Obama General Election Campaign Organization, Georgia
revised April 14, 2009  disclaimer

In the first part of September the campaign pulled significant resources out of Georgia, but that was not the end of the campaign in the state. 

"The Obama campaign was a huge boost here; having more field staff organizing and registering voters was a definite plus.  Of course, when OfA pulled staff out of Georgia, that was problematic, but what I believe a lot of people miss is that when that happened, we had literally thousands of trained volunteers to make up the staff difference without missing a beat.  In the end, this was the largest, most complex, and most effective field effort ever seen in Georgia...  When you compare the Obama/McCain spread versus the numbers from four years ago, you can see how far we've come."
                                                                                                                                                      -Georgia Democratic operative

Obama for America

State Director
Antwaun Griffin
Ran the South Carolina political desk on Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential campaign.  Has served as campaign manager and special assistant to Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA).  In 2006 worked as regional campaign director for the Virginia Democratic Party, briefly campaign manager on Stuart Simms for Attorney General in Maryland, and earlier on Doug Duncan's gubernatorial campaign in Maryland.  Political director for Sen. John Edwards' 2004 Virginia and Ohio primary campaigns.  A regional campaign coordinator for the DSCC in Louisiana in 2002.

Communications Director
Caroline Adelman
Started on the campaign as a national press lead.  Georgia press secretary for the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004.  Georgia press secretary for the Gore-Lieberman campaign in 2000.   Georgia press secretary for President Clinton's re-election campaign in 1996.  Press secretary to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.  Georgia press secretary for the Clinton for President campaign in 1992.  Worked in the Capitol Hill offices of U.S. Rep. Joan Kelly Horne (D-MO) and U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford (D- PA).  Native of Atlanta; wife of State Sen. David Adelman.

Political Director
Ashley Collier
Field director on Obama's Georgia primary campaign.  Came to the campaign from Attorney General Thurbert Baker's office.

Campaign for Change  1080 Spring Street  |  Atlanta, GA  30309
Field Director
LeJamiel "Lee" Goodall
Degree in communication from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., 2003.

Deputy Field Director
Lance Orchid

Deputy Field Director
Alice Brathwaite

initial field director Alex Lofton
(shifted to Ohio in first part of Sept.)
  Border state coordinator on Obama's South Carolina primary campaign (i.e.NC, GA and VA), also ran the Baltimore County office during the Maryland primary campaign.

a) WXIA-TV states that the first five offices to open, on Aug. 2, were the Spring Street headquarters in Atlanta, Athens, Jonesboro, "on Concord Road SE in Smyrna" and in Valdosta. 
b) Early offices listed on website: Albany, Athens, midtown Atlanta, downtown Atlanta, Augusta, Cumming, Gainesville, Hartwell, Jonesboro, Thomasville, Valdosta, Winder.
c) 15 offices announced Aug. 22: Augusta, Brunswick, Columbus, South Columbus, Dublin, Decatur, East Point, Gainesville, Jesup, LaGrange, Macon, Monroe, Newnan, Warner Robins, Woodstock.
d) By Aug. 27, the campaign reported 27 offices, listed below.
Albany - 407 S Slappey Blvd, Albany, GA  31701  

Athens - 2092 Prince Ave., Athens, GA  30606  

Atlanta Office, Downtown (Morris Brown) - 643 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Atlanta, GA  30314  

Augusta Satellite Office - 214 8th St., Augusta, GA 30901

Augusta - 852 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901

Brunswick - 1919 Glynn Avenue, Brunswick, GA  31520

Carrollton - 119 Bradley St., Carrollton, GA  30116

Columbus - 3160 Macon Rd, Store 4A, Columbus, GA  31906
South Columbus - 905 Third Avenue, Columbus, GA  31901

Conyers - 1070 Iris Dr SW, Suite D100, Conyers, GA  30094

Covington -2143 Washington Street, Covington, GA  30014

Cumming - 600 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 101, Cumming, GA 30041 

