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From Skeptic to Organizer


Steve W. wasn't always the biggest fan of President Obama. "I'll admit, I was a little apprehensive when he was elected." So how did the former mechanic become an Organizing Fellow for the campaign?

Since the last election, Steve's been impressed by the President's efforts to turn the economy around. "I'm 55 years old. I've started two businesses, and found different levels of success. The President came into office during a tough time for our country, and I think he's done a good job stepping up to the challenge."

Steve's first passion is restoring classic automobiles, but after a shop accident left him unable to pursue his passion he decided to go to college. One of his courses had a service-learning requirement. When he heard about the Organizing Fellow's program, he knew he had found the perfect way to get involved in the election and earn college credit at the same time, "a win-win for sure."

Beyond the President's work to create a strong economy, Steve wanted to work for President Obama because of the strong character he sees in the President.

"I don't always agree with everything the President says, but I believe he is sincere in everything he does. I really appreciate that about him."

Steve's class only requires six hours of service learning, but part-time summer Organizing Fellows commit to 15-20 hours per week. "I expect it to become a lot more than 20 hours per week. I'm ready for it. I'm excited for it."

Meet Steve, and all our new summer organizers, on the campaign trail at an even near you.

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