Natick Resident to be Delegate in Democratic National Convention
Natick's Dylan Hayre will attend the Democratic National Convention on Sep. 4 as a Delegate voting for Barack Obama.
Natick's Dylan Hayre will travel to North Carolina to serve as a delegate in the Democratic National Convention on Sep. 4.
Hayre is the Chairman of the Natick Democratic Town Committee and Chairman of Natick's Council on Aging.
We sat down with him to ask about his expectations for the upcoming convention:
How did you become Delegate?
"Well, every four years we have a national convention as the delegates representing that district. This year it is not contested, so everyone is going to vote for Barack Obama to be President.
So, every Congressional district holds a caucus where they can vote on who they want to go to convention. I ran for Delegate on a slate with 7 other people and we went in there and sort of cleaned up, we all won."
Do you think your presence at the convention will make a difference?
"I think so, I think it already has. Treasurer Grossman started this initiative to get marriage equality as a plank in the Democratic platform. The DNC platform committee met after and decided it will be, and I have talked to Treasurer Grossman about that and have gotten to work with him a little bit. I didn't have a direct effect, but I think the organized pressure has an impact."
This is your first National convention, are you excited about the whole experience?
"Yes, I was just looking at the website today, and every day there are a thousand things to do. It's like picking classes in college as a Senior when you're done with your requirements and you want to take cool stuff. There's so much going on."
What are you most excited about?
"Can I pick two? Number one seeing the President speak. Seeing him speak as President I think will be inspiring, he is a hero to me for sure.
But beyond that, I think just the events - the breakfasts and the interactive stuff in the city itself and getting to know the folks on the ground. We all know Elizabeth Warren and Deval Patrick but there are going to be Mayors and State Senators and hundreds of local volunteers from other states. I don't know anyone from any other state at the local level and it's going to be exciting to meet them."
What do you wish more people knew about Barack Obama?
"I think his perspective is guided much more by what he didn't have than people realize. One of the reasons he wants health care is because his mother passed away because she couldn't have health care. One of the reasons he works on his college education and tuition stuff is he's had to pay off loans between college and law school. He even had some loans up until the time he ran for President. He didn't have a lot on his way up, and that changes your perception."