San Diegans on frontlines in Iowa caucus battle

Posted at 6:24 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 21:45:25-05

Some San Diegans made their way to Iowa to take part in the political frenzy that comes with the start of the presidential election season.

"I'm tired and excited," said La Mesa resident James Glicker.

With his smartphone camera, Glicker gave 10News a glimpse at his door-to-door journey in a farming area north of Iowa City.

"I'm in the middle of a cornfield with a winter coat I put away when I first moved to San Diego," said Glicker.

Glicker, who backs Bernie Sanders, is trying to make sure all Sanders supporters will caucus.

"Today, we are putting hangers on the door. When they see that, they know where to go," Glicker told 10News.

Since Friday, Glicker and Chris Barroso of Encinitas have been volunteering after paying their own way to get to Iowa.

"We love Bernie. This is people exercising democracy for the good of the country, and that is exciting," said Barroso.

Zack Brown has a similar motivation. After graduating from San Diego State University with a political science degree in December, he decided to jump into the caucus frenzy in Des Moines.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime event. We're never going to have a slate of candidates like this," Brown said.

Eventually, he decided to volunteer for Marco Rubio, making calls and working on the candidate's social media team.

"Hands-on learning in the field is the best way to learn the system. It's really great to see a group of people take their responsibilities so seriously. Iowans know how important their vote is, so even if we are calling around dinnertime, they will still engage you," said Brown.