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Colleen Potocki to lead new Southwest Ohio field canvass for Ohio Citizen Action

Colleen Potocki, Southwest Ohio Field Canvass Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

Colleen Potocki, Southwest Ohio Field Canvass Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

CLEVELAND – Sandy Buchanan, Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Action, said today, “I am delighted to announce that we have hired Colleen Potocki to lead our new Southwest Ohio field canvass, starting today. Colleen is bright and energetic and a superb canvasser from the Rape Assistance and Awareness Project in Colorado.  She’ll be building a professional staff of door-to-door organizers that will allow us to build on Cincinnati’s growing environmental momentum.”

Potocki, 23, was born and raised in Chicago, the second oldest of seven children. A biochemistry major at the University of Denver, she started canvassing for the Rape Assistance and Awareness Project in Denver in October 2011. She also campaigned in East Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, on renewable energy issues, and in Dallas, Texas, on an electronics waste recycling campaign aimed at WalMart. Of the WalMart campaign, Potocki said, “That was the pull that forced me out of my shell.”

She said she is “extremely excited” to be working at Ohio Citizen Action. “This organization has done such great work.”

Buchanan said, “Most Ohio Citizen Action members first became involved because some nice young person came to their door with a clipboard and an opportunity to make a difference. They understand how bringing ‘door-to-door democracy’ to neighborhoods is how our campaigns get results. In one year, a full-time canvasser speaks to 12,500 people, adds 6,250 members and collects 500 handwritten letters to decision makers about our issues.”

There will be a grand opening celebration for the canvass at Park + Vine in Cincinnati on April 21 from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Please RSVP online, or call or email Melissa English, Development Director, Ohio Citizen Action, (513) 221-2100, if you want to attend.

— Paul Ryder, Assistant Director, Ohio Citizen Action