McCain General Election Regional Campaign Organization, New England -
CT, ME, MA, NH, RI and VT

updated March 3, 2009

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New England Regional Headquarters250 Commercial St., Suite 3007, Manchester, NH 03101   
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.

Deputy Regional Campaign Manager  Alden Guptill
Executive director of the Vermont Republican Party starting in March 2007 and earlier the party's political director starting in late 2005.  Field coordinator for Jim Douglas' 2004 campaign for governor of Vermont.  Graduate of Champlain College with a degree in business administration/international business, 2004.

Regional Communications Director
Jeff Grappone
Communications director on Rudy Giuliani's NH primary campaign.  Press secretary to U.S. Sen. John Sununu starting 2005; he joined Sununu’s staff in 2003.  Worked for U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass in Washington, DC and as a field representative on Bass’s successful 2002 reelection. Grappone was a reporter for the Concord Monitor.  He also has experience working as a field manager for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee and on President George W. Bush’s 2000 primary campaign in New Hampshire.  Graduate of Georgetown University.  Native of New Hampshire.

Regional eCampaign Director
Aaron Goulette
Coalitions/operations director on McCain's NH primary campaign before the July 2007 restructuring.  Senior project manager at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C.  (In 2006 Goulette and former Congressman and State Supreme Court Justice Chuck Douglas formed the Property Protection Alliance of New Hampshire, a political committee).  72-Hour director on the New Hampshire Republican State Committee's Victory '04 program.  Litigation support director for Chuck Douglas’ law firm in Concord, NH.  Field operative on former U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey’s campaign for governor and for the NHRSC’s Victory operation, 2002.  B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, 2002.  New Hampshire native; graduate of Berlin High School.

Regional Coalitions Director
Rob Heuchling
reported by John DiStaso, June 30, 2008

Regional Director of Scheduling and Surrogate Operations > MA State Director
Amber Hillman
Legal Assistant at Vertex, a pharmaceutical company, 2007-08.  Finance volunteer for McCain's primary campaign in Massachusetts [source John DiStaso].  Chief of staff on Healey/Hillman '06.  Legislative aide in the Massachusetts State House.  Graduate of Middlebury College, 2005.

Regional Special Projects Director
Matt Flanders
Field coordinator for Sullivan, Grafton and Coos counties during McCain's NH primary campaign.  Staffer on Chuck Blasdel for Congress in Ohio's 6th CD in 2006.  Graduate of Drew University, 2006.

RCM Desk Coordinator, New England (based in VA HQ)

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