Several Campaigns Are Revving Up In The Valley

January 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Staffers from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's campaigns came to the valley after Iowa and they are hoping to keep momentum for their candidates.Dozens spent their Saturday morning in Fresno training to be precinct managers for the Barack Obama campaign.

Nathan Blake, Obama Staffer, says "We expected about 15...we had about 15 RSVP, we ended up with 30 which was a great example of the grassroots outpouring of the campaign. We have a lot of excitement, we're trying to harness it in the local level."

Training sessions like this took place all over California to encourage supporters to put up signs and make calls.

Kara Hughes, Regional Field Mgr. Obama, says "We're doing major phone banks across the state, right now we're helping out our fellow volunteers in Nevada. Their primary is coming up on the 19th, so we're calling Nevada as well."

Phone calls are also being made on the republican side.

Rudy Giuliani's campaign does phone banking twice a week and Fresno city council member Jerry Duncan is helping Mitt Romney's campaign.

"The Romney people have a pretty novel approach, they'll send you a list of phone numbers you can call from home. Right now, we're focusing a lot on Michigan, as it gets closer to California, they'll be a lot of effort and energy spent to encourage people to vote for Mitt Romney," says Duncan.

Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign is opening an office in downtown Fresno on Tuesday.

The campaign is trying to recruit volunteers and focusing on absentee voters who are casting their ballots now.

Kamyl Bazbaz, Clinton Staffer, says "So we are having phone banking parties; BYOP; bring your own phone parties, we're doing them all across Fresno and the state."

About 4,000 absentee ballots have already come in to the Fresno County elections office downtown and the office is seeing more people voting early.

Andy Anderson, Fresno Co. Elections office, says "It's been hectic. People at front and back counter to register, re-register, to change their party, we've been busy, the phones have been ringing off the hook."

The elections office says it has about 15,000 more vote by mail requests this election.

If you want to vote early at the election office the Kern Street office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 and on Saturdays from 9 until 4pm.


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