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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Ahead of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, delegates all over the country are getting ready to head to Philadelphia, including some from Spokane.
        
"I'm really excited for the convention," 18-year-old Ava Sharifi told KHQ. You might remember Sharifi from her powerful speech earlier this year about the difficulties of being discriminated against for being Muslim.


When 4,700 delegates and 50,000 people head to Philadelphia, they'll choose a democratic presidential nominee. Sharifi will be one of them. She'll be the youngest delegate there, and it's the first time she's ever voted in a presidential election, but she's no stranger to politics. 

"I've been living and breathing the art of politics since I was like 6," Sharifi said, "or since I've been talking I guess, and I've never regretted it."

That's thanks in part to her dad, who's a political science professor at Eastern Washington University.  

Sharifi says she's passionate about getting involved. 

"I guess the aspect that you're able to talk for people who don't really feel as if they have a voice," she explained.  

She's a delegate for Bernie Sanders, but she might be channeling her inner Hillary Clinton when it comes to what she's packing in her suitcase. Sharifi says she's bringing her first "power suit" that she ever got elected in. 

But even if Sanders doesn't win the nomination, she's staying open minded.

"I have to keep myself focused on the idea of why I'm going there," she said. "Which is to make sure that I'm voting on a progressive platform, that I'm trying to make sure the DNC picks the strongest candidate for our party, and just to have a good time."

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