On January 2, 2003, Sen. Edwards announced formation of a presidential
exploratory committee. Edwards for President, Inc. is headquartered
in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nick Baldick, a former top Gore operative,
is the campaign manager.
Edwards for President, Inc. Iowa
|Edwards for President,
Campaign Headquarters: 1109 Grand Ave, Des Moines (moved in
May 31-June 1, 2003)
Note: The campaign had its initial
Iowa headquarters in the Griffin Building (319 7th Street, 4th Floor, Des
Moines) for three months starting on March 1, 2003.
(announced Jan. 29, 2003, started
Feb. 14, 2003) Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Chet Culver, Berntsen
previously served as Director of the Business Services Division in Culver's
office. He gained his law degree with distinction at University of
Iowa College of Law in 1998. Prior to that, he worked in Washington,
DC for three years, after graduating from Georgetown University (1992).
He is a native of Marion, Iowa.
(announced Jan. 29, 2003) Chief
of Staff to Rep. Leonard Boswell for two years prior to joining the campaign.
Pickrell has held a range of jobs in Iowa politics since graduating from
Iowa State University in 1994. His experience includes field staff/office
manager for Nagle for Congress in Waterloo, Jan.-May 1995; deputy director
of operations for the Iowa Democratic Party, 1995-96; finance director/deputy
campaign manager for Boswell's re-election campaign, 1997-98; finance director
for Vilsack/Pederson Inaugural Committee, 1999, and a stint at Kieloch
Consulting in Washington, DC, before taking the position with Boswell.
(announced March 25, 2003) In
2002 O'Malley served as field director for the South Dakota Democratic
Coordinated Campaign, then as field director for Sen. Mary Landrieu's runoff
campaign. In 2001 she was campaign manager for St. Louis Mayor Francis
Slay. During the 2000 general election, she was regional field director
for the Missouri coordinated campaign in the St. Louis Metro area.
She was volunteer coordinator for Gore in the 2000 NH primary, then worked
as a field organizer in New York and Pennsylvania. O'Malley is a
1998 graduate of Tufts University and hails from Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts.
(announced at Central Region
Field Director on May 1, 2003) Deputy field director for the South
Dakota Democratic Coordinated Campaign during Sen. Tim Johnson's 2002 re-election
campaign, then deputy field director for the Louisiana Democratic Coordinated
Campaign during Sen. Mary Landrieu's 2002 run-off campaign.
|Deputy Field Director
Regional Field Directors
(announced May 1, 2003*)
* Except Bill Hyers, who
came on a bit later; he took over the counties covered by Joanne Solazzo,
who became deputy field director
Buena Vista, Carroll, Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Monona, Harrison, Mills, Fremont,
Osceola, O'Brien, Cherokee, Ida, Crawford, Shelby, Cass, Montgomery, Page,
Adams, Taylor, Ringgold, Union, Adair, Audubon, Guthrie, Sac, Clay, and
Dickinson counties. (30 counties--all of the 5th CD except Clarke and Decatur
Previously a field organizer
for the Iowa Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign. Degree in political
theory from Catholic University of America.
Scott, Clinton, Wapello,
Lee, Des Moines, Muscatine, Louisa, Washington, Keokuk, Mahaska, Monroe,
Jefferson, Henry, Appanoose, Davis and Van Buren counties.
A regional field director
for the South Dakota Democratic Party during Sen. Tim Johnson's 2002 re-election
campaign. Worked for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Inc., in
Washington, DC. B.A. in history from Haverford College.
Black Hawk, Webster, Cerro
Gordo, Kossuth, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Winnebago, Hancock,
Wright, Hamilton, Worth, Franklin, Hardin, Mitchell, Floyd, Butler, Grundy,
Howard, Chickasaw, and Bremer counties.
Worked for the Louisiana
Democratic Party during Sen. Mary Landrieu's 2002 run-off campaign.
Managed a field office for the South Dakota Democratic Party during Sen.
Tim Johnson's 2002 re-election campaign. B.A. in international relations
from University of Delaware.
Polk, Story, Warren, Jasper,
Marshall, Green, Boone, Dallas, Madison, Marion, Clarke, Lucas, Decatur,
and Wayne counties.
A Minnesota native, Hyers
served as state field director for the Judi Dutcher for Governor primary
campaign and then as regional director for the Minnesota State House DFL
Caucus in the 2002 cycle. He has also worked on a number of local campaigns
in Duluth and Minneapolis since 2001. Hyers has a BA in political
science from St. Cloud State University in MN.
