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Local political parties ramping up campaign efforts

Posted: Updated: Oct 1, 2012 05:51 PM

By Victoria Shirley

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- A KNOE-8 campaign 2012 update: With just two days until the first presidential debate, local Democrats and Republicans are ramping up their efforts. Republican women strategized campaign plans over lunch on Monday. "I don't want one person not to have a yard sign!" shouted former state representative Kay Katz to the room full of women.

While the ladies of the Ouachita Parish Democratic Party spent time phone banking. Both groups have the same goal in mind to elect their choice candidate. Ambia Baker volunteers several hours a week manning Monroe's Republican headquarters. "We've had a lot of people come in. We've gotten rid of our first shipment of 1000 signs." said Ambia Baker, chairperson of the GOP Party. Baker says they've restocked signs and the party will soon lend a hand to its counterparts in other states. "We are looking to help the swing states do calling from our office probably in the next week or so." said Baker.

Over to the other side of the political spectrum. Brenda Shelling is organizing the distribution of personalized signs for the parish. "We are all so excited about this because we want to paint Ouachita parish blue." said Brenda Shelling of the Democratic Party. Shelling says the Democrats have a hardworking campaign and community members will soon see evidence of their efforts. "We are also going to be putting billboards up which will be the first time a presidential candidate has had billboards in our community."

The candidates will go head to head in one of three presidential candidate debates scheduled for the coming month. A recent Washington Post and ABC news poll has registered voters predicting Mr. Obama will win the debate. But the poll numbers don't phase republican Baker. "I have great confidence in him, I think he will do a great job." said Baker and Shelling says she has confidence the poll numbers will translate into reality.  "We're so excited, we just want to jump up and scream" said Shelling. Both parties say they will continue working hard until the last vote is counted on election day.

The Ouachita Parish Democratic Party will host a debate watching party at the Clarion Inn. KNOE 8 and KAQY 11 will both be airing the debate at 8 p.m. on Wednesday October 3.

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