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For the first time many area Democrats can remember, a presidential campaign office has opened in Kenton.
Organizing for America-Ohio on Thursday evening had the grand opening of an Obama for America office at 101 N. Detroit St. with about 30 people at the event. It marks the 43rd such office opened in Ohio this election year.
Campaign officials said the office will be used for meetings, organizing and to make phone calls to voters
“It’s very important,” said Anne Lippert of Ada, an Organizing for America volunteer. “It is showing people we are here, we really care about them. It’s not like politicians coming in for a day. It’s people talking to people, giving them information to decide who to support.”
Donald Traxler, chairman of the Hardin County Democratic Party, said, “It means (President Obama) cares about all the counties in Ohio, not just the big cities.”
Lippert said Organizing for America is a grassroots movement, a carryover from the 2008 election to support the president’s re-election.
“It’s very important to get the word out on what President Obama really stands for,” she said.
One issue in particular is the health care bill. Why opponents have labeled it “Obamacare,” Lippert said, “It is helping a lot of elderly people.”
Kenton artist Brian Heath painted the interior of the building. He also will be assisting with “Barns for Obama” by painting three barns in support of the president. The first was slated today in Ashtabula. He is scheduled to paint one in Hardin County on Sunday.
By TIM THOMAS