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Story #17: The story of an organizer


Today's a big day for our field team: it marks the start of our program to Get Out the Vote for Barack Obama on Election Day. We'll be talking to supporters about making a plan for election day. and ensuring that those who have committed to vote turn out at the polls. Granite State native Sam, a Field Organizer in Concord, knows this election will come down to the wire; each conversation she and other supporters have with voters could make the difference.

“A little less than a year ago I started volunteering for President Obama in my neighborhood of Manchester. I got a call from a local organizer during the Primary, asking whether I wanted to get more involved in the President’s campaign. I had never volunteered on a campaign before and wasn’t really sure what to expect. But I spent a couple of evenings a week in my local office, coming straight from work to make calls or knock on doors, and I loved it. The more time I spent in the office the clearer it became of just how close this election was going to be and that every hour I gave was really making a difference.”

“There are many reasons why I started to volunteer. I did it because I’m a recent college graduate whose student loan payments are manageable as a direct result of President Obama’s student loan reform. I did it because I’m a woman and the President has shown his support for women through the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. I did it because of Obamacare, which is putting me, not my insurance company or my employer, in charge of my own health care decisions. I did it for friends and family who aren’t told they’re second class citizens because of who they love. It didn’t take long for me to take the next step and become a Neighborhood Team Leader for Manchester Ward 6. It was a great experience being an NTL, but I still felt like I could give a little more, so I applied to be an organizer, in March I was chosen to be a Field Organizer out in Concord. A new area, with new people and new challenges, and I’ve never looked back!"

"For me there’s too much at stake in this election to sit back and let others do the work. We’ve worked too hard and come too far to turn back now. It’s a close race, especially here in New Hampshire and I refuse to wake up on November 7th thinking I could have done more, thinking if only I had made a few more phone calls, if only I had knocked a few more doors. When I wake up on November 7th it will be to another four years of progress, to another four more years of President Obama in the White House."

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