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Joe the Plumber

October 16, 2008

Joe Wurzelbacher (or “WurzelBURGER” as McCain called him) is the plumber made famous in last night’s presidential debate. I would like to introduce you to other worthy Toledoans who should have been mentioned in the presidential debate last night. They are all volunteering at Obama’s Campaign office in Toledo.

* Brittney and David are homeless. He’s a native Toledoan who is a business owner, and she is pregnant with their first child due in June. Brittney and I were doing data entry together yesterday (I’m convinced that Obama is going to become the president of the United States because of data entry!) and were discussing election night party options and dreaming about attending Obama’s inauguration in January. Not knowing that she was pregnant I told her that I work at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, and she told me that she was both. Apparently she and David are staying at a church through Catholic Charities in Toledo, but may have to leave because they don’t normally house couples.

* Christina is a freshman in high school who is an incredible canvasser and Obama volunteer. She and her sister who is a year older have been living with a foster mother since June. She has good grades, but got kicked out of one Toledo’s high school because of a fight with a boy and is now attending another.  She is in the office everyday and will be the next Stephanie Tubbs.

* Mary is the one to go to when you have a question. She always knows the answers. She worked on Toledo’s Kerry campaign and houses out-of-state volunteers. She brings in delicious food for all — omnivores, carnivores, vegans. You’ll be phonebanking and suddenly she has blessed you with an apple or a tootsie roll. She’ll whisper in your ear so you know that there is a fresh delivery of food. She cleans up the place and is a DATA CRUNCHER extraordinaire. She’s originally from Buffalo, but has raised her children in Toledo. Thank God for Mother Mary! 

* Originally from Ann Arbor, Shimaa has been in Toledo since August to work on Obama’s campaign. Her turf is Sylvania, a suburb of Toledo. I am delighted that I have been paired to work with her. She has a great story. Read about it here:

I’ll post pictures when I get the chance.