• Faces of the Campaign—Benjamin Croner

    Name: Benjamin Croner
    Job Title: Field Organizer
    Hometown: Potomac, Maryland
    Based in: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    Q1. What does day at work look like?
    For me, a day at work starts early and ends late. I have a lot of email correspondence to do early on, then it’s off to meetings with volunteers at local restaurants and coffee shops. I spend some time in my office but am out and about most of the time.

    In the evenings, I call constituents and supporters to help grow our movement. Some nights I get to speak at house meetings to bring more people into the fold. The night ends with a conference call with the rest of the New Hampshire staff, and then it’s time to relax and prepare for the next day.

    Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
    After I graduated from Syracuse University in the spring of 2008, I knew I wanted to be involved with the Obama campaign. I spent time that summer helping out at the campaign office in Bethesda, Maryland. That fall, I spent the final week of the campaign getting out the vote in West Henrico County, Virginia. It was an amazing experience and sent me on a course to be an organizer this time around. I am still fairly new to the state, but I am adjusting well here.

    Q3. What’s your favorite part of your job?
    Working with volunteers is by far the most rewarding part of the job. They really make this campaign run. They give me hope for the future and what this country can achieve. I think most people have a desire deep down to make a difference.

    Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your job?
    Meeting really awesome people from here in New Hampshire and all around the country. I have so many campaign friends who I never would have met had I not chosen to get involved. These are people I will stay in touch with for the rest of my life. Team New Hampshire is where it's at.

    Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
    When I'm not on the campaign trail I'm usually back in Maryland spending time with my parents or with my friend Miguel and his family, who are from the Philippines. I consider them my second family and they always know how to welcome me home.

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