McCain General Election Campaign Organization, Maine
updated March 3, 2009

McCain-Palin 2008

Regional Campaign Manager (New England - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI and VT) Jim Barnett
State director on McCain's NH primary campaign (succeeded Jim Martin, the campaign's first NH campaign manager, after Martin was dismissed in May 2007).  Barnett earlier served as the campaign's New England Regional Director.  Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, elected May 2003, served through late Nov. 2006.  Deputy campaign manager on Jim Douglas' successful 2002 campaign for governor of Vermont, then worked on Gov. Douglas' senior staff.  Deputy Associate Director in the Presidential Personnel Office, 2001-02.  Public relations manager at, 2000.  Senior research analyst at RNC, 1999-early 2000.  Research associate at the National Journal Group.  Junior research analyst at the RNC, 1998.  Bachelor's degree in political science (CLEG) from American University, 1998.

Maine Leadership Team (announced July 20, 2008)
The Honorable John R. McKernan, Jr., Honorary Chair
Senator Olympia Snowe, Co-Chair
Senator Susan Collins, Co-Chair
Rep. Josh Tardy, Vice Chair
Hon. David Emery, First Congressional District Co-Chair
Jan Staples, First Congressional District Co-Chair
Hon. Richard Bennett, Second Congressional District Co-Chair
Sen. Kevin Raye, Second Congressional District Co-Chair
and County Chairs

State Director
Peter Fullerton
(July 2008).  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2005-08.  In 2004 Fullerton worked on Victory 2004 starting as a field coordinator in Southern Maine, and then tranferring to work as a field representative in Dover, NH.

Victory 2008
Ben Gilman
(announced June 2, 2008)  Most recently a legislative aide in the Maine Legislature.  Gilman has served as the House Caucus Director for the Maine Republican Party, taught political science at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, and served as Director of Outreach and Economic Development for Sen. Olympia Snowe.  Field director for a congressional race, campaign manager of Jim Libby for Governor in 2002, and served as a Doorkeeper for the U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms.  Bachelor’s degree, 1997, and law degree, 2001, from the University of Maine.

State Finance Chair:
Honorary Chairman John R. McKernan

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Mark J. Ellis
(Assumed the position of chairman on April 14, 2007 after serving as vice chairman, elected in Dec. 2006)  Director of Information Technology for Douglas Dynamics, L.L.C.; has worked in the information technology field for over 25 years.  Webmaster on many Republican campaigns in Maine.  Resident of Augusta.

Executive Director
Julie Ann O'Brien
Founder and former executive director of the Children's Discovery Museum.  Served four terms in the Maine State Legislature representing District 96 (Augusta).  Graduate of Springfield College.

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