For me, the answer yes.
I grew up in Covington, right across from the Cincinnati River. It meant spending time at Newport on the Levee, and travelling a few steps more to walk around Fountain Square.
My family is split so evenly between Ohio that our family reunions go from the Bluegrass to the Buckeye state yearly, and inspire as much talk about the sports and goings-on of each state that it would be easy to assume we were experts on the subject.
If you asked who my favorite sports team was, I would, without hesitation, and as an alumnus, scream “The University of Kentucky Wildcats!” But ask my sister the same questions and you’ll find the same passion behind The Ohio State Buckeyes.
I am registered to vote in Kentucky, but I volunteer in Ohio.
Since 2008, I have made hundreds, maybe thousands of calls into Ohio. I’ve also done my part to build neighborhood teams in Kentucky.
By helping to get the word out about securing Ohio’s 18 electoral votes for President Obama, I knew was securing my well being in the state of Kentucky.
This election is about more that state pride or dedication—it’s about doing what’s right. I’m moving this country forward with each call I make and each house I canvass, as are the thousands of other volunteers.
So here is my plea to Kentuckians: Go to Ohio, not because you call it your second home, as I do, but because you want another four years of progress, and this is one way you can ensure you and your family and friends get it.
This election is less than 30 days away, and the country we have built together, and the progress we have made towards a more stable union, is something we can all have a hand in protecting.
If you were looking for a time to get involved, here it is. Whether you place a call or or make a trip to Cincinnati, you can take comfort in knowing that you did your part in serving your country, and in the meantime, got just a little bit closer to that neighboring state you know so much about.
After all, Kentuckian or Ohioan, I think it’s good to remember we’re all American.