Name: Jamie Henry
Campaign role: Obama organizing fellow
Hometown: Scottdale, Pennsylvania
Organizing in: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Q1. What do you do for the campaign?
I do everything from meetings, data, phonebanking, and really anything else I can do to help. We have our neighborhood teams started in some areas and are working to get them started throughout the county now! I began as the go-to person for our regional field director in Westmoreland County. I worked under her guidance and began meeting with volunteers and starting our area phone banks. I have the time to dedicate and believe it really matters.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
I have been an avid Obama supporter since in 2008. I turned 18 just in time to vote in the primary and could not have been more excited. At that point in my life it wasn’t as feasible for me to get as involved as I would have liked. But when the Affordable Care Act passed, it really made me decide to dedicate myself to 2012. My 6-year-old nephew was diagnosed with a brain tumor last February, and my whole family was worried about his future. After that law was passed, we could feel secure that he would not have to face insurance companies denying him based upon a medical issue he could never have prevented.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your role?
I love organizing. It is a wonderful and rewarding experience where I am able to mix business with pleasure, because I get to meet so many great people. I love learning what the real issues are and brainstorming how we can work to get those issues brought to the table.
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
It somehow still surprises me how uninformed some people can be on major issues like the health care legislation. I never take it upon myself to tell someone to take my word, but instead guide them to the resources where I get my information. People need to take a more active role in their futures and stop thinking that their votes do not matter.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
While I swear that I prefer my brains over my athletic ability, I am proud of one fact: I set a national Division III college basketball record for rebounding. I pulled down 35 rebounds in one game. I credit this for my ability to earn a Division I scholarship out of a community college. My 1-year-old son is already following mine and his father’s steps, and is shooting hoops as well! I hope one day he surpasses my mark.