Rachelle Eades of Superior and her 9-year-old daughter, Shaye Singleton, were among the volunteers keeping the crowd in good spirits. Shaye carried a bright pink bucket filled with candy, and her mother handed out Obama stickers to those waiting in line.
“I’ve never been political. Ever,” Eades said. She became involved with the Obama campaign this year after watching her aunt fall ill.
“She wasn’t able to get care,” Eades said. “She finally did, but it took a while. At the time when they denied her, that’s when I started thinking of Obamacare.”
Eades said volunteering for Obama was a tribute to her aunt.
Shaye, a student at Bryant Elementary School, often volunteers with her mother and was at the middle school at 10:30 a.m. Friday to give away candy to people in line. She started out with a wide assortment of treats, including Kit-Kats and Milk Duds, but the candy was quickly picked over. When the bulk of the crowd began showing up after noon, Shaye said she only had Smarties left.