Moises Garcia isn’t one to sit still when it comes to politics. Not only is he going to the Democratic convention, he proudly talks of knocking on doors and getting signatures.
There’s just one small issue with that: He lives in DuPage County, which hasn’t been all that blue in Illinois.
"When you’re walking in DuPage County, you have to expect that you’re going to get frustrated from time to time," he said. "I mean, I’ve had some doors slammed in my face, you know, and some civil debates, we’ll say."
That said, the 28-year-old Garcia said he’s seen events for young DuPage Democrats grow in the few years he’s been involved.
"You’ll be surprised at how many doors you knock on and people are, ‘Oh, man. There’s Democrats here?’ ‘Yeah, there’s a lot of us. You’re not the only one,"' he said.
Garcia works as a coordinator at a water softener assembly plant in the northwest suburbs.
There are some Wu Tang Clan cds sitting in his car, but his radio was tuned to WBEZ. He said his parents inspired him to spend so much time on politics.
Garcia’s dad immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in the early 70s and Garcia worries about the kids of other immigrants who would qualify for paths to citizenship if Congress ever passes the DREAM Act.
"A lot of the DREAMers out here had no choice on when they came and I’m afraid in the current political climate, especially if you see Romney and Ryan win this election, that they will not be awarded the same opportunities that my father had," he said.
Garcia said a lot of his dinner table conversations growing up revolved around unions. His dad was a member of the United Steelworkers. And when he sees labor losing ground in Illinois and other states, like Wisconsin, it motivates him to get involved.
"My dad always told me, ‘It’s easy to complain about something. But if you’re going to complain, you better get out there and do something about it.’ So that’s what I decided to do," he said.
Garcia said he’s happy to cheer Barack Obama on at the convention, but to him all politics is local. He’s already working on DuPage County races, even down to the contests for Forest Preserve commissioners.