Obama General Election
Campaign Organization, Michigan
July 2, 2009 disclaimer
|A July 14, 2008
memo by Obama state director Amy Chapman, obtained by Marc Ambinder,
outlines plans, well underway, to "build and manage the largest general
election campaign in Michigan history." Chapman reported that,
"To date we have hired close to 90 staffers (mostly field organizers)
and will have another 80 (mostly field organizers) hired by early
August. In total we will have a minimum of 150 field organizers
throughout the state working through the Michigan Democratic
Party/Campaign for Change." Further, Chapman
wrote, the "150 field organizers will be supported by over 50
additional paid staffers, bringing our total in state presence to over
200 paid staff. As a comparison, the Kerry-Edwards general
election effort in 2004 employed 112 staffers, including 87 field
On Oct. 2 the
campaign confirmed reports it was cutting back operations in
Michigan; some staff were shifted to other states, while a fair part of
the field organization was left in place.
for America >
(announced June 13, 2008) From Madison Heights.
Executive director of Grassroots Democrats, an independent non-profit
527 political organization dedicated to strengthening the
infrastructure and financial resources of state Democratic
the Michigan Democratic coordinated campaign in 2002. Midwest political
director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU),
2002. Led the DNC's state legislative redistricting project in
2001. Campaign director for the AFL-CIO from 1997-2001.
Managed the Michigan Democratic coordinated campaign in 1996.
Wyden's successful 1995 special election campaign for U.S. Senate in
Oregon. Managed Kitzhaber for Governor of Oregon in 1994.
Executive director of College Democrats of America, 1993-94.
director for Clinton/Gore in 1992. Political field director SEIU,
1983-91, and during that time also served as a staffer on Dukakis for
Western field director on Bob Casey for Governor, 1986; deputy field
director and assistant to the political director on Cranston for
President, 1983-84. Worked on Frank Lautenberg's 1982 campaign
for U.S. Senate. Field staff on Maguire for Congress,
1980. B.A. in politics and journalism from New York University,
Deputy political director on Obama's Iowa caucus
campaign. Director of external affairs
for the Michigan House of
Representatives before heading to Iowa. Prior to that, in 2006, he
West Michigan campaign organizer for the Michigan House Democratic
organizing three state house campaigns. Member of the inaugural
class of Obama's Hopefund "Yes We Can" training program. Graduate
of the Medill School of Journalism from Northwestern University. New York native.
State Director/Political Director
Spokesman on U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's 2006 re-election
campaign. Research director on
Howard Dean's presidential campaign, 2003-04. Worked at the DCCC. A regional political
director for the Democratic Leadership Council. Graduate of the
College of William and Mary, 1998. ...to Virginia for the final three weeks
the campaign in Chicago starting in Feb. 2007) Assistant editor
Radar Studios, 2005-07. Video post production supervisor at Fig
Media, Inc., 2004-05. Technical director at WILX-TV in Michigan,
Headquarters: 2875 West
Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202 [Detroit Federation of Teachers
...grand opening July 23, 2008
Political director on John Edwards' 2007-08 Iowa caucus
campaign. National field director for 21st
Century Democrats during 2006. Previously worked at a public
technology firm where he helped corporate and association clients
and manage grassroots campaigns. Political director for the 2004
Oklahoma Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Organized
southwestern Iowa (Council Bluffs) for Edwards in the 2003-04 caucuses
before working as the campaign's deputy field director in Oklahoma and
Texas. Native of Cushing, Oklahoma.
on the campaign as assistant to the national political director in
March 2007; served as youth vote director on the South Carolina primary
campaign and Baltimore city field organizer on the
campaign. Worked for SEIU Local 32BJ. Community organizer for Association for
Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). B.A.
in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University.
Worked on the PA primary campaign.
Worked on the NH primary campaign.
Political affairs at the
Granholm Leadership Fund. Deputy director of the Michigan
Democratic Coordinated Campaign, 2005-06. Field director on
Granholm for Governor, 2003-05. Deputy GOTV on the 2004 Michigan
Democratic Coordinated Campaign. B.A. in political science from
Kalamazoo College, 2002.
