Provo will have a representative at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans this summer, and he will be one of the youngest delegates there.
Steve Densley Jr., almost four months after he turned 18, was elected as one of 26 delegates to the GOP National Convention during the state convention. "I will spend seven days in New Orleans and I've got my candidate, George Bush," he said.With Bush carrying all the candidates from Utah, young Densley said he will put his efforts toward helping formulate issues on the Republican platform.
"There's not a lot to do as far as the candidates are concerned, so I will turn my attention to the platform," he said. "I am particularly interested in youth issues like education and drug problems.
"I am in favor of the zero-tolerance program, I would like to see them continue that. Mayor Ed Koch has a good idea - using the National Guard to search boats suspected of having drugs on board."
Densley has been involved in politics in one way or another for most of the last decade. "When I was 12 years old my father ran for Congress in the newly organized 3rd District. I helped his campaign by going door-to-door," he said. "After that dad ran for state Senate. By then I was older and could comprehend more of what was going on."
Steve has been active in high school politics, serving this past year as student body vice president at Provo High. He was elected to Boys State and went on to serve as one of the two senators from Utah at Boys Nation. He has also served as a page for Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Densley hopes that voters between the ages of 18 and 24 will see that they can have a voice in what goes on, even at the national level.
As for the vice presidential choice, Densley said he would like to see Jack Kemp or Pete duPont nominated. He also said he could support Jeane Kirkpatrick.