"Especially from the district that I'm in, its mainly college students so we really want young people to get involved with politics," said District 42 House of Representative Candidate, Kylie Oversen.

More than 70 middle to high school aged students were involved in today's events-and most candidates couldn't contain their excitement for tomorrow's events.

"Absolutely brillant speaker, there's none in the country that's better in my opinion than bill clinton," said Heitkamp.

Fine-tuning platform issues and nominating and introducing candidates was mainly what went on during the first day of the convention.

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