Linn, Dubuque, Johnson,
Winneshiek, Allamakee, Fayette, Clayton, Buchanan, Delaware, Tama, Benton,
Jones, Jackson, Poweshiek, Iowa, and Cedar counties.
A regional field director
for the Louisiana Democratic Party during Sen. Mary Landrieu's 2002 run-off
campaign. A regional field director for the South Dakota Democratic
Party during Sen. Tim Johnson's 2002 re-election campaign. Has also
served as a research assistant and staff assistant in Johnson's Senate
F I E L D O F
F I C E S
On August 4, 2003 the campaign announced locations
of 13 field offices in addition to the Des Moines office:
W E S T E R N
Sioux City -- 514 Nebraska Street
Western Regional Field
Director: Kara Cody
Council Bluffs -- 711 South Main
Carroll -- 107 East 6th Street,
N O R TH C E
N T R A L
Waterloo -- 626 Sycamore Street
North Central Regional
Field Director: Jackie Lee
Fort Dodge --1031 Central Avenue
Mason City -- 9 2nd Avenue, NW
C E N T R A L
Central Regional Field
Director: Bill Hyers
Bo Berntsen (Polk)
Jesse Harris (Warren)
Ames -- 120 Kellogg Avenue
Jessie Bradley (Greene,
E A S T E R N
Cedar Rapids -- 1056 5th Avenue,
Eastern Regional Field
Director: Mitch Stewart
Iowa City -- 257 Old Capitol Town
Dubuque -- 1592 Central Avenue
S O U T H E A S T E R N
Davenport -- 314 Main Street
Field Director: Oliver Gottfried
Burlington -- 419 Jefferson Street
Ottumwa --529 W. Main Street
(announced June 5, 2003)
Research director for Sen. Tom Harkin's 2002 re-election campaign.
Senior research associate at the DNC during the 2000 presidential election.
Researcher on Edwards' 1998 Senate campaign.
(started mid-March 2003)
Prior to starting as Edwards' Iowa press secretary, Rubey was press secretary
for the DCCC. In 2000, she served as Midwest communications director
for the Gore campaign. A native of Oklahoma, Rubey graduated from
Georgetown University with a degree in American Government.
(announced July 1, 2003)
Most recently Dillon served as political director for Congressman Leonard
Boswell (IA-3). In the 2002 cycle, he served as communications director
for the Boswell campaign after working as deputy political director at
Edwards' New American Optimists PAC. Dillon also worked on Mark Warner's
successful gubernatorial race in Virginia in 2001.
|Deputy Press Secretary
An Iowa native, Valin worked
as a field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party's coordinated campaign
(announced Jan. 29, 2003) Partner
in The Strategy Group's Chicago office; he joined the firm in Fall 1989.
Giangreco got his start in politics as an 18-year old when he left university
to work on Gary Hart's 1984 presidential campaign; he worked on the field
staff in six states. [Giangreco did go on to finish his bachelor's degree
at the University of Michigan in 1987]. This will be the sixth presidential
campaign he has worked on. More recently he served as direct mail
consultant to Mark Warner's 2001 gubernatorial campaign.
|Senior Advisor to the Iowa
(announced May 6, 2003) A letter
carrier for 15 years, Vonk served as president of NALC Local 352 for six
years. He is 3rd CD Rep. for the Iowa Association of Letter Carriers
and is an executive board member for the Iowa South Central Federation
of Labor. He was in the Air Force for 20 years and served in Vietnam.
(announced Nov. 21, 2003)
Previously worked in a similar capacity for the Graham campaign.
Active farmer from Hamilton County; state board member of Iowa Farmers
Union. Democratic nominee for State Senate against GOP Majority Leader
Stuart Iverson in 2002.
|Midwest Rural Policy Advisor
(announced Jan. 29, 2003) Tully
served as chair of the Iowa Democratic Party from 1999-2001 and was the
Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd District in 1998. He
practices law at the Des Moines firm Galligan, Tully, Doyle & Reid,
P.C. He obtained his J.D. from Drake University in 1981.
(announced Jan. 29, 2003) Among
her many accomplishments, Conlin was the Democratic nominee for governor
in 1982, and she served as first woman president of the Association of
Trial Lawyers of America (1992-93). In 1995 she was elected to Inner
Circle of Advocates, whose membership is limited to 100. Conlin has
practiced law at her own firm in Des Moines, Roxanne Conlin & Associates,
P.C., since 1991; "she exclusively represents people who have been harmed
by others, whether by discrimination, products, doctors or vehicles."
