President Obama's grassroots group's new leader in Massachusetts is a Boston College graduate who worked on the presidential campaign in New Hampshire before that pivotal primary, and helped Obama win Pennsylvania in November.
John Spears will be Bay State director of Organizing for America, the group announced this afternoon. Now housed within the Democratic National Committee, the 13-million-member organization has been actively supporting Obama's agenda.
Its big issue now is health care, and the president will be speaking to volunteers on Thursday to try to ramp up support.
“The work we’re doing at Organizing for America is unprecedented. I'm thankful to be a part of this effort to maintain and build upon the historic grassroots network of support that brought us victory in November,” Spears said in a statement. “Since OFA was formed earlier this year, the President’s supporters in Massachusetts have been active in their community, working in support of the President’s legislative agenda. Right now OFA's supporters are working tirelessly to make their voices heard in their community to ensure that meaningful health insurance reform is passed this year.”
His mini-biography, as provided by Organizing for America, is below:
John Spears is a Florida native and a graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. During the 2008 General Election, Spears worked for Obama for America in Northeastern Pennsylvania where he helped Get Out The Vote for the President. During the 2008 Primary, Spears served on the Obama campaign in various capacities in New Hampshire and Wyoming. Prior to working for Obama for America, Spears attended Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work, where he was selected as student representative to the Executive Board and was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Previously, Spears worked at the International Justice Mission, an NGO that provides legal advocacy for victims of abuse and oppression overseas.
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