Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Obama campaign opens headquarters in Largo

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State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey greets staff and volunteers at the opening of the Obama campaign’s Prince George’s headquarters on Monday in Largo.
Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Prince George’s County is now open for business.

Approximately 40 volunteers and Obama supporters were on hand for the grand opening of the campaign headquarters on Monday at 1101 Mercantile Lane in Largo.

The office will serve as a call center and coordination hub for volunteers and campaign workers, who will be organizing outreach efforts throughout the county in anticipation of Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

‘‘This office will be used as a staging area for grassroots efforts,” said State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey, an Obama supporter who spoke at the event. ‘‘It’s really critical that a strong grassroots organization has a thriving office because turnout is so critical. We must make sure to get the word out that the primary is coming up.”

Ivey was joined by Attorney General Doug Gansler, Comptroller Peter Franchot, County Councilmen David Harrington (D-Dist. 5) of Cheverly and Samuel Dean (D-Dist. 6) of Mitchellville and Del. Justin Ross (D-Dist. 22) of Greenbelt, who all spoke in support of Obama.

Sarah Brannon, a volunteer who will be working out of the office, said volunteers already have begun going door-to-door in the county in an attempt to reach potential voters.

‘‘We are extremely excited by all the enthusiasm and energy here from all the people who have come out to support Barack Obama,” Brannon said. ‘‘We are looking to interact with and reach out to everybody in this county.”

Dean said that he has been a staunch Obama supporter ever since the Illinois senator decided to run. He said it was a credit to the strength of Obama’s campaign in Prince George’s County that so many people were at the office and willing to volunteer their time.

‘‘I think Obama brings something fresh to the political process,” Dean said. ‘‘He is a person trying to bring all of us together and I believe very strongly that he has the skills and ability to guide this country into the future.”

Upper Marlboro resident Lamazie Ojiaku said he too will be casting a vote for Obama on Feb. 12.

‘‘I believe that this is a time for change and I believe that Barack Obama is the man who can truly change America,” Ojiaku said.

E-mail Jonathan Stein at jstein@gazette.net.