Volunteers Turn Out in Force for Prop 5 in Anchorage
March 29, 2012 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
Now on the ground in Anchorage, I’ve been struck by the sheer number of volunteers showing up to make phone calls, knock on doors, recruit other volunteers and turn students out to vote at the University of Alaska - Anchorage. Last night alone, we had dozens of committed people fill three large offices at campaign HQ making phone calls and having heart to heart conversations with persuadable voters. We’re literally talking to thousands of people each and every day, telling them why protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is the right thing to do for Anchorage.
I’ve been coming to Alaska for almost two years now – first for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and now to help One Anchorage pass Prop 5. We have a great team on the ground, with field staff from the Washington marriage campaign trekking to Alaska to organize volunteers and the broader community to vote Yes on Prop 5. The folks here are passionate and some of the friendliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.
As a special bonus to kick off last night’s phone banks, Assemblywoman Elvi Gray Jackson showed up to encourage the throng of volunteers to stay passionate and committed about their mission and to never let up until we win the fight on April 3. Recent polling has showed the race tightening, but Prop 5 proponents still hold a lead. This race will come down to a contest of which side will better turn out their supporters. If organization, volunteer power and people truly committed to the cause is any indication of which side will win, then we should expect to see a win for equality on Tuesday night.
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