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Michelle Obama Throws Her Weight Into Local Elections

Despite endless media speculation, former First Lady Michelle Obama insists she’s not interested in running for the White House. Michelle Obama is however, jumping into local elections.

The Hill reported that Michelle Obama issued a recruiting call for volunteers across the country on Friday, urging Americans to organize behind local and municipal election candidates and stressing in an email that there is no such thing as an “off year” in U.S. politics.

In an email on behalf of her nonpartisan voter initiative When We All Vote, Obama urged activists to remember the high levels of voter turnout in the 2018 midterms.

“Remember how inspired we felt four months ago? How more Americans than ever before participated in a midterm election? How young people turned out to vote in record numbers, and how so many Americans cast their ballot for the first time in their lives?” Obama asked.

“It’s time to do it again in 2019. There are no ‘off’ years when it comes to being a voter,” the former first lady continued. “I’ve always said that voting isn’t just about presidential elections — it’s about every election at every level.”

From Washington Examiner

Former first lady Michelle Obama has finally said what everybody knows — politics, elections and fund raising never end.

“There are no ‘off’ years,” she said in a fund raising email announcing her involvement in local elections even as she mulls pressure to jump into the 2020 presidential race.

“Voting isn’t just about presidential elections — it’s about every election at every level,” she wrote.

The fundraiser was sent for her husband’s Organizing for Action and When We All Vote which promotes voter registration and is sponsored by stars including Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw.

Obama said that the group is now involved in over 30 local elections.

“When We All Vote are involved in more than 30 municipal elections — including citywide races in Jacksonville, Dallas, Denver, and my hometown of Chicago. States like Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi are electing governors. And so many other communities will head to the polls for races and ballot initiatives that will affect our schools, our neighborhoods, and so much more,” she said in the fundraising memo, shown below:

Remember how inspired we felt four months ago? How more Americans than ever before participated in a midterm election? How young people turned out to vote in record numbers, and how so many Americans cast their ballot for the first time in their lives?

That happened because of people like you: Leaders who stepped up to make a difference.

You volunteered. You led voter registration drives. You had important conversations with your friends and family. You made this movement and our country better.

It’s time to do it again in 2019.

There are no “off” years when it comes to being a voter. I’ve always said that voting isn’t just about presidential elections — it’s about every election at every level.

Right now volunteers with When We All Vote are involved in more than 30 municipal elections — including citywide races in Jacksonville, Dallas, Denver, and my hometown of Chicago. States like Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi are electing governors. And so many other communities will head to the polls for races and ballot initiatives that will affect our schools, our neighborhoods, and so much more.

And of course, 2020 is right around the corner. We need to be having conversations with people about the importance of voting right now, making sure that everyone is registered and ready to vote when the time comes.

Our team at When We All Vote has some big plans for how we’ll do just that.

But we need your support to make these plans come to life. So I’m asking you, today, to join our team and help us keep up the momentum.

Join the team.

Thank you,

Michelle Obama

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