PRESS RELEASE from John Edwards for President

June 12, 2007

Dan Leistikow


Edwards Campaign First In Iowa to Announce Chairs in Every County in State

Waterloo, Iowa – As Elizabeth Edwards visited Iowa for the grand opening of the campaign’s Waterloo office, the John Edwards for President campaign today announced that it has signed up county chairs for all 99 Iowa counties.

The Edwards campaign becomes the first campaign -- Democratic or Republican -- to announce county chairs for each of Iowa’s 99 counties.  These chairs - including elected officials, educators and influential business and community leaders – will work to organize their county for Senator Edwards and spread the word about his detailed and specific plans, from ending the war in Iraq to guaranteeing health care for every American.

In April, Edwards announced that the campaign had signed up a rural chairperson in all 99 counties to focus specifically on organizing the rural portions of every county.  The county chairs announced today will work with the rural county chairs and others throughout their county to mobilize support for Senator Edwards.

The announcement comes just days before Senator Edwards will visit Iowa to discuss his plans to end the war in Iraq, pass truly universal health care and revitalize the economy of small towns across America. Mrs. Edwards return to Iowa to accompany him for several stops during the three-day campaign swing.

“All of us – right here in Iowa and across the country – need to take action to start changing our country today,” Senator Edwards said.  “I appreciate the support of the many business, civic and community leaders who have agreed to lead our campaign effort in every Iowa county.  They will also advise me on the issues that matter to Iowans -- because I believe it’s time America had a president who put the concerns of everyday Americans first.”

“John and Elizabeth Edwards understand the challenges that regular Iowans face – from paying the health care bill to sending your kid to college,” said Joy Lowe, a county coordinator for Black Hawk County.  “But even more importantly, Senator Edwards is the candidate with the best and most specific ideas about how to help families in Iowa, as well as to end the war and improve our standing in the world.  I’m honored to be part of this campaign because I believe he’s not only our best candidate, but he’ll make a great president who can deliver for Iowa families.”

Edwards’ 99 County Chairs are:

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Iowa County Chairs and Co-Chairs

