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May 5, 2008

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Usually on Cinco de Mayo we’re debating the pros and cons of putting a lime in our Corona, but the ongoing Democratic presidential nomination contest has us pondering weightier matters. Like: How will those mysterious superdelegates affect the race come convention time? Thankfully Shukoor Ahmed, CEO of V-Empower, a Bowie web development company (named one of the nations’s 500 fastest-growing private companies by Inc. magazine in ‘07), and Ken Laureys launched www.lobbydelegates.com on April 3 to provide not only answers, but the chance for voters to influence the process.


Shukoor and Ken, a lobbyist, bonded over their similar ideas about local government while campaigning for Bill Bradley in 2000. Shukoor had already started www.statedemocracy.org after many voters told him they didn’t know much about their state reps during his 1998 run for the Maryland House of Delegates. His current project spun off from that basic idea. “I kept hearing the term superdelegates and wondered who these people were,” Shukoor tells us. “I wanted to know myself.”


Shukoor and Ken started www.lobbydelegates.com to allow people to easily lobby the superdelegates in their state. The site provides superdelegates’ names, contact info, and which candidate they support (if they’ve said), along with a downloadable letter to be printed and mailed, emailed or faxed ($5 fee required for faxing). And while the two are registered Democrats, they aren’t choosing between Hillary and Obama—at least not openly. “I wanted Bill Richardson,” Shukoor says. Ken has picked a candidate, but is keeping that a secret.


When Shukoor needs a break from work he heads to his backyard for some cricket. He played for his university back home in India where he was a first batsman, essentially his team’s leadoff hitter, and almost always faced the opponent’s best pitcher. Laureys, seen here pitching, co-founded the Riverdale Boys and Girls Club and follows his son’s band “The Great Escape.”  And we thought creating websites was his great escape.


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