A local group supporting Barack Obama is knocking on doors and dialing neighbors to get voters to cast support for him in Tuesday's primary.
"The way his campaign is structured is much like a community campaign," organizer Patrick Saunders said. "It's very people-oriented. We feel its a lot better to have someone from the community knocking on the doors rather than using recorded phone calls."
Saunders said about six people hit the streets on Sunday and covered most of the city's first ward. They are not stopping at every home, he said, but are concentrating on registered Democrats, new voters and independents.
His next event is scheduled for from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Local 42 Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall at 187 Woodlawn Ave. Saunders said people should bring their laptop computers and cell phones and he'll bring everything else.
People can either call local numbers or go door-to-door with lists Saunders will provide. "We'll have walking lists and we'll have literature and we'll give a little training session for new people too," he said.
"Essentially, it will be a combination of calling and canvassing," he said, adding he sends in the results of his local work each day to the national campaign and they compile results. Saunders plans on getting as many people together again on Thursday for another night of campaign work "same time, same place."
He said he was surprised Sunday by the number of local people who are still undecided about their vote next week.
"People are just beginning to focus on it," Saunders said. "People who have so much on their plates."
Saunders is working with several groups Erie County For Obama, Firelands Folks for Obama, Mansfield Ohio Area for Obama and Ohioans For Obama. Details on their campaign is available by calling Saunders at (419) 668-0335 or on the Web site http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/4rbth.