Official portrait of President Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009. (Source: Whitehouse.gov)
Official portrait of President Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.
(Source: Whitehouse.gov)

BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT, Editor in Chief

This past weekend, Michigan campaign workers opened up two new offices for the Obama Administration.

One office opened in Warren as the Macomb County headquarters and the other in Ann Arbor as the Washtenaw County headquarters. These offices join those already set up in Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, Lansing, and Kalamazoo. A Grand Rapids location is expected to open in late November.

The two new offices celebrated their openings exactly one year before the 2012 Presidential election is to take place.

Each office in Michigan will serve as a place for supporters to meet, organize, and hold events pertaining to the upcoming election. They will also house the necessary resources for campaign volunteers.

Davison, MI resident Philip Swallows, working on the 2012 campaign, knows how important it is to get Obama’s message across to citizens after working on the 2008 campaign.

“I think he’s got to finish the job. Obama made a good start, especially on things like health care,” Swallows said. “I think there’s been some hope and some changes, but the job needs to be finished. I hope in the next four years, we can accomplish these things.”

Organizing for America press secretary Clark Pettig says the campaign message will mainly focus on the creation of jobs in the country.

“I think the message, a lot of it is focused on creating jobs, continuing to rebuild the economy. I think there’s a lot of people that know there’s still work to do,” Pettig said, adding that “Obama came into office when we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. I think people understand the president has been working to create new jobs and has a plan to do it.”

Obama’s campaign website states, “Over the next 365 days, the Metro-Detroit Organizing for America–Michigan Headquarters will be the center of action to support our neighborhood teams as we work to reelect President Obama.”

For more information on how to become involved with the 2012 campaign, click here.