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Monday, January 21, 2013

Milford woman will carry New Hampshire banner in inaugural parade

MILFORD – Amber Barbagallo was only a young teenager when Barack Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, but she watched the proceedings on TV and it helped solidify her commitment to political action and to the Democratic Party.

So Barbagallo, a 2008 graduate of Milford High School, is excited that the Presidential Inaugural Committee has chosen her to carry the New Hampshire banner in Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington on Monday. ...

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MILFORD – Amber Barbagallo was only a young teenager when Barack Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, but she watched the proceedings on TV and it helped solidify her commitment to political action and to the Democratic Party.

So Barbagallo, a 2008 graduate of Milford High School, is excited that the Presidential Inaugural Committee has chosen her to carry the New Hampshire banner in Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington on Monday.

“I really identified with what they were saying, and that convention had an impact on me,” she said in an email last week. “It is very exciting knowing I will be part of such an historic event.”

Barbagallo graduated from Plymouth State University in May and was hired to be the New Hampshire State Senate Caucus PAC finance director.

It’s not surprising she was picked for the job. She has been working in politics one way or another for years.

Growing up in New Hampshire, she said, it was “really easy to find politics all around.”

She took Dave Alcox’s constitutional law class in high school, competing on his championship “We the People” team.

“I decided that I would get more involved with politics after that class. I started working on political campaigns in high school and volunteered for President Obama’s 2008 campaign while in college,” she said.

At Plymouth State, she was president of the PSU Democrats for two years and hosted U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. John Lynch and local state representatives to talk to students about the importance of voting and being involved in the political process, “something that I am very passionate about,” she said.

Then during the 2010 elections, she volunteered for Annie Kuster, now the 2nd District congresswoman.

“I was always very interested with social justice and history, so politics was my link between the two,” she said.

“Issues like woman’s rights and social justice are very important to me.”

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 ext. 304 or kcleveland@nashuatelegraph.com.