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Story #23: A seasoned campaigner at 17, Doug knows you're never too young to make a difference


"I was 11 years old when I decided to volunteer for the first time. That was back in 2007, during Barack Obama's first presidential campaign. When I told my parents I was interested in volunteering here in Exeter, they were really encouraging. Four years later, I'm an organizing fellow for OFA New Hampshire. I've been making calls, going canvassing, entering data, and organizing volunteers. I'm still not old enough to vote, but I think it's important to do my part to re-elect the President."

“I really wanted to make a difference in the 2008 election. Everyone was so energized by the election, especially the younger generation. My friends started paying more attention to the candidates and the issues because there was a candidate talking about things that mattered to us. This year, the stakes are even higher. One of the reasons I support President Obama is his commitment to equality - in every sense of the word. He’s made so much progress in the past four years. I’m afraid that under a Romney administration, we wouldn’t just see an end to progress on important issues, we’d actually start going in the other direction."

“I've been volunteering here in town for years, even during the 2010 mid-term election, so you could say I've become a familiar face in Exeter. There's such a great group of volunteers and everyone has become really engaged in the community. That's the best thing about grassroots campaigns. And as we get closer to election day, you can feel everyone getting more energized. There’s nothing like politics in New Hampshire."

–Doug, Exeter volunteer


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