Name: Patricia Stevens
Campaign role: Data volunteer
Hometown: Laurelton, New York
Organizing in: Las Vegas, Nevada
Q1. What do you do for the campaign?
Currently, I input data for voter registration, “I’m in” cards, and call sheets. And every first Wednesday of the month, I conduct data training—showing new volunteers how to input information from phonebanks and registration, like phone numbers, names, or whether someone’s willing to volunteer, into our database.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
Loretta, an east Las Vegas neighborhood team leader, asked me to join her and others to work with her on President Obama’s re-election campaign back in April 2011. I have been working diligently ever since.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your role?
I don’t consider myself a people person, so I get more pleasure working with data. Data input is so important; it allows the other field offices, as well as Chicago, to know rather quickly the amount of calls being generated in each office. What’s more exciting is when others read about the training, and send me an email and come in to join us.
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
In the beginning, there were days when the office was overwhelmed with call sheets; I would be in the office from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Since then, we’ve trained more people and that doesn’t happen as often.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Having visited Las Vegas numerous times, I decided to relocate in November 2005 from Laurelton, New York. After 20 years of service as a detective investigator, I retired from the New York City Police Department in May 2002. Since then, I obtained my master’s degree in special education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and I am currently a special education teacher. In my down time, which doesn’t happen that often, I relax by enjoying a good movie in the theatre.