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Posted September 20, 2011
Linn County Democrats open campaign office

Deborah Kimm (left) of Amana talks with Gary Goldstein of Cedar Rapids during the Obama for America and the Linn County Democrats campaign office opening potluck Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (SourceMedia Group News/Jim Slosiarek)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Linn County Democrats celebrated the repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy Tuesday while  opening their 2012 election headquarters.

“The Obama campaign will be focusing heavily on Iowa,” said State Rep. Tyler Olson, D- Cedar Rapids.  “We’re really relying on those volunteers and that volunteer base.”

With President Barack Obama looking toward a second term, supporters are trying to connect with people via a number of platforms.

“We’re on the phones, we’re knocking doors, talking to people,” said Kay Fisk, who campaigned for Obama in 2008.

Tuesday’s campaign office opening coincided with the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.  Gays and lesbians are now able to serve openly in the military.

“Elements of our community thought Obama could wave a magic wand and accomplish this by executive order a long time ago,” said Harvey Ross, Chair of the Linn County Stonewall Democrats, “but I think he did it right.”

Volunteers  said the repeal puts even more pressure on the President to get elected a second term.

“It’s important to make sure President Obama does get back in to retain the things we’ve worked hard and fought for,”  Fisk said.

“We hope he’ll spend a lot of time in Iowa again,” addedFisk, “he was good about that the first election, and we hope he’ll be back again for that.”

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