'I have just played a part in history'

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August 29, 2008|By Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, 55, and her husband, Michael, coordinate the Volunteers for Obama office in Anne Arundel County. She is an Annapolis resident and mother of two who runs a home-based event-planning business.

Despite studying political science at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, Miller was not particularly involved in politics until this year. She was invited to a fundraiser last fall and soon found herself immersed in the Obama campaign, working phone banks and traveling to Ohio and Pennsylvania to knock on doors.

This is her first convention, and she agreed to blog this week for The Baltimore Sun about her experiences. Here's an excerpt from her online diary:

On Monday and Tuesday evening at the Pepsi Center, the seating section for the Maryland Delegation had been a beehive of activity, with visiting family members, Obama volunteers, current and former elected officials, and friends of all-of-the-above sprinkled in liberally with those of us who are actually voting delegates. Not so today, Wednesday Aug. 27, the day on which we delegates actually "earn our pay." Today we choose a nominee. ...

At precisely 12:32 p.m., I submit my vote for Obama. I know in my heart that I have just played a part in history, and that the man I am nominating will transform the Democratic Party and our beloved United States of America in wonderful ways. The emotional and historical significance of this moment is unlike anything I have ever felt in my life.

Next week, a Maryland delegate to the Republican convention will blog for The Baltimore Sun.

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