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Meet Evan Draim of Alexandria, the 'Doogie Howser' of the GOP

Posted on Aug 30,2012
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

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Evan Draim, 17, is the youngest delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week.

By John Arundel

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Paul Ryan might have gotten elected to Congress at the tender age of 28, but he looks like a political piker compared to Evan Draim, who at 17 is the youngest delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week.

He may just be the "Doogie Howser" of American politics, as Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly called him. "Actually, that's one of my favorite shows," he responded.

The high school senior from the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria may still not be able to vote (that changes on his birthday), but he's still eligible to vote at the convention with 2,000 other delegates this week and then at the polls in November, after he turns 18.

“The reason I ran [for delegate] in the first place was to represent young Americans," Draim told The Washington Post's Laura Vozellla. "I’m happy to be going down to Tampa and bringing voice to what I consider an under-represented group, which is American students."

Draim was one of seven people who ran for three delegate slots from Virginia’s 8th Congressional District in May. He received more votes than anyone in the pool of candidates, even trouncing Arlington County Republican Committee Chairman Charles Hokanson, among others.

“I pretty much called almost all 700 people who were registered to vote in the convention,” Draim told the Post of his aggressive outreach effort.

A student at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Draim made his appeals in person at local GOP meetings, while still managing to ace his studies in Advanced Placement biology, economics and U.S. history, while serving on the swim team and the debate team

“Almost every night of the week, I’d finish school, do whatever after-school activities I had and to go to tea party gatherings, local Republican meetings,” he told the Post. “It was quite a process.”

Draim has never attended a national political convention before, but his dad, a criminal malpractice defense attorney, has taken him to GOP state conventions and is with him in Tampa Bay this week, soaking up the festivities.

Draim said at an early age he drew his political inspiration from his maternal grandparents, Ida and Anton Wurczinger, who migrated to the United States after World War II after fleeing Soviet oppression in Hungary.

“I view it as my responsibility to give back to the country that has given them so much, and I want to make sure the American dream that helped my ancestors is there for future generations of immigrants and graduating students,” he told the Post. 

A picture of me addressing the 2011 Conservative
Political Action Conference on a panel
about youth activism

A picture of my interview on FoxNews with Megyn Kelly
A picture of me during my campaign for RNC delegate at one of the many political gatherings which I attended/addressed. The slogan on the sign reads "Elect a Younger Face... For the Grand Old Party."
A picture of me being interviewed on the convention floor for a profile by POLITICO
A picture of me campaigning with my younger brother, Kyle, at the VA 8th
district GOP convention where I was elected RNC delegate

To watch an interview of Draim at the GOP Convention on Fox News Channel, click here:

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