Decatur - 2752 East Ponce de Leon, Suite F & G, Decatur, GA 30030

Douglasville - 8337 Office Park Dr., Douglasville, GA  30134

Dublin - 1505 Rice Ave, Dublin, GA  31021

College Park-East Point - The Hilliards Building, 2465 Main Street, East Point, GA  30344

Fayetteville -101 Devant St., Suite 501, Fayetteville, GA  30214  
...opened Aug. 30, 2008

Gainesville - 1097 Athens St., Gainesville, GA  30501

Hartwell - 200 E. Johnson St., Hartwell, GA  30643

Jesup  - 179 N. Brunswick St., Jesup, GA  31546

Jonesboro - 2745 Mt. Zion Rd., Jonesboro, GA  31601

LaGrange - 411 South Greenwood, La Grange, GA  30240

Macon - 438 Cotton Avenue, Macon, GA  31201

Marietta - 1200 Cobb Parkway N, Suite 700, Marietta, GA  30062

Monroe -124 Sorrells St., Monroe, GA  30655

Newnan - 25 E. Broad St., Newnan, GA  30263

Rome -1007 N. Broad St, Suite 100, Rome, GA  30161

Roswell - 1020 Woodstock Rd., Suite 2108 and 2110, Roswell, GA  30075   ...opened Aug. 30, 2008

Savannah - 201 E. York St., Savannah, GA  31401   ...opened Sept. 13, 2008

South Cobb County - 1025 East-West Conn Suite 604, Austell, GA  30106

Gwinnett County Regional - 3245 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd, Suite S, Suwanee, GA  30024   ...opened Aug. 30, 2008

Thomasville -2951 E. Pinetree Blvd., Thomasville, GA  31792 

Thomson - 133 Knox Shopping Center, Thomson, GA  30824

Tifton - 213 3rd Street East, Tifton, GA  31794  

Valdosta - 102 E. Adair St., Valdosta, GA  31601  

Warner Robins - 1770 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, GA  31088

Winder - 144 East Midland Ave., Winder, GA  30680 

Woodstock - 180 Parkway 575, Suite 140, Woodstock, GA  30188

Democratic Party
of Georgia   1100 Spring St., Suite 408  |  Atlanta, GA 30309   678-278-2008   >
Jane V. Kidd
(elected Jan. 2007)  Served as a State Representative from Athens, and ran for the State Senate in 2006.  Public relations consultant, specializing in higher education.  Campaign manager for congressional candidate, State Sen. Don Johnson and upon his election served as Congressman Johnson's district director.  Elected to the Lavonia City Council at age 27 and served three terms.  Graduate of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.  Daughter of former Georgia Governor Ernest Vandiver and the grand-niece of Senator Richard B. Russell.

Executive Director
Matt Weyandt
(from June 2007)  Finance director and deputy campaign manager on Jim Martin's campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2006.  Regional director with Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.in California, training and managing organizers and canvassers for the DNC's 2004 Presidential Grassroots Fundraising Program.  Worked on the finance staff for Shirley Franklin's first campaign  for Atlanta Mayor in 2001.  Graduate of the Atlanta public schools and Emory University.  Native Georgian.

Communications Director
Martin Matheny
(joined the state party in Feb. 2007)  Experience includes communications director on Doug Haines' 12th District congressional primary campaign in 2004, and earlier in the cycle was a field organizer for Dick Gephardt in the Iowa caucuses.  Field staffer and deputy political director for Jim Humphries' congressional campaign in West Virginia in 2002.  Graduate of the University of Georgia.  Native Georgian, originally from Athens.

Finance Director
Tim Alborg
Alborg has worked for the California Democratic Party as well as in the television news business and for Linden Labs. 

Field Director
Jeff Totty

VoteBuider Administrator
Ted Terry

Voter Registration Organizer
Chris Harrison

DNC Field Organizer - Middle Georgia Mike Biggs

DNC Field Organizer - Middle Georgia
Stephanie Woods Miller

DNC Field Organizer - South Georgia Chris Casey

County Affairs Director
Martha Kiel

Volunteer Academy Assistant Director
Kelli Persons

Canvass Director Stefen Samarripas

Assistant Canvass Director
Kris Carta

Call Center Director
Aaron White

Call Center Director
Heather Hayes

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