My name is Stacy Keller. I studied at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and I just finished getting my master’s degree at Gonzaga University. I’ve always been involved in politics—mostly local politics when I was younger. My dad used to take my sisters and me around to knock on doors when we were little. This election, I knew I wanted to do everything I could to help President Obama so I got involved with Obama for America. I started helping on the Ohio side of things because Vice President Biden had an event at a car dealership in Ohio and some of us West Virginians came to join them.
I can literally throw a stone out my window and hit Ohio, so I’ve been canvassing there almost every weekend. It’s where I feel I can make the biggest difference. After all, no Republican has ever been elected president without winning Ohio. And even when we can’t go canvass there, we use the online call tool to make calls into Ohio. They have a lot of work to do over there, and we’re doing all we can to help. Lately, my team has been calling people to make sure they’re registered and ready to vote. And of course, we try to encourage early voting.
My favorite thing to do as a volunteer is definitely canvassing. You get to meet such a range of people. I’ve talked to a lot for older women in their 80s and 90s who were thrilled to see that there are younger women carrying on the torch. I’ve talked to people who aren’t really into politics because I get to tell them why I’m in for President Obama and they realize, “Wow, maybe this could help me!” So I tell those people about registering to vote and they realize how easy it is. That’s why those face-to-face interactions are so important. I’m just one person but I feel like I make a difference with every door I knock on, every phone call I make, every person I meet.
This election means a lot to me because of what President Obama has done for me personally. When I was in school, I had to take out loans—a lot of them—to get my master’s. I was working full time and studying part time. President Obama’s support on student loan reform is huge, because these loans are so hard to pay back and interest is so high that you can just get weighed down underneath it all. Obamacare also meant a lot to me because I couldn’t afford insurance, so I was afraid to get sick. I was afraid to go to the doctor, I was afraid to get my prescriptions. I’m happy that other young people don’t have to go through that now that we can stay on our parents’ insurance plan until 26.
I meet a lot of supporters who aren’t volunteering yet, and I always tell them that I understand how busy we all are but the election is just one month away and it’s so important on many different levels. When you get someone to register or sign up to vote early, you just delivered a vote for President Obama. That’s a tangible thing that you just did to help our president. I get to personally work for the President of the United States and that’s just so cool to me.
I’m going to spend the next month canvassing and continuing to do everything I can. I even called off of work for Election Day so I can get out there to help get out the vote. I’m just going to give it 110% until we win this thing!