Name: Monica Wisehart
Campaign role: Obama Organizing Fellow
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Organizing in: Phoenix, Arizona
Q1. What do you do for the campaign?
I am an organizing fellow for OFA-AZ. I have done it all from voter registration to data entry to phone banking.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
I donated $25 to the campaign online because my mom asked me to donate to her grassroots page. I filled out all the basic info and then I checked that box that asks if I’d like to volunteer. I later forgot that I had checked that box - whoops! In October I got a call from a Fall Fellow with the campaign named Gabby. Gabby asked me if I’d like to come in to have a one on one meeting with her. I told her I was too busy to volunteer on a campaign and ended our call. In November I went to vote in whatever local election was happening. I got into my car after voting and began to realize exactly how effective voting could be. It was because of voting that I had such an awesome president! I needed to get other people out to vote! I found Gabby’s number in my phone and gave her a call. The rest is history.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your role?
My favorite part of my role in the campaign is that for the first time in my life I truly feel like I am able to be a part of change. Turning Arizona blue is very important to me because Arizona is my home and after the election is all said and done I want to be proud of the work I’ve done here on the ground. Arizona is a large part of my identity and I’d like the political atmosphere here to reflect that. I’d love to see President Obama win here and for Arizona to take a big leap forward!
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
The most unexpected part of my role has been the friendships I’ve forged along the way. The people I work with everyday on this campaign are so wonderful. I love their drive to get the president re-elected and for the first time in my life I have friends I can discuss politics with! My Regional Field Directors and my state field director are the people who keep me coming back on my most busy days. OFA - Arizona is definitely a family and I am proud to be a part of it.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I am a fourth generation Arizonan and very proud of it. My family is what you would call “old Phoenix” and there is even a street here named after our family (Coles). In my spare time I am a lifeguard and will often be found around an OFA office in shorts even on the coldest days (low 60s).
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