Randy first heard President Obama speaking off the back of a pickup truck at Lincoln School in Dubuque in 2007. Since then, he's become a self-professed political junkie.
"I was not active at all," says Randy, who taught elementary school in Dubuque for 38 years. "I always voted, but I never got involved in a campaign until 2008. Now volunteering is a full-time occupation." If you live in Dubuque, you've probably gotten a door knock or a phone call from Randy in the past few months. He's collected a whopping 1,388 vote by mail forms from his fellow Iowans, and he's still going. "I'm not going to pause today until I get an even 1,400. Then I'll start on the next hundred." It's no wonder an OFA field organizer calls him the hardest-working volunteer in Iowa.
Since Thursday, Iowa voters have been able to vote early in person and by mail, and Randy has become an early-vote evangelist. "Early voting is really important," says Randy. "I was never aware how important it was until I started working on it. But it's never a good idea to think you're going to have another day to get something done. Getting the absentee or early vote information out there and carefully monitored to make sure ballots are being turned in—that means everything. We need to show we're out there and that there's a big voter interest."
The reaction across the political spectrum, he says, has been overwhelmingly positive: "People want to talk about the importance of this election. They want to know we're out there and that we're trying to get as many voters as we possibly can."
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