My name is Peggy Shane, and I'm a neighborhood team leader with Obama 2012 in Wilmington, Delaware.
I’m originally from New York, but Delaware's small size has really grown on me over the last 30 years. It’s common to see state and local officials around the community—I once saw then-Senator Joe Biden at the movie theaters a couple years back.
I support President Obama for many reasons, not least because of his amazing accomplishments. Whether it’s the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” or the Affordable Care Act, he’s done a lot these last three years.
President Obama has also been focused on something extremely important to folks in Delaware—education. Thanks to the Race to the Top program, Delaware has received millions in federal funds for putting forward one of the best comprehensive education reform plans in the nation. Education is the true key to economic recovery, and folks in Delaware feel the direct impact of President Obama’s policies.
I was looking for a way to help the President do even more, and during the summer of 2010, I received a call from a summer organizer. I jumped at the opportunity to sit down and discuss how I could get involved in this campaign. After my one-on-one conversation, I quickly got to work making calls at phone banks with the local neighborhood team.
A few weeks later, I was asked to be a neighborhood team leader. I was apprehensive at first, but with the support of my regional field organizer I decided to give it a try. I started small—with a house party. It’s a fun way to meet folks who are passionate about the same things as I am. At the meeting, volunteers stepped up, and before I knew it, my team had been formed.
The work we do is hard, but incredibly fulfilling. Every day brings a new experience here in Delaware, and I feel rejuvenated by the dialogue we’re having with our neighbors. While we do have to battle cynicism every day, it’s important to remember that the main reason folks don’t do something is because they weren’t asked. As members of the Obama 2012 campaign, we have the power to ask folks to get involved—and it’s amazing how responsive they’ve been so far.
Peggy and volunteers across Delaware are asking folks to get involved every day—follow their progress on Twitter at @OFA_DE.