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Volunteers Across America: Florida

My name is Janet Carabelli, and I'm a volunteer for the Obama campaign in Miami, Florida.

In 2008, I volunteered for the campaign by going door to door, joining groups of supporters to hold signs on street corners and outside supermarkets. This past December, the Obama team here in Florida contacted me and asked if I wanted to be involved again for 2012.

After a one-on-one meeting, I started my work as a neighborhood team leader, or NTL, for the upper east side of Miami.

Right now, I’m working on solidifying a team here in my community. I want to identify people that can take on leadership roles and make our team stronger. As an NTL, it’s my job to set goals and make sure we have the people, the training, and the tools we need to organize and reach out to as many voters as we can.

I have lived in Florida since I was 10 years old. My family moved here because the warm weather helped my mother’s health. There are a lot of people that come to this state for similar reasons, and health care is a huge issue. That’s why the Affordable Care Act was so important for people here in Florida—preventing discrimination for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance. It has really had a positive impact.

For me, with loved ones in the military, I'm also grateful for President Obama's support for the troops and their families. He ended the war and initiated programs to help transition the troops to civilian life.

Floridians need the economy to continue to strengthen and for more good jobs to be created. Many people support the clean energy initiatives President Obama has proposed, especially building the solar power industry in a state that sees plenty of sunshine.

Because Miami is such an international city, I often hear people talking about how President Obama has improved America’s standing and respect around the world. I even hear from people who have recently come from other countries asking what they can do to help President Obama. I’m really moved by their love for our country.

The diversity of this place is just amazing. It seems like the demographics of my community change every five years or so, and that leads to such a great mix of cultures, food, and music—it’s almost impossible to get bored living among such variety.

We know that Florida is likely to be a very close contest, as it always seems to be. Knowing that energizes us to do everything we can to come out on top on Election Day. Anyone who wants to see President Obama stay in the White House and continue to make the type of progress we need should volunteer and get involved. The stakes are too important not to succeed.

Thank you so much,


The Sunshine State team will be busy over the next 10 months. Keep track of their progress on the Florida state blog or by following @OFA_FL on Twitter.

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