John Kerry-Campaign Organization, Virginia
John Kerry for President Inc.
On December 4, 2002, Sen. Kerry filed papers with the FEC establishing John Kerry for President Inc., an exploratory committee.  James M. Jordan served as the national campaign manager through November 9, 2003; he was replaced by Mary Beth Cahill, who previously served as chief of staff to Sen. Edward Kennedy.
John Kerry for President Inc. Virginia Leadership 
Campaign Headquarters: 3805 Cutshaw Avenue, Suite 100, Richmond. (formally opened Sept. 29, 2003)

as of Dec. 20, 2003 the campaign has 7 people on staff in Virginia

State Chair Larry H. Framme, III
Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia through Nov. 2003.  Framme began his political activity as a precinct volunteer in Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign.  He served as chairman of the Richmond City Democratic Committee and later as chairman of the Third Congressional District Committee.  He was first elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia in 1986.  In 1990, Gov. Wilder appointed Framme to his Cabinet as Secretary of Economic Development.  Framme is an attorney concentrating on civil litigation, business counseling and transactions and government affairs. He obtained his B.A. from Center College in Kentucky and his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law.  He worked for McGuire, Woods & Battle in Richmond (now McGuireWoods LLP). In 1981, he co-founded Mezzullo, McCandlish & Framme (now McCandlishHolton). In 1995 he founded the Framme Law Firm PC in Richmond and he continues to head the firm.
State Director Susan Swecker
Swecker, a DNC Member, served on the DNC's convention site advisory committee in 2001-02 and was elected chair of the party's Southern Caucus at its February 2003 meeting.  She chaired the Gore for President campaign in Virginia in 2000 and chaired the Virginia delegation to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.  Former executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia.  Lives in Richmond.  According to the AP she "led the push" for the legislation that moved the state's 2004 presidential primary forward. 

Steering Committeee (announced Sept. 29, 2003; includes Framme and Swecker)
Honorable Ken Alexander                      Member, House of Delegates, Norfolk

William C. Bischoff                               Member, State Central Committee

Honorable Fenton Bland                       Member, House of Delegates, Petersburg

Honorable Howard Copeland                  Former member, House of Delegates, Norfolk
                                                           Captain, US Coast Guard (retired)

Hanh Deniston                                     Democratic Chair of Colonial Heights

Nancy Finch                                         Chesterfield Democratic Activist

Bishop Gerald Glenn                             Pastor, New Deliverance Evangelical Church
                                                            And Civil Rights Leader, Chesterfield County

Gary Hancock                                      9th CD Democratic Chair

Gloria Haislip                                        Member, 9th CD Democratic Committee

Lt. Gen.(retired) Claudia Kennedy           First female three star general in U.S. Army

Honorable J. Jack Kennedy                    Former member of House and Senate
                                                            Clerk of Court, Wise County

Barbara Klear                                        Member, 3rd CD Democratic Committee

Alphonso Lopez                                     Finance Director for numerous Democratic Candidates and Arlington 
                                                            Democratic Activist

R. Michael Mohler                                  President, Va. Professional Fire Fighters, Fairfax

Honorable Henry Marsh                          State Senator, former Richmond Mayor and Civil Rights leader

Honorable Robert J. McCabe                  Sheriff, City of Norfolk

Honorable Brian Moran                          Member, House of Delegates, Alexandria
                                                           Chair, House Democratic Caucus

Rick O’Dell                                           Vietnam combat veteran
                                                           Past national officer, Vietnam Veterans of America
                                                           Past director of Veterans Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia
                                                           Retired, resides in Roanoke

Honorable Bruce Patterson                   Clerk of Court, Lexington/Rockbridge County

Beth Rennick                                      City of Richmond Democratic Activist

Honorable Lionell Spruill                       Member, House of Delegates, Chesapeake

Honorable JoAnn Walthall                    Former councilwoman, Town of Alberta, National Delegate – Gore 2000

Claire Ward                                         Richmond Democratic and environmental activist

Andrew Wright                                    Former Chief of Staff to Congressman Rick Boucher

On December 6, 2003, a prominent group of African American legislators, mayors, ministers, local elected officials and Democratic leaders in Virginia announced today the formation of an advisory committee to support Kerry's campaign.

On November 10, 2003, during a visit by former Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA), the campaign rolled out its Virginia Veterans for Kerry Steering Committee, chaired by Rick O'Dell of Roanoke.

On September 29, 2003, the campaign announced a 26-person Steering Committee including four members of the House of Delegates and one State Senator (list above).

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