By Paul T. Choate
Aug. 28, 2012. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will soon have a field office in downtown Boone to get the word out about the campaign and receive pledges to vote leading up to the 2012 general election.
Since last week members and volunteers of Organizing for America NC – part of the national Organizing for America community organizing project to support President Obama – have been setting up their new field office at 130 N. Depot St.
“Having been a part of North Carolina since 2008, President Obama’s grassroots organization is connected to communities across the state in ways Romney’s campaign just cannot match,” said Cameron French, Obama for America North Carolina campaign press secretary.
There is still a lot to do before the field office is “officially” open, but people have already been stopping by and pledging to vote. Campaign staff members are optimistic about the downtown location close to many popular local businesses and Appalachian State University.
In the 2008 general election, Obama overwhelmingly won the under-30 vote, taking 66 percent to John McCain’s 31 percent. As the campaign mobilizes in university town across the country they are hoping for repeat success from the youth vote.
But ASU students aren’t the entire focus, of course. The Obama campaign is also trying to connect with community members in and around Boone. According to the Obama campaign, they have an “open door policy,” which means they are attempting to connect with all voters, not just specific demographics.
The Obama re-election campaign has over 40 field offices across the state of North Carolina and they are attempting to create “neighborhood teams” in order to connect on a local level. This goes back to the famous statement by the former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, who once said, “All politics is local.”
“As we grow our neighborhood teams in every region, volunteers are working to register new voters and talk to members of their community about the critical choice voters face in this election: President Obama’s vision to move our country forward by strengthening the middle class and investing in an economy built to last, versus Mitt Romney’s familiar, out-of-touch economic scheme that benefits the wealthy at the expense of middle class North Carolinians,” said French.
For more information about Organize for America, visit barackobama.com/fall-organizing-fellow.