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South Pasadena teen sees Democratic convention up close

September 6, 2012 | 11:42 am

South Pasadena teen helps at DNC

Being part of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., is sure to give Harrison Cameron a great what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation story to tell his classmates.

The 16-year-old high school junior from South Pasadena is working as a volunteer page and on Monday night could be seen performing various errands and duties at Time Warner Cable Arena, wearing a reflective yellow vest over his suit and tie. 

“I just help out with whatever needs help with,” he said, standing in the aisle as L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa worked the crowd nearby, shaking hands with California's delegates. “We’re going to distribute some insane number of signs later: ‘We Love Michelle,’ ‘Forward’ and that kind of stuff. A lot of signs.”

He can thank his dad, David Cameron, a Teamster executive who travels the country working on behalf of 70,000 railway engineers and maintenance workers.

“He’s very interested in these kind of things,” the elder Cameron said. “We were going to bring him to the inauguration, but we weren’t able to do that. I asked him if he would like to come to this and he said ‘Absolutely!’ I talked to all his teachers, got all his assignments. They were all excited for him to go. I think he’s having the time of his life.”


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Photo: House Minority Leader Sen. Nancy Pelosi, standing behind California's signpost, declares the state's delegate votes for the nomination for president Monday night. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images