Young Obama campaigner goes the distance

By Wendy Chan

David Elizondo believes Barack Obama will protect the rights of Americans.

Meet David Elizondo. On this rainy and gray Sunday in Washington D.C. before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, Elizondo sits at Ben’s Chili Bowl a local restaurant famous for their celebrity customers including Hillary Rodham Clinton, comedian Bill Cosby and Obama supporters.

Elizondo, 23, is one of the many young political activists in Washington who is working hard to get Barack Obama reelected as President of the U.S.

In addition to volunteering at Obama’s campaign office here in Washington D.C. he said he will help the Obama campaign in Ohio, a key swing state that is up for grabs for the Democrats or Republicans.

Being a campaign volunteer is a lot of work and is time-consuming. This is his first time volunteering directly for the Obama campaign. However, he works at the Human Rights Campaign and he together with other volunteers endorse political candidates. They have endorsed Obama for this election so a lot of the work they do and money they raise goes to Obama.

“Obama’s reelection would be the greatest reward for me. He supports gay rights including marriage equality and equal rights in the workplace,” he said. “I think he is better than [Republican candidate] Mitt Romney because he actually makes the difference and works for those rights.”

Elizondo came from Houston, TX. He went to Texas A&M University and came to DC to work for the Human Rights Campaign and to get out of Texas for a while. His family are Republicans. Four years ago, Elizondo said he did not vote in the 2008 presidential election because he thought he was not mature nor educated enough. Now he has university education.

Fast forward to 2012, as a campaign volunteer, Elizondo helps voters go through a sometimes complicated process of registering and casting their ballots. He even helps drive some people to the polls so they can vote.

“I also knock on people’s doors and explain why they should vote for Obama,” he said.

“Some people do not have transportation, so we may offer to drive them to the polls,” he said. “We just want people to get out and vote, and I believe it definitely makes a difference.”


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