Obama Campaign in Early Primary States
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updated March 21, 2012)
primary contests were unfolding in the full media spotlight, the Obama
campaign had also built up
organizations in the early states, as well as around the country,
despite the absence of an opponent. Even at this point, the Obama
organizations were often bigger than those of the Republican
campaigns. Democrats and the Obama campaign further noted that
these offices would
keep on working even as the Republican campaigns shut their offices and
moved on to the next contest.
Keeping in mind that
there were also extensive organizations in other key states, below is a
look at the Obama organization in the four early states at the time of
the respective caucus/primary.
Eadon directed Iowa Democrats' 2010 Coordinated
Campaign. Previously he was the Iowa state director for
Organizing for America. In the 2007-08 cycle he was the first
field organizer hired in Iowa for Obama's campaign, and continued on
the campaign through Nov. 2008. In 2006 he was a field
organizer for the Iowa Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in the Cedar
Originally from Elmhurst, Ill. twitter
Director Trent Schacht
Central Iowa regional field director for Organizing
for America. Graduate
of Valley High School in West Des Moines, 2003.
Data Director Franny Sharpe
(Aug. 2011) Field organizer for CWA-Iowa.
director for the House
caucus campaign at the Iowa Democratic Party, 2010. A regional
at Repower America, 2009. Voter file assistant at the Arizona
Democratic Party, 2008. Graduate of Northern Arizona University,
Field Director Kevin Geiken
In 2009 Geiken started as deputy field director of Organizing for America. Graduate in liberal studies from Iowa State University.
Communications Director John Kraus
advisor on Russ Feingold's unsuccessful 2010 re-election
campaign. In the 2004 cycle, Kraus worked as communications
director and spokesman for Feingold's re-election campaign after
serving as Wisconsin state director on John Edwards' presidential
primary campaign, 2003-04. Communications director for Attorney
General Jim Doyle's winning
for governor in 2002. Communications director on Elizabeth
2001 election to State Superintendent of Schools. Wisconsin press
secretary on Vice President
Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign and earlier executive director of
the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Campaign manager for Chief
Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s 1999 re-election to the Wisconsin Supreme
Court. Graduate of University of Wisconsin.
Regional Field Directors: Matt Beltrami, Zack
Davis, Tom Geraci and Emily Flattery
Offices (8 at the time of the
official openings of these offices Sept. 20-28, 2011, but some had been operating earlier:
Des Moines - 621 E 2nd St.
Cedar Rapids - 2857 Mount Vernon Rd S.E. (sharing with Linn County Democrats)
Council Bluffs - 1851 Madison Ave., #550
Davenport - The Midtown Plaza, 1706 Brady St. #205
Dubuque - 3250 Kennedy Circle
Iowa City - 321 E. Market St.
Sioux City - 4106 Morningside Ave.
Waterloo - 512 Mulberry St.
A principal at Hilltop Public
Solutions. Advisor on the Jody Wagner for Lt. Governor campaign
in Virginia, 2009, and on the Terry McAuliffe for Governor campaign in
Virginia, 2009. Field director on the Virginia Democratic
Coordinated Campaign, 2008. New Hampshire deputy field director
on John Edwards for President, 2007-08. Deputy director of the
Missouri Democratic Coordinated Campaign, 2006. Field director on
the Scott Lang for Mayor campaign in New Bedford, MA, 2005.
Political director at IssuesMatter.org, 2004. Political director
on Jim Stork for Congress in FL-22, 2004. New Hampshire political
assistant on the John Edwards for President campaign, 2003-04. twitter
Digital Director Brandi Edwards
(Aug. 2011) New media regional desk at the DNC,
Indiana deputy field director for Organizing for America, July
2009-April 2011. Started on the Obama 2008 campaign as a field
intern in March and in the Fall was a field organizer for the North
Carolina Campaign for Change. B.S. degrees from Indiana State
Data Director Amanda Peel
(reported Oct. 28, 2011 by James Pindell) A regional
field director on
Virginia Victory '09/Creigh Deeds for Governor.
Field Director Sara Bean Duncan
(reported Oct. 28, 2011 by James Pindell) 5th CD
for the Democratic Party of Oregon in Fall 2010 after serving as field
director on Bradbury for Governor for March-May 2010 and as deputy
campaign manager on DeFazio for Congress, July 2009-Jan. 2010.
Worked as a legislative assistant in the Oregon Legislature, Jan.-June
2009. B.S. in political science from University of Oregon, 2009.
Regional Field Directors
B.F.A. in lighting design from DePaul University,
RFD since Sept. 2011; started as a summer organizer in
New York City in
Oct. 2010. Radio affiliate coordinator/podcaster for Fox News
Radio, 2008-10 and graphics PA for Fox Business network, 2008-09.
B.A. from Wheaton College, 2005.
Consultant at Field Strategies starting in 2010.
