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Obama campaigners party in Central District
Obama campaigners party in Central District
by Tim Peter - SGN Contributing Writer

Never before has there been so much red at a Democratic event, yet a Gay time was had by all last Saturday night, February 14. That's because a group of local Gay & Lesbian Obama campaign workers and a few of their straight allies got together for a Valentine's Day party in Seattle's Central District. Many of the guests were dressed in red for the day of love, not because of any political party affiliation.

"This was an experiment to see how things would go post-inauguration. It was a total success," said Josh Castle, party organizer and emcee. "I'm really glad it turned out as it did. Everybody from the campaign showed up and had a chance to meet, hang out and relax."

He hopes to continue as a grassroots, campaign-style group, supporting President Obama and his agenda, as well as other elected officials in the Democratic Party. "Until we have an election, we're going to focus on what Obama wants. We're going to have more stimulus packages, health care, [getting the] United States out of Iraq," he said. "If the Democratic National Committee or House or Senate Democrats or any other committee or issue needs our help, we will jump on and help."

The party also included a live band, Kelly and the Bluedinis. Kelly Reed, of Bellevue, was lead singer and also a campaign volunteer. "I made phone calls, wrote letters, donated money and educated my son and his friends," Reed said. She added, "My favorite part [of the campaign] was that it was my son's first election. He turned 18 just weeks before the November election." She said that he was excited to vote for Obama.

The party was held at the home of Brook Stanford, an active member in Seattle's GLBT community. "This party was for all who worked on the campaign, not just those who gave money, but for all their hard work as well," he said.

Also in attendance was David Ginsberg of West Seattle and candidate for Seattle City Council. He said there will likely be two open seats on the Council, because he expects Council members Jan Drago and Richard McIver will not run for re-election this year. Ginsberg said he isn't yet certain for which seat he will campaign, since he and Jordan Royer - son of former Seattle Mayor Charlie Royer - are possibly vying for the same seats. But, he said, since he and Royer are friends and also share the same campaign advisor, he will not run against Royer but pick a different Council seat for which to run.
picture above: Josh Caslte and Kelly Reed
below:Brook Stanford sets out the food

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