Office opening of the week: Chesapeake, Virginia
Robin and Connie are friends from high school, and they live near each other in Chesapeake, Virginia. So when they heard a new Obama 2012 office was opening in their neighborhood, they decided it was time to get involved together.
At the opening, there was a lot of energy and excitement in the room, which I liked to see. A lot of people looking forward to propelling this campaign, looking for the win. People are eager to get involved. We’re not nervous or scared—it’s more like we understand the impact of this election and what the wrong choice could do.
I saw a few people I recognized from church, and my insurance agent was there. It was just nice to see some familiar faces, and I noticed a lot of people knew each other because I overheard a lot of conversations like, “Hey! I haven’t seen you in a while!” It was obviously a close-knit group, and we seemed to be among friends.
I signed up to attend a meeting tomorrow to find out in a little more detail what’s going on. I know there are a lot of opportunities for canvassing and phone calls and things of that nature. I’m not much of an outgoing personality, but they said that’s fine because there’s a lot more back-office-type stuff like data entry that needs to be done. So I’m looking forward to doing something like that.
Any way that we can help is important. There are so many more things involved in this campaign than just going door to door. We have to get that registration info and put it into the system so someone can contact the person again. It’s all part of it—stuffing envelopes, whatever we can do. I talked to the staff, and they said any way I could participate, there was an option available to me. We told them we’re willing to do whatever they need.
I did some voter registration drives last election, but I still say I’m an amateur at this. This year I feel more of a pull to get a little more involved. Right now is critical, in order for President Obama to finish what he started, because we want to progress, not regress. If we make the wrong voting decision, all the progress we’ve made so far goes right down the tubes. So I want to do what I can and play my part.
If you want to support President Obama, now’s the time. It’s extremely important to get as many people as possible to support him in any way they can to make sure he wins. We need help everywhere, but specifically in those places like Virginia where the race is so close. The more we can get out there, the better.
The earlier you can get involved, the more people you can impact. Don’t wait until the last minute. Right now, you have greater time to educate, greater time to get the facts out there, greater time to get people registered if they need that. Don’t wait too late and get left behind!
Ready to join volunteers like Robin and Connie where you live? You’ve got 90 days left.