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Crossing State Lines

We are so proud to be part of a large group of volunteers who came from places outside of Nevada to help the local Democrats get out the vote. As we compared notes with other volunteers, we started asking them why they came. Why did they take time away from work and their regular lives? The answers were always heartfelt and very moving.

For example, Leland from Alameda (a gay activist) and Pat from Grass Valley, CA met when they were working in Ohio in October to help with early voting. They became good friends and now are here in Reno together doing what they can to help. Pat remembers seeing John F. Kennedy speak and Leland remembers working for the 1972 Democratic candidate, George McGovern.

We've met so many interesting people who came to Reno to work on the campaign. One of the teams we met was a mother, Jacqueline, and her daughter, Ashley, who are both from Sacramento. They have worked together in swing states since Obama first ran 8 years ago. Ashley has become a community organizer as a result of her work and they were both passionate about the power of women and what we can do when we put our minds to it. Ashley is only in her early 20's but she seemed so poised to us.

While we were walking in the neighborhoods we felt especially proud to see other canvassers who were like us-- working to get local Reno voters to the polls. Hillary and Zack, from Oakland, were also young and very enthusiastic about the work that they are doing to help turn Nevada blue.

One of our very favorite people, Sue from New York, was training all the volunteers. She always has a big smile for us and welcomes everyone to Reno Democratic headquarters. We signed up with so many Californians that you could almost forget that you were in Nevada.

Sidebar: We can't help commenting on the very large number of pit bulls and chihuahuas we've seen while canvassing. If you were to take a poll of favorite animals in Reno-- they would win in a landslide!

Here we are interviewing Leland and Pat (in striped shirt).

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