The East Valley will figure prominently in Mitt Romney’s next national push to round up volunteers and donations for his presidential campaign.
Romney’s campaign is staging a twopart event called “Sign Up America” next week.
The first component features 500 house parties nationwide where Romney supporters will watch the second Republican presidential debate Tuesday evening. Twenty-five house parties have been lined up in the East Valley and throughout Arizona, said campaign spokeswoman Gail Gitcho.
“The concept is to get these supporters to open their homes up to their friends, family, neighbors and associates to come in and watch the debate and, in the process, sign them up to either be a contributor or a volunteer,” she said.
The second component of “Sign Up America” features 50 call centers where volunteers will telephone friends and associates to solicit donations for the campaign on Wednesday. Four call centers have been lined up in the East Valley, with three others elsewhere in the state, said Jason Rose, Romney’s Arizona campaign manager.
The East Valley call center locations are:
• The law offices of Beus Gilbert, 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 6000, in Scottsdale.
• The law offices of Jackson White, 40 N. Center St., Suite 200, in Mesa.
• The real estate investment offices of John Perkinson, 1733 N. Greenfield Road, Suite 103, in Mesa.
• 3791 E. Parkview Drive, in Gilbert.
The other Arizona call centers will be in Surprise, Litchfield Park and Tucson.
The call centers will be operational for 12 hours and manned by volunteers in three four-hour shifts.
The national goal is to enlist 24,000 new volunteers and contributors during the 24-hour period, Gitcho said.
The concept is a spin-off from a Boston-based national call day that raised $6 million for the Romney campaign during the first quarter of the year.
Arizonans already have been generous toward Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.
During the first quarter of the year, Arizonans contributed nearly $660,000 to his presidential campaign. Nationally, he collected $21 million.
By comparison, Arizona residents donated $1.3 million to rival Republican presidential candidate John McCain during the same period. Nationally, the Arizona senator raised $13.7 million during the first quarter.
More information about Romney’s “Sign Up America” functions are available at www.mittromney.com and (800) 946-6488.