Armenians for Obama Take Action in Virginia

ANCA Capital Gateway Fellow Shant Nahapetian (left) and Armenians for Obama activist Serouj Aprahamian (right) volunteer for Presidential Candidate Barack Obama in Fairfax County, Virginia.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Virginia–As the countdown to the presidential race draws nearer, Armenia’s for Obama activists from across the country are stepping up their efforts to have their voices heard in this year’s election cycle. This past Saturday, several young Armenia’s for Obama activists volunteered for Senator Barrack Obama’s campaign in the crucial battleground state of Virginia.

“We know that Virginia will be one of the key states to decide who is going to be the next president of the United States,” said Armenia’s for Obama activist Serouj Aprahamian. “As Armenian American youth who live in this important region, we feel it is our obligation to ensure a positive change this November, both for our community and country.”

The young activists spent the day going door to door, meeting with local residents and gauging the level of support for Obama in the Fairfax County area. They also engaged in registering new voters, reaching out to undecideds and informing constituents about where Obama stands on key public policy issues.

“The feedback we got from local residents here in Virginia was overwhelmingly positive,” said Virginia native Viken Mousessian. “This was one of my first times working on the grassroots level for a political campaign and it was definitely a rewarding experience.”

Another Armenia’s for Obama volunteer to take part in the effort in Virginia was Shant Nahapetian, a current fellow in the ANCA’s Capital Gateway program. “I volunteer because I think participating in the electoral process goes far beyond voting,” said Nahapetian. “As Obama’s Presidential campaign has emphasized, if we really want to make a difference and create change that will last, it has to come from the bottom up.”

Armenia’s for Obama has taken an active role in campaigning for Senator Obama in numerous other states, including, California, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Armenia’s for Obama is a nationwide voter registration, education, and mobilization effort dedicated to electing Barack Obama President. Based in Los Angeles, and with chapters and affiliates across the nation, Armenia’s for Obama will harness the energy and enthusiasm for Barack Obama’s candidacy to ensure record high Armenian American turnout in critical battleground states.

For more information about Armenia’s for Obama in your area and how to get involved, contact AFOfield@gmail.com and visit www.armenia’sforobama.com.

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