My name is Lynda Mehrens, and I'm a retired special education teacher and volunteer for the Obama campaign in Boise, Idaho.
I've been involved in politics practically my whole life. I remember going out with my father to campaign for one of his friends who was running for mayor—I was doing lit drops when I was 10 years old! I'm not shy, and I like people very much—meeting them, talking with them, finding out what really matters to them—so I enjoy knocking on doors and making phone calls.
I got involved in this campaign because I feel strongly about so many of the issues President Obama stands for. I try to communicate that every time I volunteer—I always tell people when you're looking for someone to represent you, you've got to realize that no person is going to be exactly like you and believe everything you believe. But you need to look at the whole person and think about who they are and what they've done—for me, it's things like passing health reform, protecting our environment, passing the Recovery Act, and helping companies to keep jobs here in America. One of the most exciting moments in my life was just three days before the 2008 election. I spent the day talking to all kinds of people—Republicans, Independents, veterans—and I left our field office saying, "I just got five votes!" And that's how I did it—I just laid out the facts.
People here care about their families, and Idaho is a wonderful place to raise children—especially with the outdoors being so beautiful, and having so much access to it. So we care a lot about education, about our livelihoods, and, of course, about protecting our environment. It can be a challenge making sure everyone knows who is advocating for the issues we care about, but when it comes right down to it, people here just want the same thing everyone wants: to see the economy keep improving so they can have a better life.
That's why, for the next nine months, I plan to be as vocal as I can here. I'm going to do anything and everything I can to help re-elect the President—including convincing other people to volunteer their time for the campaign. It's very exciting, it's very rewarding, and it's very important.
Just a couple days ago, I watched the State of the Union address at a big party we had with some of our volunteers, and it was really something. I'm just so proud of the President and the way he's boosted our country's image around the world—because of his policies, and because of what he's done. I kept track of every time he mentioned one of our accomplishments from the last three years, and he's very humble about our progress. So the way I see it, it's up to us to make sure word gets out, because we need him around for four more years.
See you out there!
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