POUGHKEEPSIE - A new campaign office for Presidential candidate Barack Obama opened today, Thursday January 17th, at 12 Raymond Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Walk-in office hours are planned for 5-8pm on weeknights and 12-8pm on weekends through February 5th.
Over 140 supporters gathered at the office for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:00pm. In attendance were dozens or teams of volunteers, as well as six local delegates who will be appearing on the ballot with Barack in February: Mike Kasper and Fredrica Goodman, both of the Town of Poughkeepsie, Joan Morris of the City of Poughkeepsie, Sonia Ayala of Monroe, Fred Cook of Washingtonville, and team leader Judy Aydelott of Katonah. Joyce S. Johnson, daughter of former Poughkeepsie alderman Stanley "Cubby" Johnson, and Barack Obama's statewide petition coordinator in the New York office, thanked all who attended for being "Fired up and ready to go!" Gwen C. Johnson, 7th Ward councilwoman in the City of Poughkeepsie and her husband Randall Johnson, member of the Poughkeepsie Board of Education, announced their endorsement of Barack Obama. Bill McCabe and Pete Wassell, two County Legislators from the towns of Union Vale and Dover, respectively, were also there to announce their endorsements for Obama. While not publicly endorsing any candidate, Town of Poughkeepsie Supervisor, Pat Myers and County Legislator for the City of Poughkeepsie, Barbara Jeter-Jackson, were both in attendance. Also gathered at the meeting were current and former local Democratic committee chairs, plus the presidents and vice presidents of student governments from area high schools and colleges, all of whom support Obama.
The next step for the local campaign is a door-to-door canvas and phone bank planned for Saturday at noon and an organizational meeting for supporters at the Muddy Cup Coffee House at 305 Main St in the City of Poughkeepsie on Tuesday January 22 nd at 8pm.