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Alex Cornell du Houx '06 Elected to National Democratic Leadership

Story posted August 05, 2005

Alex Cornell du Houx with Senator John Edwards (D-NC).

Alex Cornell du Houx '06 was elected College Democrats of America Director of Development at the College Democrats National Convention in Washington, D.C. last month.

Cornell du Houx has been instrumental in building the Maine College Democrats, elevating them to their current level of national standing. "Undoubtedly, Alex will bring the same vision and work ethic to the national organization as he has contributed to the success the Maine College Democrats," said Maine College Democrats Political Affairs Director Dan Herzberg '06.

The Maine College Democrats, of which Cornell du Houx is co-president, also has risen to national prominence by being honored at the convention as "State Federation of the Year."

"The Maine College Democrats are an example after which all other state federations should model themselves," affirms College Democrats of America President Grant Woodard. "When the Democratic Party issued a challenge to America's new generation of voters during the 2004 Presidential Campaign, the Maine College Democrats rose to meet that challenge, organizing a statewide network of campaign volunteers who propelled Kerry to victory in Maine."

In the past year the Maine College Democrats expanded their presence on Maine's college campuses exponentially by incorporating 20 new chapters; held their first-ever state convention (on the Bowdoin campus); and launched the publication of their newspaper The Blueprint, which has the distinction of being the nation's only College Democratic statewide newspaper.

"This award is a testament to the passion, hard work, and dedication we've all invested in the pursuit of our Democratic ideals over the course of the last year," Cornell du Houx explained. "We remain deeply concerned for our collective future and are committed to another successful year."

Maine's delegates, representing Bates, Bowdoin and Colby colleges as well as the University of Southern Maine, joined over 700 of their fellow campus progressives hailing from blue and red states alike in converging upon the nation's capital for the convention's four days of events.

Attendees were addressed by such prominent Democrats as Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and past and present Democratic National Committee Chairmen Terry McAuliffe and Howard Dean, respectively.

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Information for this story provided by the College Democrats of America.

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