September 6, 2008
The Obama campaign has opened another office in Charlottesville, this one right on the corner.
Students at UVA celebrated the grand opening of the office on Wertland Street Saturday.
The space used to be the Grand Marc leasing office, but according to students, the owner donated the space to the Obama campaign for free.
Organizers say there is now a student-run Obama campaign office on campuses in every state.
"Charlottesville is a city in itself and UVA is like another city. It needs its own organization and its own operation on its own," says Emily Blakemore, campus coordinator of Students for Obama. "Students are a difficult issue with voter registration as well as with getting to the polls and things like that, so I think they really wanted a center to focus on the school."
Sam Shirazy, President of Hoos for Obama, added, "It's going to be open until Election Day. it's just a great place for UVA students to come, relax, and get involved in the campaign."
Organizers say they plan to attend every UVA home football game to get the word out.
They're even going door to door at off-grounds housing.
The Obama campaign already has a Charlottesville office on the downtown mall.