Volunteer campaigners hit the streets for election day

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  You've seen the campaign signs all over town, and the political ads on t.v., but what you may not know is how many people are helping the candidates, behind the scenes.

News Leader Nine caught up with a few volunteers on this Election Day. They may not have their names on the ballot, but they're working just as hard as many of the candidates. They are the campaign volunteers you see on the side of the road, and Tuesday is a big day for them too.

"There's a certain amount of excitement that goes along with this. The first time I got on the street I didn't think I was going to like this, but the more horns that blow and the people that wave at you, you just get so excited," said Mary Stockwell, a volunteer for the Mike Keown campaign.

Many of the campaign volunteers you see during your morning and afternoon drive are standing there, supporting their candidate, not for pay but because they want to.

Walter Gates, who was holding a sign for City Council candidate Travis Chambers, told News Leader Nine, "We've always been involved in the political scene as a family so there's no better thing to do than to do this. I look forward to working with him and seeing him in office."

Their main goal is to support those running for office.

"A lot of people have been honking and it's been a lot of fun. This is the great part of the campaign, getting people to honk at you and wave at you and getting everyone excited. We're really having a good time," explained Pat Etemadi, a volunteer for Teresa Tomlinson.

And Gates says they understand all their hard work could make a real difference in this election, "This is a real campaign and we are real people out here motivating other folks to come and take part in their right to vote and hopefully it will inspire someone to vote."

Stockwell added, "This is the first time I've gotten politically active in my entire life because I see a country going down the tube and even though I may not have to suffer much, my grandchildren will."

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