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Obama's Organizing for Action gets new Florida coordinator



Victoria Kirby has been named Florida state coordinator for Organizing for Action, the extension of President Barack Obama's campaign machine.

"The state coordinator's role is to support the work folks like you are already doing. Victoria will help identify leaders, build chapters, and work to keep all of our skills sharp through trainings and development programs," OFA national coordiator Sara El-Amine wrote in an email. "Your coordinator will work with local volunteers to build a strategy specific to your community, and to make sure the Florida team is getting all the resources this organization has to offer."

Kirby graduated from Howard W. Blake High School for the Arts in Tampa and volunteered for the campaign in 2008 and 2012.

"President Obama had my support because he wanted to fix our health care system," Kirby wrote in a campaign blog in 2011. "I don't talk about it often, but my freshman year in college I was diagnosed with a neurological issue that made graduation scary -- how was I going to find health insurance that would cover my condition? When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law it felt like a huge burden was lifted off my shoulders because I didn't have to worry about getting sick anymore."

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:40pm]


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