Mason Freshman Represents Alaska at National Convention

Posted: September 24, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

Andres Chovil at Democratic convention
Mason freshman Andres Chovil on the floor of the Democratic convention.
Photo courtesy of Andres Chovil

When freshman Andres Chovil came to campus this summer for orientation, one of the first things he did was contact his professors to tell them he would be missing a few classes.

Fortunately, this new government and politics major had a great excuse — he was representing the state of Alaska at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

The youngest delegate from Alaska, Chovil began his political pursuits in his hometown of Chugiak, which is just outside of Anchorage.

“I started working for the Obama campaign early on, making phone calls and knocking on doors,” he says. His goal was to get a good turnout in his community for the primary on Super Tuesday. He did; the next thing Chovil knew, he was a national delegate.

During the whirlwind of convention activities, Chovil took some time to absorb all that was happening around him. One of the features of the convention that stood out for him was the high emotionality.

“It is always very emotional at these kinds of events,” he says, but he also observed that people took note of the gravity of the situation.

“People were crying all around me. It was an important moment. We were nominating the first African American for president. We were there when the country finally took that step.”

But it will be the first of many such moments and conventions for this aspiring politician. After completing his degree at Mason, Chovil plans to attend law school and wants to one day run for Congress.

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