When most people think of Wake County North Carolina, they think of Raleigh, with the state capitol building, the trendy downtown business district, and students walking about the record stores and sub shops on Hillsborough street.
Cheryl Ellis knows a different part of Wake County. Cheryl is from Fuquay-Varina, a suburban community at the southern tip of Wake. And though her organizing turf is a less populated and more rural, she still cares about each and every vote that goes to the polls.
Cheryl is a community organizer in charge of organizing South Wake. Covering Fuquay Varina, Apex, and Holly Springs, Cheryl began building her team all the way back in 2008 when then Senator Obama was competing in the North Carolina primary.
It was the first time she had ever gotten involved in politics but it wouldn't be the last. After President Obama won the North Carolina primary, she became a Change Crew Chief, donating countless hours and her home to use as a staging location for the 2008 General Election.
After President Obama won North Carolina and was inaugurated she continue to volunteer, becoming a community organizer and helping to make phone calls in support of the Affordable Care Act.
We asked Cheryl why she thinks other people should join this movement and come out to volunteer. She said:
"The future for our children and of our country is at stake. it is important that you get involved because, getting involved in this election is the only way we can effect what's going on and create a the future that our children deserve to live in."
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