Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc.
Elected a director of Crowe
Group LLP, the holding company of top 10 U.S. public accounting and consulting
firm Crowe Chizek and Company LLC, in July 2004. Executive director
of the Indiana Democratic Party, 1996-98. Ran for Congress in Indiana's
7th CD in 1994. Mayor of Greencastle (in West Central Indiana; home
of DePauw University), 1988-95. Graduate of West Point.
2004 graduate of Indiana University,
took off a semester from law school at IUPUI to work on the campaign for
the last four months.
At the request of
Sen. Evan Bayh, Mike Harmless agreed to head up Kerry's efforts in the
state. The first noteworthy event was a fundraiser with Sen. Kerry
at the home of Mel Simon, co-owner of the Pacers basketball team, in Carmel
(just North of Indianapolis) in Spring 2003 (end of April or early May),
that raised about $65,000. Harmless faced the challenge of getting
Kerry qualified for the May 2004 primary ballot; this required signatures
of 500 registered voters from each of Indiana's nine congressional districts,
or at least 4,500 signatures. Harmless described this as "the hardest
thing" he has done in politics. As it turned out by May 4, the race
for the nomination had been settled, and Kerry obtained over 70 percent
of the vote in the primary. Harmless worked to ensure a diverse delegation
went to the convention in Boston. Volunteer Kyle Cox, a '97 graduate
of Indiana University, helped out for several months before going to work
on the campaign in Florida. Following Cox, Erin Rosenberg,
a 2004 graduate of Indiana University, took off a semester from law school
at IUPUI to work on the campaign for the last four months. Harmless
said that at one point polls provided some optimism, but then the bottom
started to fall out. Nonetheless there was plenty of work to do such
as voter registration, and reaching out to various constituencies including
African-Americans, Latinos and labor unionists. There were 100 to
150 committed volunteers who needed meaningful work. In September
volunteers started doing phone banking, calling into battleground states
such as Ohio and Florida. About 40 people were also making trips
to Ohio. (Dayton is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Indianapolis and
Columbus about 3 1/2 hours).
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Attorney/lobbyist at Krieg DeVault,
LLP. Served as a paid advisor on the campaign staff of Indiana Gov.
Frank O'Bannon. Manager of Government Affairs at PSI Energy (now
Cinergy). Counsel to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, 1989. B.S. from Indiana
||Kipper (Kip) Tew
State director to Sen. Evan
Bayh for three years. Coordinated Mayor Bart Peterson's ground campaign
and the elections of Indianapolis City-County Councilors, 1999. Political
director to Speaker John Gregg in the 1996 and 1998 elections, helping
Indiana House Democrats win 11 new seats and re-capture a majority.
Involved in the Indiana Democratic Party since 1992. Graduate of
George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Born in Braintree,
(Aug. 2004) Attorney at
Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis since 2003. Served as an executive
assistant to Gov. Frank O'Bannon and as the Governorís Liaison for Minority
Business Development, the Department of Transportation and the Lottery.
Compliance Officer for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
(OFCCP) in the U.S. Department of Labor; General Counsel for the Indiana
Professional Standards Board; an attorney with UAW/General Motors Legal
Services. Bachelor's degree in economics from DePauw University,
1991; law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington,
||Joe L. Smith, Jr.
(Feb. 2004) Burns came to the
party after working 20 years in journalism, most recently as assistant
city editor/government for the Indianapolis Star; previously he
worked as reporter for the Times of Northwest Indiana.