Area Obama supporters gathered Saturday to show their support for the presidential candidate, one of 4,000 grass roots groups meeting that day.

They discussed ideas and passed out voter registration cards to hand out to citizens not yet registered to vote.


Area Obama supporters gathered Saturday to show their support for the presidential candidate, one of 4,000 grass roots groups meeting that day.

They discussed ideas and passed out voter registration cards to hand out to citizens not yet registered to vote.

Becky Bidwell also talked about a phone call she received from the Boston Globe.

Lisa Wainwright, a reporter from the Globe, called Bidwell about doing a story on how grassroots efforts are still in existence and if they are working.

“I started out as a $5 donor to Obama and now I introduced him when he came to El Dorado,” Bidwell said. “Grassroots efforts do work.”

Eden Fuson agreed.

“We’re just showing our support for him today,” she said. “Obama is bringing all sorts of new people out.”

The group also shared information on Sen. Donald Betts who is running for Congress and Peter DeVries, who is running for the 16th District seat in the state Senate.

“We’re going to do some grassroots efforts for Betts as well,” Fuson said. “He’s going to be our way away from Tiahrt. Betts is very big for veterans. We really need someone in there who cares about registered Americans.”

DeVries was on hand at the event to speak to the group.

“Those who give sacrificially of their time, talents and efforts make a difference,” he told the group. “There are 4,000 other events like this full of people who determined they can make a difference. When you tell a friend at work or make a donation, those are the things that make a difference.”

He said the government needs a change from the top down.

“There have been over seven decades of Republicans controlling the Kansas legislature,” he said.

He feels the state needs government accountability, a comprehensive energy policy and a health care system that is feasible and patient friendly. He also knows the importance of education.

DeVries also talked about Obama.

“People nationwide discovered common values and discovered Obama represents them,” he said. “We need Sen. Obama in the White House and with your help, we can put him there.”

He also mentioned that Sarah Johnston needs their support as well. She is running for the 75th District Kansas House seat.

It was also voiced that they need to counterbalance conservative Republicans in this next election.