HAVERHILL — Douglas Edison had worked on presidential campaigns before, including George McGovern's in 1972 and Walter Mondale's in 1984.
He took a break from it all until last summer, when he got onboard the Obama bandwagon. Edison, 55, a retired financial planner, joined the 60-plus member Haverhill for Obama campaign and did his best to see that a Democrat made it to the White House. Edison's wife, Pamela Price, 50, a marketing manager for a lighting manufacturer, was rooting for Hillary Clinton, until the former first lady dropped out of the race. Then Price joined her husband in his effort to see Obama win the presidency.
Now that the election is over and Barack Obama won, the couple will head south to attend his inauguration.
"We started on this quest so why not see it through?" Edison said yesterday.
Edison won a pair of tickets to the inauguration through a lottery held by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas of Lowell, who also represents Haverhill. The tickets will allow him and his wife to sit in a reserved area close to the stage.
"We're fortunate that Pam has a sister in Maryland, which is a hop, skip and a jump to get on the metro," Edison said. "When we get to D.C., we expect hours of waiting in line."
Edison and Price are among dozens of people from across the Merrimack Valley who are gearing up to witness presidential history.
When the president-elect puts his hand on the Bible at Tuesday's ceremony and becomes the nation's 44th president, he'll have plenty of local company, including a poet, parents and a birthday girl.
"It's an unbelievable thing. It's just awesome," said Linda Harvey, a Methuen mom who is heading to Washington, D.C., with her two daughters — Maxine, 12, and Talia, 9. Originally Hillary Clinton supporters, the Harvey family turned to Obama and the girls even made phone calls on his behalf.