From 1983-1990 she was a principal at Galligan and Conlin, P.C. She
ran for governor in 1982. Conlin served as United States Attorney
for the Southern District of Iowa from 1977-81. She obtained her J.D. from
Drake University Law School in 1966 at age 21.
And, by the time of the caucuses
the campaign had local coordinators in all 99 counties: County
-On January 19, 2004 the
campaign announced the endorsement of the Iowa Bystander, the statewide
African American newspaper.
-On January 16, 2004 State
Rep. Wayne Ford (District 65-Des Moines) announced his endorsement of Sen.
-On January 15, 2004 Des
Moines City Council Member Chris Coleman announced his endorsement of Sen.
Edwards. Coleman was elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002; he serves
as Mayor Pro-tem of Des Moines. He is also president of the Iowa
Better Business Bureau. He previously was vice president of the United
Way of Central Iowa.
-On January 12, 2004 the
campaign announced the endorsement of State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald.
-On January 12, 2004 the
campaign announced the endorsement of former Ames High School and Iowa
State University basketball star Fred Hoiberg ("The Mayor"). Hoiberg
is a forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
-On January 12, 2004 the
campaign announced the endorsement of Linn County Democratic Party Chair
-On January 11, 2004 the
Des Moines Register endorsed Sen. Edwards.
-On January 8, 2004 the campaign
announced the endorsements of Polk County Democratic activists Ed Skinner
and Bill Wimmer, State Representative Geri Huser, Altoona School Board
member Brad Skinner, Clay County Supervisor Sylvia Schoer, Osceola County
Democratic Party chair Mike Earlle, and former Clay County Democratic Party
chair Steve Bomgaars.
-On December 16, 2003 the
campaign announced the endorsements of Patrick Harney, Chair of the Johnson
County Board of Supervisors, and Tom Kriz, Johnson County Treasurer.
-On December 12, 2003 the
campaign announced the endorsement of Scott County Attorney Bill Davis.
-On December 10, 2003 the
campaign announced that over 700 new supporters have endorsed Sen. Edwards
following his 25-county “Working for All of Us” tour. Included are
Iowa State Representative Dennis Cohoon; Scott County Attorney Bill Davis;
Wayne County Supervisor Jerry Odell; Black Hawk County Democratic Party
Treasurer Dave Odekirk; West Liberty City Councilman Chad Thomas; Marshalltown
Teachers' Association President & Hart ’88 State Co-Chair Marylyn Dysart;
Former Mayor of Columbus Junction Earlene Lekwa; Former Mayor of Oakville
Benita Grooms; Story County Central Committee Member & Iowa State University
professor Tom Beell; Story County Central Committee Member & Iowa State
University professor Sande McNabb; Former Wayne County Democratic Party
Chair Bill Gode; Former President of Graceland College Frank Hough; Chickasaw
County Attorney Pat Wegman; Hamilton County Democratic Party Chair Janet
Adams; and former Allamakee County Democratic Party Chair Brian Houlihan.
-On December 8, 2003 the
campaign announced the endorsement of Rep. Dennis Cohoon (District 88,
-On November 21, 2003 the
campaign announced that over 170 rural activists have endorsed Edwards
and formed "Rural Iowans for Edwards." Co-chairs are Sen. Keith Krieman,
Rep. Kurt Swaim, Buchanan County farmer Richard Machacek and Carroll County
farmer Mary Anne Reinhart.
-On November 3, 2003 the
campaign announced the endorsement of Sen. Keith Kreiman (District 47,
-On September 24, 2003 the
campaign announced the endorsement of Rep. Kurt Swaim (District 94, Bloomfield).
-On September 24, 2003 the
campaign announced the endorsement of Mike Hanna of Oskaloosa, former Mahaska
County chair (1992-98) and a member of UFCW Local #230.
As of August 22 2003, some
210 Iowans had endorsed Sen. Edwards (over 30 announced on April 4, over
70 announced on May 29, and about 100 on August 22). The list includes
former Iowa governor Robert Fulton, State Representative Ro Foege (District
29, Mt. Vernon), Polk County Sheriff Dennis Anderson, Bremer County Democratic
Party Chair Peg Dunbar, Cherokee County Democratic chair Janet Melton,
Humboldt County Democratic Party Chair Susan Marvin, and Wapello County
Supervisor Mike Petersen.
Iowa Supporters (August 22, 2003)
Iowa Supporters (May 29, 2003)
Edwards' Earliest Announced Iowa Supporters (April 4, 2003)