Linda Madison, Adair, Adair
Pat Kennedy, Corning, Adams
Toni Kolsrud, Waterville, Allamakee
Judith Engle, Waukon, Allamakee
Justine Heffron, Centerville, Appanoose
Debbie Kury, Centerville, Appanoose
Alan Smalley, Audubon, Audubon
Peggy Smalley, Audubon County Treasurer, Audubon, Audubon
Rosemary Schwartz, Former Benton County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Vinton, Benton
Joy Lowe, Former Black Hawk County Democratic Party Central Committee Vice Chair, Waterloo, Black Hawk
Russ Lowe, Waterloo, Black Hawk
Marilyn Jordan, Boone, Boone
Georgia Robertson, Boone County Democratic Party Central Committee Co-Chair, Boone, Boone
Peg Dunbar, Former Bremer County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Waverly, Bremer
Richard MacHacek, Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee Member, Winthrop, Buchanan
Michelle Ficken, Independence, Buchanan
Eugene Ficken, Independence, Buchanan
Juanita Hamilton, Storm Lake, Buena Vista
Willis Hamilton, Storm Lake, Buena Vista
Rod Baker, Parkersburg, Butler
Susie Baker, Parkersburg, Butler
Colin McCullough, Rockwell City, Calhoun
Bill Clinton, Carroll, Carroll
William Kennedy, Anita, Cass
Mary Sesker, Tipton, Cedar
Patricia Furchtenicht, West Branch, Cedar
Pat Steinfort, Mason City, Cerro Gordo
Chris Petersen, Iowa Farmer's Union President, Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo
Janet Sundberg, Cherokee, Cherokee
Pat Wegman, Chickasaw County Attorney, New Hampton, Chickasaw
Stephen Waterman, Osceola, Clarke
Bill O'Hearn, Spencer, Clay
Brenda Gibbs, Garnavillo, Clayton
Highland Nichols, Clinton, Clinton
Les Lewis, Former Crawford County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Denison, Crawford
Kay Nelson, Dow City, Crawford
Daniel Spellman Sr, Perry, Dallas
Karen Miller, West Des Moines, Dallas
Kurt Swaim, State Representative, Bloomfield, Davis
Marie McBroom, Decatur, Decatur
Judy McMahon, Manchester, Delaware
Mike McMahon, Manchester, Delaware
Sandy Dockendorff, Danville, Des Moines
Jeannette Kline, President of Burlington Iowa State Education Association Chapter, Burlington, Des Moines
Greg Stevens, Former State Representative, Milford, Dickinson
Becky Sisco, Dubuque, Dubuque
Don Brown, Estherville, Emmet
Peggy Sherrets, Oelwein, Fayette
Loyd Johnson, Nashua, Floyd
Renee Bultman, Hampton, Franklin
Steve Mac Donald, Fremont County Sheriff, Farragut, Fremont
Alis Martin, Grand Junction, Greene
Peggy Husmann, Morrison, Grundy
Rose Edwards, Stuart, Guthrie
Janet Adams, Webster City City Councilwoman, Former State Representative, Former Webster County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Webster City, Hamilton
Jim Devine, Corwith, Hancock
Sue Seedorff-Keninger, Ackley, Hardin
Mike Vittitoe, Missouri Valley, Harrison
Mickey Dingman, New London, Henry
Jerry Dingman, Henry County Democratic Party Central Committee Vice Chair, New London, Henry
Cathy Helman, Salem, Henry
David Helman, Henry County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Salem, Henry
Matt Malek, Howard County Democratic Party Central Committee Co-Chair, Cresco, Howard
Barb Zabel, Humboldt, Humboldt
Mike Zabel, Humboldt, Humboldt
Phyllis Groth, Battle Creek, Ida
Jamie Whitmer, Holstein, Ida
Tammy Kesterson, Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee Member, Marengo, Iowa
Jane Dubert, Maquoketa, Jackson
Daniel Kelley, Jasper County Democratic Party Central Committee Vice Chair, Newton, Jasper
Jo Ann Crouch, Fairfield, Jefferson
Terrence Neuzil, Johnson County Supervisor, Iowa City, Johnson
David Redlawsk, University of Iowa Professor, Iowa City, Johnson
Victoria Tapken, Anamosa, Jones
Ron George, Keokuk County Sheriff, Keswick, Keokuk
Dennis McGuire, Algona, Kossuth
Sandy Chapman, Former Lee County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Fort Madison, Lee
Bob Jury, Farmington, Lee
Ernie Schiller, Lee County Supervisor, Donnellson, Lee
Donald Zeller, Linn County Sheriff, Palo, Linn
Lauri Lumm-Usher, Marion, Linn
Joel Miller, Linn County Auditor, Robins, Linn
Trish Schaefer, Former Mayor, Morning Sun, Louisa
Franklin Best, Former Mayor, Columbus City, Louisa
Joan Amos, Chariton, Lucas
Ron  Scholten, Larchwood, Lyon
Joyce Kooker, Winterset, Madison
Cynthia Drost, Former Mahaska County Recorder, New Sharon, Mahaska
Pat Sodak, Oskaloosa, Mahaska
Maureen Nichols, Knoxville, Marion
Sara Hansen, Marshalltown, Marshall
Carol Crawford, Glenwood, Mills
Elaine Smolik, Osage, Mitchell
Bonnie Banks, Mapleton, Monona
Jody Ewing, Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee Member, Onawa, Monona
Marjorie Demoss, Albia, Monroe
Leland Carmichael, Former Mayor, Former Montgomery County Supervisor, Villisca, Montgomery
Henry Marquard, Iowa Environmental Protection Commission President, Muscatine, Muscatine
Sharon Marquard, Muscatine, Muscatine
Kas Kelly, Muscatine County Supervisor, Muscatine, Muscatine
Marilyn Brubaker, Paullina, O'Brien
Phyllis Vanwyk, Sibley, Osceola
Roberta Farmer, Clarinda, Page
Peter Hart, Palo Alto County Attorney, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto
Ron Stopak, Le Mars, Plymouth
Calista Hammes, Pocahontas, Pocahontas
John Campbell, Union Activist, Steelworker, Des Moines, Polk
Thomas Fisher, Former State Representative, Des Moines, Polk
Barbara Miller, West Des Moines, Polk
Dennis Anderson, Polk County Sheriff, Des Moines, Polk
Dean Jennings, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie
Pamela Wilson, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie
Ellie Snook, Poweshiek County Supervisor, Montezuma, Poweshiek
Jim Uhlenkamp, Former Ringgold County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Mount Ayr, Ringgold
Russ Hass, Sac City, Sac
Ann Hutchinson, Former Mayor, Bettendorf, Scott
Beverly Strayhall, Davenport, Scott
Roger Butts, Reverend, Davenport, Scott
Mel Clothier, Harlan, Shelby
Michelle Vanwyk, Ireton, Sioux
Sande McNabb, Ames, Story
Lynne Baltzer, Ames, Story
Dori Rammelsberg-Dvorak, Iowa Democratic Party Secretary, Tama County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Clutier, Tama
Pam King, Bedford, Taylor
Jan Knock, Creston, Union
Lori Hays, Creston, Union
Todd Wolverton, Creston, Union
Vicki Shepard, Van Buren County Democratic Party Central Committee, Keosauqua, Van Buren
Dave McMillin, Ottumwa, Wapello
Sally Steffen, Former Wapello County Supervisor, Ottumwa, Wapello
Ray Walton, Indianola, Warren
Joshua Brown, Indianola, Warren
Jo-Ann Zager, Brighton, Washington
William Gode, Corydon, Wayne
Char Gustufson, Fort Dodge, Webster
Roger Olien, Scarville, Winnebago
Lyle Otte, Former Winneshiek County Democratic Party Central Committee Secretary, Decorah, Winneshiek
Georgie Klevar, Winneshiek County Democratic Party Central Committee Vice-Chair, Decorah, Winneshiek
Mac Smith, Sioux City, Woodbury
Connie Richardson Smith, Sioux City, Woodbur
Al Sturgeon, Former State Representative, Former Woodbury County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Sioux City, Woodbury
Wayne Estes, Northwood, Worth
Denise Hocraffer, Wright County Democratic Party Central Committee Chair, Clarion, Wright

For more information, please contact Dan Leistikow at 515-288-0766 or 515-508-9965.