Story posted August 27, 2008
Kate Epstein '10 was among Maine's 23 other delegates and eight superdelegates at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo.
Epstein, an anthropology major and English minor from Harvard, Mass., attended the Brunswick caucus, where she was elected to be a delegate to the state convention in Augusta, held May 31-June 1.
When the opportunity arose for her to be a national delegate, Epstein sprang into action — collecting signatures, attending meetings across the state and writing to the other Clinton delegates in District 1 — ultimately winning an at-large spot.
"I talked about how I decided to get more involved when I saw the lack of young support for Senator Clinton, and that I hoped Maine would fulfill its affirmative action guidelines, which are similar to the national guidelines, which call for a more diverse group of delegates for the 2008 convention, including people under 24, people with disabilities, racial minorities, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) people," Epstein said.
Such service to her party and her community runs in the family. In 1992 Epstein's mother was a Paul Tsongas delegate for Massachusetts. As Bill Clinton had wrapped up the nomination before the national convention, the elder Epstein was a Clinton delegate when she headed to the convention, which took place in New York City.