While Ohio volunteer teams were already hard at work for President Obama going into last week's rally, Andrew, a Wayne County field organizer, says the event definitely provided some motivation for the coming months:
"I know two of the volunteers actually got to shake hands with the President, so everyone's pretty hyped up about it. It was a great way to transition to our office opening—now, we're going to have this fun event and get down to business, and people are definitely fired up after that. I know I am.
"We were making calls all the time leading up to the rally, and then I headed to Columbus while the teams stayed back and kept up the phone banks. They were able to run on their own for a couple days, which was a great sign.
"Now we're focused on this Wednesday's office opening in Wooster. We're getting in touch with local organizations who might want to come out and support the campaign. We're just trying to reach out to as many people as we can to make sure everyone knows it's happening and has the opportunity to be there—which often comes down to making a lot of phone calls."
When asked why it's so important to open offices in cities across Ohio, Andrew explains:
"There are people out here who want to fight for the President just like we do in the big cities, and it's great to have a place where we can meet and get to know each other and have some fun. It's just about people getting together—whether you're in a rural area or an urban area.
"In Wooster and all over the state, we'll be working as hard as we can over the next six months to get the President re-elected. We always want to keep building and bringing people on board, letting them know that if you support President Obama, there's always an opportunity to get involved."
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A version of this was posted May 14 on the national blog.