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Meet the two Georgia teenagers among the youngest delegates in the nation

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Kendall Austin, 18, of Decatur, will be presenting the state at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Emily Jenkins/AJC

    Kendall Austin, 18, of Decatur, will be presenting the state at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Emily Jenkins/AJC

Will Carter is such a newcomer to Republican politics that he didn’t realize there was a $25 fee to attend his Savannah district convention. Someone had to loan him the money to get in.

If not, the 18-year-old rising Mercer University student wouldn’t be Georgia’s youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Will Carter is an 18-year-old Republican delegate from the Savannah area.

Will Carter is an 18-year-old Republican delegate from the Savannah area.

Kendall Austin has always been around politics. The 18-year-old from Decatur had a front-row seat as his grandmother Sandra Austin, the chairwoman of the DeKalb County Democratic Party, carried him to precinct meetings, caucus gatherings, and state and national conventions.

Now, the rising freshman at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., has his own seat at the big kids’ table.

The two teens are among the youngest of the thousands of delegates headed to Cleveland and Philadelphia this month. Find out more about why they are making their journeys here.