Blake, left, and her friend Adrienne, showing off 2012 convention credentials
Name: Blaike Bibbs
Campaign role: Neighborhood Team Member, Chapel Hill team
Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey
Based in: Raleigh, North Carolina
How did you first come to the campaign?
In 2008, when I was 10 years old, I heard President Obama’s speech accepting the nomination. I remember I got the impression that everything he was saying was really about equality and fairness: treating people who aren’t well-off fairly, treating women fairly, treating disadvantaged people fairly. So, being the person I am, I started researching his positions on everything, and the more I learned, the more I realized that these are the same things I believe government should be about.
In 2010, I was asked to speak at a rally in North Carolina about health care reform. I talked about my family—my mom had a cerebral aneurysm and my two brothers are autistic. We were lucky because we had health care, but I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like if he didn’t have it. Again, health care is about fairness—making sure every family can afford it.
Soon after that I started volunteering, and started the North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats Minority Caucus. And next week, our group will be doing the Let’s Move! dance at the 2012 convention!