By E.A. Barrera
The 2008 Presidential campaign officially got underway in San Diego on December 2 when Illinois Senator Barack Obama became the first candidate to open an office in the county. A Democrat running for his party’s nomination, supporters of Obama picked up two key local endorsements, as San Diego City Councilman Tony Young and former San Diego Schools Superintendent Carl Cohn both publicly endorsed Obama.
“We are ready to know the truth and Senator Obama will tell the truth,” said Young in calling for an end to the Iraq war and a change in leadership after seven years of Republican George W. Bush in the White House.
The California Democratic Primary is February 5, 2008. About 100 supporters of Obama gathered at the campaign’s new headquarters at 1502 6th Avenue on the corner of 6th Avenue and Beech Street. Among the organizers of the event was Edith Ramirez, a law school classmate of Obama’s at Harvard. Ramirez is leading the recruitment drive to organize Latino voters for the Obama camp.
“He was president of the Harvard Law Review when I was a law student at Harvard in 1990,” said Ramirez. “We always knew that one day he would be running for President. He is a true leader with the ability to bring people of different backgrounds and ideologies together to reach consensus on the important issues. We are reaching out to Latino voters in California and across this country because we know that Latino voters will make the difference in who is the next President of the United States.”