Local Campaign Offices Making Final Presidential Push

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

October 28, 2008

"We're reminding them that election day is Tuesday, because you'll be surprised at the amount of people that forget that," said Christian Schoenewald, chairman of the Albemarle County GOP.

It's just some of the work being done at local campaign offices for John McCain and Barack Obama. They've been at it for months, but in this final week, volunteers and staff are now working non stop.

"The primary staff on any campaign, be it up in Arlington headquarters or down here at the Charlottesville Victory office, you know a lot of us will be going on four, five hours sleep," said Schoenewald.

"There's a lot of around the clock stuff going on this time around and we've gotten all the volunteers that we can and making sure we can do everything that we can," said Emily Tombes, and Obama campaign volunteer.

Workers and volunteers are using whatever they have left to get voters out to the polls November 4th.

"It's a whole new ball game, we're expecting so much voter turnout from what I've been told, that it's hard to say if it will favor one side or the other, but it's always important to turn out as many voters as you can," said Schoenewald.

"I think it's going to be really, really crucial to get people out to the polls," said Tombes.

But both campaigns agree that no matter who you decide to vote for, they're working to make sure that you go out and exercise that right.

"The most important thing, getting everybody that can vote out there to the polls," said Tombes.

"It is vitally important that they get out and vote this year, this is a special thing that Americans get to do that we've been able to do for 200 plus years," said Schoenewald.

Both campaigns are still looking for volunteers. If you would like to, here is their contact information:

Obama's Charlottesville office downtown - 422-9365
McCain Victory Office in Albemarle County - 973-5499

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