Young Man Eyes Delegate Slot For '08 Dem Convention
By Dara Mormile
Bergen Beach resident Mitchell Partnow hopes to instill political awareness among community youths. The 21-year-old wants to be chosen as a 9th Congressional District delegate for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
"I grew up with parents who were very community-oriented and political," he said. "I guess I caught the bug."
His mother Sue Anne Partnow heads two local JASA senior citizen centers, at Temple Emanu-El and at the Hebrew Educational Society. His father, Mark, is a Supreme Court judge and founded the Thomas Jefferson Young Democrats Club, which Partnow joined when he was 19 .
Currently the club's president, Partnow recruits young people and coordinates borough and citywide campaigns.
"I attend as many community meetings with as many civic groups as I can," he said. "If you want to influence change in your community, you have to know what's going on. Every Thursday evening the Young Democrats meet and I serve as a liaison to elected officials. We discuss what's going on in the district and who we can reach out to."
Partnow attended Public School 312, Roy H. Mann Intermediate School and James Madison High School. He presently attends St. John's Uni-versity and is majoring in legal studies.
Co-leaders of the 59th Assembly District Bernard Catcher and Roberta Sherman approached Partnow and encouraged him to put his name on the ballot in the February 5 primary election.
"He single-handedly revived the Thomas Jef-ferson Young Democrats Club," Sherman said. "He has all the qualities of an outstanding leader and he has great character. He's not only dedicated and devoted to the club politically, he's also well liked and very insightful."
Partnow needed 5,000 signatures of local registered Democrats to get on the ballot
Of New York State's 280 delegates and 39 alternates, 151 and 25 will be elected from the 29 congressional districts. In next Tuesday's primary, five local delegates will be chosen to represent their presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.
If Partnow becomes a delegate, his duties will involve meeting with committees that work on long term legislative projects and working within the district on problems that impact the commu-nity.