TOLEDO (WTOL) -- Summer campaigning is heating up Northwest Ohio this weekend. With the presidential election only months away, the candidates and their supporters, are hard at work wooing voters.
Representatives for Senator Barack Obama's campaign are holding house parties across Toledo.
News 11's Tanieya Lewis says you could call them parties with a purpose.
Households across the country are playing host to unite for change events...with hopes of raising support for the Obama campaign.
Good food and a few friends sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday night. But at the Piasecki home in Holland, this was more than a social gathering. This party was political.
Daniel Garcia hosted a party and says, "We're coming from Henry County, Fulton County. We've got a lot of people here, and we all feel the same way."
This was just one of four Unite for Change parties held by the Toledoans for Obama. Their goal is to reach people in a relaxed environment, and get them volunteering.
From a house in the suburbs, to a house of God in the inner city, the issues raised were the same.
"The issues are healthcare, education, diversity and equal opportunity," says Pastor Dr. Donald Perryman.
"I currently don't have health insurance, so that's a big issue for me," says Garcia.
"When other people here that, it's like, yeah that's something I need to do," says an Obama rep.
And it seemed the rep was preaching to the choir at the Center of Hope Baptist Church in Central Toledo.
"We need to do something about the issues that are going on around us and quit staying on the sidelines and letting other people decide things for us," says Perryman.
"I thought that it was very gracious for them to offer me the opportunity, but I've done grass roots organizing in the past, and I am active in the community," says Tracee Perryman-Stewart.