Under the Dome

North Carolina's Tori Taylor takes helm at College Democrats of America

Charlotte's Tori Taylor became president of the College Democrats of America on Friday at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention.

The 23-year-old UNC-Charlotte graduate and Taylorsville native, who is headed to graduate school at George Washington University, said her main job for the national organization is to act as a liaison between the Obama campaign and young voters.

She spent the convention attending events aimed at young delegates, seeking to dispel the notion that voters under 30 are less enthusiastic than they were four years ago. The convention has a historic number of young delegates this year, as did the N.C. delegation.

"Young people are excited, not only about the convention but President Obama in the fall," said Taylor, who ran unopposed for the position. "Over the next couple months you'll start to see young people and students start to pay attention."

Taylor, who is also a member of the Democratic National Committee, said the president's record on health care is not diminished by reports that the federal law is leading to more expensive insurance rates on campuses.

She said Obamacare is still an an asset in the conversation with young people because it allowed 3.1 million to stay on their parents health insurance. "It's definitely something that speaks to a lot of students," Taylor said.

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