Anchorage Woman to be Backstage With Obama

18 08 2008

Just got an email from the Obama campaign. They’ve done a little promo where they choose 10 contributors to be backstage with him before he accepts the nomination, and there’s an Alaskan on the list!

I want to thank you for supporting this campaign and making a donation during our Open Convention program.

We’ve selected 10 supporters who will be joining me backstage in Denver before I accept the nomination, and I wanted to tell you a little about them.

The people who make up our movement are of all different ages, races, and backgrounds — and these folks are no different.

Lenny is a former naval officer from Emerald Isle, NC. Barb is a teacher married to a farmer in Fallon, MT. James is a law student in Massillon, OH. And Anne is a retired budget analyst from Indianapolis.

John from Boulder, CO, believes developing alternative energy is the answer to an array of policy problems. And Kayla from West Fargo, ND, didn’t feel like she could ever be part of the political process — until now.

They each bring their own unique perspectives and experience, and they are united by their hunger for change.

Here’s more about the Alaskan in the group:

Holly Miowak Stebing of Anchorage, Alaska
Holly, a 20-year-old Alaska Native Inupiaq, is spending her summer break from Stanford University at the First Alaskans Organization interviewing native elders about their experiences with segregation. Holly is passionate about improving healthcare access for Native Americans, and protecting Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling. The 2008 presidential election is Holly’s first as a voter. She says: “This was the first campaign I felt I needed to support. I don’t have a lot of money, but I donate what I can because I believe in [Barack].” She will attend the convention with her mother who is the first Native American woman to pass the Alaska bar.