Young Tennessee lawmaker speaks at Democratic National Convention

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – You may have seen her around Tennessee’s Capitol Hill speaking on a variety of issues, but on Thursday Memphis Rep. Raumesh Akbari spoke to a worldwide audience at the Democratic National Convention.

The 32-year-old told News 2 she was there to help Clinton with younger voters, many of whom were once with democratic challenger Bernie Sanders.

During her three-minute speech which was delivered shortly after 4 p.m., Akbari worked to “rally the troops.” She discussed topics like college tuition and economic prosperity.

Akbari, who is the daughter of an Iranian immigrant and Memphis woman, said Clinton “has a really good plan for affordable college education, free community college, and she is going to fight for economic options for people of our generation.”

The lawmaker, who is also an attorney, said the Clinton campaign and the party made minor tweaks to her speech,”but otherwise they are my words.”

“Now listen, whether you’re a republican, democrat or independent, whether you are black, white, Latino, or Asian, whether you are gay, straight, or transgendered, whether you run a ranch, a farm, a church or a beauty shop down in Memphis, Tennessee, Secretary Clinton is a fighter for us all,” she said, in part.

Akbari told News 2 she’s inspired by Clinton’s legacy of service and the fact that she was “fighting for children before she became an elected official.”

She went on to say that she’s looking forward to Clinton officially accepting the nomination for president.

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