Anton Gunn makes Time magazine

It’s not often that a State House candidate can get a full feature in Time, but if you’re HD-79 Democratic nominee Anton Gunn, you get to become the exception to the rule. Gunn, beyond playing football for USC and being a community organizer, put together Sen. Barack Obama’s big primary win here.

At a time when half the Democratic world seemed to be trying to get onto Obama’s not-yet-official campaign, Gunn found that his calls to the Senator’s offices went unreturned. Finally, he placed one more call to Chicago and laid it on the line. “I may not know a whole lot about politics, but I know a lot about South Carolina,” he remembers saying in his message. “If you want to run for President and South Carolina’s going to be an early-primary state, you need to have me involved.”

The next day, a voice-mail message from Obama himself was waiting on his phone. The two met in Washington a few weeks later, and Gunn became his state’s political director. Using his organizing skills and contacts, Gunn set about building a grass-roots movement that empowered volunteers. When they learned that many black voters didn’t realize Obama was African American, the campaign developed a seven-minute dvd about Obama’s life that supporters could play in their living rooms for friends and neighbors. “We told them it belonged to them,” Gunn says, “that Barack’s success would depend on how much ownership they took.”

‘You Need Me Involved’ [Time.com]


2 Responses to “Anton Gunn makes Time magazine”

  1. 1 JGunn
    August 23, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for posting this. This was an awesome article and I’m glad that the reporter recognized who he was talking to and needed not go any further looking for anyone else. American leadership needs more individuals like Obama and Gunn. I’m not just saying that because my name is Gunn, or that Anton is my older brother, but because I can stand outside of personal and professional responsibilities and look at what he’s done for himself, his family, and the state of South Carolina and be astonished. I love him dearly and I hope, or I know he’ll continue to do well.

  2. January 12, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I am so thrilled to see this attention showered on you. I am one of the ‘ole white ladies’ for Obama and serve Sptbg Co Dem office with pride. Hope to meet you one day.
    Eliz (Betty) Morehead Koester

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