B.A. in politics
from Oberlin College, 2010.
Started as an intern in Oct. 2011; in Fall 2008 Rottenberg worked as a field organizer on Obama for America in the Cincinnati area. B.A. in political science, American politics from University of Pennsylvania, 2011.
Offices (7 at the time of the primary):
Manchester - 228 Maple St.
Concord - 105
N. State St.
Dover - 660
Keene - 294
Lebanon - 85
Nashua - 97
125 Brewery Lane
Note: James Pindell on Oct. 28
reported a total staff of 15.
Concord - Colin Oldenburg | Dover - Ben
Croner | Exeter - Bay Scoggin | Epsom - Miriam
L. Cahill-Yeaton | Franconia - Nanette Avril |
Grafton - Judy Wallick | Hampton - Chris Muns |
Hanover - Deb Nelson | Keene - Megan Caska |
Manchester - Kaie Malloy | Nashua - Sonia Prince and Deidre
Reynolds | Nelson - Sandy Mackenzie | North
Caroll - Erik Corbett | Portsmouth - Larry Drake
| Plymouth - Rob Avruch | Salem - Katie O'Neil
RFD - Kayla Calkin
Master’s in public policy with a concentration in women’s studies from The George Washington University, May 2011. New Hampshire staffer for the Clinton campaign in 2008. Bachelor's degree in political science from Wellesley College, 2007.
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Las Vegas - 2475 S. Jones Blvd, Suite 7, Las Vegas, NV 89151
Reno - 1465 Terminal Way, Suite 1, Reno, NV 89502
Henderson - 2925 Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89014 ...open Nov. 10, 2011
State Director Luke Hayes
(June 2011 through the caucuses) Texas state director for Organizing for America, 2009-10. Field organizer on Obama's 2007-08 Nevada caucus campaign; in Fall 2008 Hayes served as deputy field director on the Virginia Campaign for Change. Worked on Will Wynn’s 2006 campaign for Mayor of Austin, TX. Graduate of Vassar College. Originally from the Bronx. twitter
Field Director Emmy Ruiz
Deputy Field Director Steve Sisneros
Regional Field Director Anatole Jenkins
Data Director Chris Coger
(Sept. 2011) Previously at Catalist from Jan.
2008 starting as an
intern, then as customer service representative, account executive,
senior account executive, and most recently senior product
manager. B.A. in political science from American
Digital Director Jason Karsh
(Oct. 2011) Regional field organizer on Obama
2008. Creative director at Spacedog Interactive Agency, five
months in 2007. Creative director at McElroy, 2002-05. Sole
propreitorship, 2000-02, as well as copywriter. twitter
Political Director Mariela Hernandez
Worked for Sen. Harry Reid from May 2005-end of Sept.
as a staff assistant,
then serving as a regional representative and as manager of strategic
(May 2011) Georgia state director of Organizing for America, March 2009-April 2011. In Fall 2008 served as field director on the Georgia Campaign for Change after serving on the primary campaign in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Loan officer, Feb. 2003-Feb. 2008. B.S. in communications from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., 2003.
Field Director Patrick Meredith
(Dec. 2011) Field director on U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson's re-election campaign in 2010. Worked on Kasim Reed's campaign for Atlanta Mayor in 2009. Started working for the Democratic Party of Georgia in early 2008 and eventually became the party's canvass director.
Press Secretary Shira Kramer
(Oct. 2011) Previously press assistant then
deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, March
2009-Oct. 2011. Press assistant at Obama for America, Fall
2008. Master's degree in business management from the University
of Florida Warrington College of Business, 2008; bachelor's degree in
journalism from the University of Florida, 2007.
Senior Advisor Rick Wade
Served as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor at
Department of Commerce. Served on Obama's 2008 campaign,
announced as a senior advisor
on May 24,
2007, and was national African American vote director in the general
Vice president of business development for Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Democratic nominee for
Secretary of State in 2002, obtaining about 44 percent of the
Senior associate at Fowler Communications. State director of the
S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Services (announced by Gov.
in Jan. 1999, served through May 2002). Other experience includes
senior manager at Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company in New
analyst for the S.C. House Ways & Means Committee, executive
to the president of University of South Carolina and chief of staff for
former Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore. MPA from the Kennedy School of
1997. B.S. from the University of South Carolina. Native of
Regional Field Directors
Offices (2 at the time of the primary):
Columbia - 1529 Hampton St.
- 5060 Dorchester Rd.
Field Director - Byron Wellman had been serving as South Carolina field director on Organizing for America since May 2009. A regional field director on the Florida Campaign for Change in Fall 2008. A South Carolina field director Chris Dodd's presidential campaign, June-Dec. 2007. B.A. in public relations from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2007; served as president of Young Democrats of South Carolina. Originally from West Virginia.
RFD - Robert Flood