PRESS RELEASE from Dodd for President

Announces Chairs for Top 20 Iowa Caucus Counties

For Immediate Release
SEPTEMBER 18, 2007
Colleen Flanagan
Taylor West

DES MOINES – Following the International Association of Fire Fighters endorsement and the announcement of state Senate President Pro-Tem Jeff Danielson as Iowa Steering Committee Co-Chair, Chris Dodd’s campaign continued to roll out its Iowa leadership team today with the announcement of County Chairs for the state’s top twenty Democratic caucus counties.

“This group of talented and dedicated people are one more piece of the strong, tested organization the Dodd campaign is building on the ground in Iowa,” said Dodd’s Iowa spokeswoman Taylor West.  “Caucus support isn’t bought with money and celebrity – it’s earned by committed leaders spreading Senator Dodd’s message of proven leadership from neighbor to neighbor.  The campaign is honored to have the support of this well-respected group, and we look forward to working with them across the state.”

County Chairs announced by the Dodd campaign today include:

Polk County Co-Chairs
Dick Murphy of Des Moines – Polk County School Board and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Rose Mary Pratt of Des Moines – Democratic Activist and Former Staff Member, Office of Governor Tom Vilsack
John Tekippe of Waukee – President, IAFF Local 4

Linn County Co-Chairs
Rick Scofield of Marion – President, IAFF Local 11
Jerry Vuichard of Cedar Rapids – Business Manager, IBEW Local 1362

Scott County Chair
Jose Bucksbaum of Davenport – Affirmative Action Chair, Scott County Democrats Central Committee

Johnson County Co-Chairs
Pat Harney of Iowa City – Johnson County Supervisor
Eric Nurnberg of Iowa City – President, IAFF Local 610

Black Hawk County Co-Chairs
Tom Powers of Waterloo – President, IAFF Local 66
Dr. A. Frank Thompson of Cedar Falls – Treasurer and Former President of the United Faculty, University of Northern Iowa

Dubuque County Chair
Helene Magee of Dubuque – County Publicity Co-Chair, Dubuque County Democrats Central Committee

Story County Chair
Mike Bryant of Ames – President, IAFF Local 625

Woodbury County Chair
Rob Marqusee of Sioux City – Woodbury County Director of Rural Economic Development

Pottawattamie County Chair
Justin James of Council Bluffs – President, IAFF Local 15

Clinton County Chair
Joel Atkinson of Clinton – Vice President, IAFF Local 609

Cerro Gordo County Chair
Jerry Taylor of Mason City – Activist and Member, Cerro Gordo County Democrats Central Committee

Des Moines County Co-Chairs
Diane Ehret of Burlington – Teacher and Democratic Activist
Al Pealer of Burlington – Veteran and Former VFW Post Commander

Dallas County Chair
Bob Skow of West Des Moines – CEO, Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa and Former State Representative

Warren County Co-Chairs
Kevin Middleswart of Indianola – Warren County Supervisor
Scott Voogd of Indianola – Teacher and Democratic Activist

Lee County Chair
Bill Olmsted of Keokuk – Keokuk City Councilman

Muscatine County Chair
Mark Butterworth of Muscatine – Small Business Owner and Retired Teacher

Marshall County Chair
Wayne Sawtelle of Marshalltown – Vice Chair, Marshall County Democrats Central Committee and Former Political Director, Iowa Professional Fire Fighters

Webster County Co-Chairs
Ernest Kersten of Fort Dodge – Webster County School Board and Democratic Activist
Mary B. Wilson of Fort Dodge – Retired Teacher and Former Member, Webster County School Board

Wapello County Chair
Marlin Hesse of Ottumwa – Democratic Activist

Marion County Chair
David Isgrig of Pleasantville – Superintendent, Pleasantville Schools