There’s no place like home

ONE members around the country are hitting the presidential campaign trail, engaging and educating the candidates on the fight against extreme poverty for ONE Vote.

I’m proud to be from Connecticut. Almost too proud. Who doesn’t love a state that gave us the hamburger, Wiffle ball and some of Mark Twain’s finest writing? In any case, my pride last evening was well-founded. Knowing I’d never turn down a chance to put on a pair of boat shoes and head back to the Constitution State, I jumped at the chance to help host our ONE Vote 2012 kick-off party at a truly historic venue, the Connecticut Governor’s Residence in Hartford.

CT ONE Vote 2012  Governor's Residence

Connecticut’s First Lady Cathy Malloy welcomed more than 30 ONE supporters into her beautiful home to discuss the question that’s on every ONE’s members mind this election: How will each candidate plan to continue America’s legacy of fighting worldwide issues of extreme poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS and access to childhood vaccinations?

Our own Mike Salamon, ONE Vote field organizer, explained just what ONE Vote is -– our initiative to engage and educate the candidates on the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. And while all eyes are on Tampa Bay for the Republican National Convention this week, former Republican Congressman Larry DeNardis moved us with a heartfelt reminder on why development programs are not simply a moral imperative, but a crucial component of our national security.

What made the event a success? It may have been the ONE-cookies that our youngest ONE supporter, Katie, baked for the occasion — but mostly, I think it was our phenomenal ONE volunteers. Governor Dannel Malloy himself stopped by to say hello, as did Attorney General George Jepsen, New Haven Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, Congressman Chris Murphy’s District Staff and Senator Richard Blumenthal’s Hartford staff. Everyone came together for something we know we can all agree on.

This showing made me as proud as ever to be not just a Connecticuter, but a ONE member. We need help from ONE members like you every day to keep moving forward. Add your voice to our ONE Vote 2012 petition and email our ONE Vote Field Organizer, Mike Salamon if you want to get involved on the ground.