Key People-John Cox (R-IL)
updated March 24, 2007

Cox was the first declared candidate and he invested significant resources in his campaign.  By Jan. 2007 the Cox campaign had offices in the key early states of Iowa, NH and SC.  However, he did not manage to rise above "fringe candidate" status, and his campaign underwent a lot of turnover.  As one former staffer stated, "John is in charge of the campaign; he's running the campaign himself."
COX 2008 COMMITTEE, INC.
...March 2006...
Campaign Manager Craig Bergman
Robert Morris Group.

...September 2006...
Campaign Director Steven Kush
Kush and Associates.

...through April 1, 2007.
National Grassroots and Logistics Coordinator Nathan Martin
from Mansfield, OH.
 
 
National Communications Director/NH Campaign Coordinator Stephen Abbott
(announced as NH Campaign Coordinator on July 29, 2006...later named National Communications Director...continued with the campaign through mid-Feb. 2007)
Manchester public relations consultant.  Coordinator of Charles Tarbellís 2004 gubernatorial primary campaign against Gov. Craig Benson.  Abbott has been an active member of the Manchester Republican Committee, elected as a delegate to the state Republican Convention in 2004, and reelected in 2006, and is a member of the Republican State Committee.  Former newspaper reporter for the Neighborhood News newspapers and the Weare Free Press.   He has served as chairman of Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester, and as president of the non-profit group For Manchester.  He is a 1989 graduate of the University of West Florida with a B.A. in Communication Arts.
 

IOWA
Headquarters: 815 Office Park Road, West Des Moines    ...Cox held open house Jan. 5-6, 2007
Central Iowa Coordinator Patrick Anderson
From Hubbard, IA (Hardin County).
 
Eastern Iowa Coordinator Steve Huff

 
Western Iowa Coordinator
Keith Hunter served in this position.
 

NEW HAMPSHIRE  blog
Headquarters: 788 Elm Street, Manchester (above the Merrimack Restaurant)    ...Open in Dec. 2006; Cox officially opened Jan. 3, 2007
State Campaign Coordinator Stephen Abbott
(announced July 29, 2006...through mid-Feb. 2007)  Manchester public relations consultant.  Coordinator of Charles Tarbellís 2004 gubernatorial primary campaign against Gov. Craig Benson.  Abbott has been an active member of the Manchester Republican Committee, elected as a delegate to the state Republican Convention in 2004, and reelected in 2006, and is a member of the Republican State Committee.  Former newspaper reporter for the Neighborhood News newspapers and the Weare Free Press.   He has served as chairman of Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester, and as president of the non-profit group For Manchester.  He is a 1989 graduate of the University of West Florida with a B.A. in Communication Arts.
 
Field Director Chris Richter
(announced Dec. 4, 2006)  Field director for the Republican gubernatorial campaign of New Hampshire State Rep. Jim Coburn.  He has also served as a page for the Republicans in the U.S. Senate, and as a research assistant to Conservative MP Cheryl Gillian in the British House of Commons.  Candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives in 2002.

Administrative Assistant/Secretary
 

County Coordinators
Hillsborough - Jonathan Heath of Manchester (announced Aug. 17, 2006)
   Goffstown Town Campaign Chairman - Bob Harris (announced Aug. 31, 2006)
Rockingham - Bob Bjorkman of Derry (announced Aug. 31, 2006)
Strafford  - Tim Comerford
 

SOUTH CAROLINA
Headquarters: 1710A Senate Street, Columbia    ...Cox to do grand opening on Jan. 13, 2007
Upstate Field Director Dan Herren
(announced Oct. 27, 2006)  Herren lives in Mauldin, and works as a Real Estate Agent for RE/MAX Foothills Realty.  He graduated from Furman University in 1994 with a B.A. in Political Science.  He has worked on Republican campaigns including: Upstate Field Director for Dole/Kemp (1996); Upstate Field Director for Charlie Condon for Attorney General (1994).
 
Midlands Field Director Edward Cousar
(announced Oct. 27, 2006)  Cousar lives in Rock Hill, and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1990 with a B.A. in Political Science.  He was State Chairman of the College Republicans from 1988-1990.  He has worked on numerous Republican campaigns.
 
Lowcountry Field Director Mike Burton
(announced Oct. 27, 2006)  Burton lives in Charleston, and has worked on numerous Republican campaigns including serving as Political Director for Henry Brown for Congress in 2000.
 
 

State Committee Chairmen (Jan. 2007)
Alabama Kristin Coger of Weaver, AL

 
California Terry Adair, DDS of Sacramento, CA

 
Colorado  Ed Hanks of Littleton, CO  (announced Dec. 19, 2006)

 
Florida Ken Maulsby of Orange Park, FL

 
Idaho Adam Graham of Boise, ID  (announced Dec. 19, 2006)  blog

 
Illinois Carl Segvich of Chicago, IL

 
Kansas Jenifer Guth of Overland Park, KS

 
Kentucky  Patrick Damron of Georgetown, KY (announced Oct. 4, 2006)

 
Michigan  Alex Stobehn of Sault Ste. Marie, MI (announced Dec. 19, 2006)

 
Montana John Hagen of Great Falls, MT

 
Nebraska Brad Ashby of Omaha, NE  (announced Oct. 24, 2006)

 
Nevada John Cox of N. Las Vegas, NV

 
New Jersey  Tom Schneider of Riverton, NJ  (announced Dec. 13, 2006)

 
New Mexico  Jim Watson of Alamogordo, NM  (announced Dec. 19, 2006)

 
New York Peter Collorafi of Amityville, NY

 
North Dakota Dustin Gawrylow of Mandan, ND

 
Ohio Dave Sibole of Hillsboro, OH

 
Oklahoma  Dean Coonrod of Cleveland, OK  (announced Dec. 13, 2006)

 
Oregon  blog  blog Darrell Gulstron of Mt. Angel, OR

 
Pennsylvania  blog Dan Colgan of McSherrystown, PA (announced Oct. 24, 2006)

 
Rhode Island C. Christopher Sirr of Warwick,  RI

 
South Carolina Robert Cahaly of Mauldin, SC

 
South Dakota Ben Thompson of Lake Preston,  SD

 
Tennessee  blog Daniel Myers of Clinton, TN  (announced Nov. 6, 2006)

 
Texas  Kelly Zink of McKinney, TX  (announced Oct. 24, 2006)

 
Virginia Brian Holland of Suffolk, VA 

 
Washington Brandon Excell of Longview, WA

 
Wisconsin Co-Chairs blog Jesse Heimermann and his son Asher Heimermann (age 13) of Sheboygan, WI
(announced Oct. 16, 2006)

 
Wyoming  Lewis W. Currier of Buffalo, WY (announced Dec. 13, 2006)

 
 

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