Kerry and Allies-Organization, Texas

Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc. 
State Director Geronimo Rodriguez
(July-end of Sept/start of Oct. 2004 when he went to Colorado to serve as Base Vote Director) Earlier served as an advisor for the Edwards for President primary campaign.  Worked on the Florida recount as lead lawyer at the West Palm Beach Legal Intake Center, Nov.-Dec. 2000.  Central Political Director on the Gore/Lieberman campaign, responsible for supervision of approximately 20 paid employees in over ten Central United States, July-Nov. 2000.  Arizona Deputy State Director/Political Director on Clinton/Gore 96, Fall 1996.  Field Director in Texas Friends of Bill Clinton headquarters, Jan.-March 1992.  Rodriguez joined the law firm of Leonard Frost in May 2001, after serving in a variety of government positions.  Counsel to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor, 1999-2001; Chief of Staff for the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor; in the White House Office of Congressional Affairs; and Deputy Associate Director and later Acting Associate Director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.  He worked for former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales, serving as a Legislative Liaison and later as an Assistant Attorney General.  Graduate of St. Edward's University, where he was student body president; law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.  Son of migrant farmworkers; native of Alamo, Texas. 
State Director Jorge Herrera
(Oct. 2004)  Student at the University of Texas Law School.  Earlier in the campaign Herrera worked as assistant to Kerry/Edwards National Finance Co-Chair Fred Baron, and as Texas field coordinator on the John Edwards for President campaign.  Served as a Public Policy Fellow with the Democratic Senate Steering Committee and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX).  Graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science, 2001; White House intern in 1997.
Deputy State Director Rachel Glast
(Oct. 2004)  Graduate studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  Program coordinator for the Reform Movement of Judaism's 'Seeking Peace, Pursuing Justice' campaign.  Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC.  Graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science and Religion, 1999.

Texas Democratic Party  
State Chairman Charles Soechting
(elected interim chair Oct. 25, 2003 and chair June 20, 2004)  Attorney from San Marcos.  Fifth generation Texan. 
Chief of Staff Mike Lavigne
(started with the party as Communications Director)  Formerly spokesman for Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Political Director Ken Bailey

title? Nancy Williams

title? Jackie Solis-Chapa
Corpus Christi field director on Tony Sanchez for Governor in 2002.

Texas House efforts - Kelly Fero, consultant

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