Started on Obama's Iowa Caucus
campaign as a field organizer in Iowa City and deputy veterans outreach
coordinator; continued as a field organizer in Las Vegas, in the
Seattle suburbs, and in other primary states. Served six years in
the Air National Guard, including in Iraq. B.A. in political
science-international relations from Kent State University.
Vote Director/Veterans Vote Director
Started Obama campaign in Iowa working
agriculture outreach; also worked on the campaign in Pennsylvania.
Vote Director (including Sportsmen)
Started with Obama for
America in Iowa as Field Organizer in Cedar Rapids. Graduate of Butler
University, 1999. ...to Indiana.
Candidate for state representative
in the 12th District, Southwest Detroit; elected Nov. 2008. J.D.
from Thomas Cooley Law School, 2004. B.A. in political science
from Wayne State University, 1998.
Youth vote director in the Minnesota
and Texas contests after
serving as youth vote director in Chicago early in the campaign. Hannaway is taking time off from
being a student at Carleton College. Chair of the Minnesota
College Democrats. Worked on the 2006 Minnesota DFL Youth
Coordinated Campaign. Originally from Baltimore.
African-American and Senior Vote Director
on the Iowa Caucus campaign.
Political Director/African-American Vote Director
On leave from position as
grassroots administrator for the National Council of Jewish Women;
started there Feb. 2007. B.A. in English language and literature
from the University of Michigan, 2006.
|Women's/Jewish Vote Director
includes constituent relations representative for Sen. Obama.
served as director of community affairs/regional manager for U.S. Sen.
of Travel and Scheduling
In 2006 Ebersole was executive
director of the Michigan Coalition for Progress, a PAC focused on state
legislative races. Field director on Jennifer Granholm's 2002
campaign for governor.
(Aug. 2008) On leave from
position as counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for
Justice; started there in Sept. 2005. Fellow in the ACLU Drug Law
Reform Project, 2004-05. J.D. from Columbia University School of
Law, 2003. B.A. in English from Columbia University, 1998.
Democratic Party | 606
Townsend St. | Lansing, MI 48933. 517-371-5410 >
The senior Democratic state party chair in
the country; elected
chairman in Feb. 1995, and re-elected in Feb. 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005
and 2007; elected executive chair in 2003. Brewer is also president of the Association of State
Democratic Chairs, first elected in June 2003. Joined Sachs,
Waldman, O’Hare, Helveston, Hodges and Barnes, PC in 1983, became a
shareholder in 1989, and continued at the firm until becoming
chair. Started in politics as a summer intern for Congressman
David Bonior in 1977 and was involved in every reelection campaign of
Congressman Bonior until 2000. A.B. from Harvard College in 1977;
law degree from Stanford University Law School in 1981.
serves as Executive Director)
Worked for the State House of
Representatives for 22 years before joining the state party staff in
Assistant to the Chair
First Vice Chair Tina Abbott
Second Vice Chair Lupe Ramos-Montigny
Third Vice Chair Ismael Ahmed
Treasurer Dianne Byrum
Secretary Rosa Holliday
Degree in business administration-human
resource management and years of political experience electing
Democrats from the municipal level to statewide office. Wife of
Lt. Gov. John Cherry.
was a precinct organizer in Livingston County during the MDP's 2004
recently campaign manager in a Northern Illinois Congressional race and
communications advisor with the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus.
Degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
worked on many campaigns throughout Michigan and has served as campaign
manager in an Oakland County race for State Representative.
Associate's degree in general business from Macomb Community College;
bachelor's degree in public relations from Wayne State University.
candidate for State Representative.
Organizer - Upper
Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula
at the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus where she did communications
and political work. Prior to her work in the Senate, Kerr worked on
campaigns and in a health policy research group. Bachelor's
economics and oboe performance from the University of Michigan.
B.S. in environmental studies and
applications from the Michigan State University. With the MDP
director for the MDP's 2004 coordinated campaign. B.S. in
political science and an M.S.A. in public administration from Central
Finance Assistants - Louis
Fejszes, Laura Hornshaw
Formerly the executive director of the old
12th Congressional District for five years, he has also worked with the
David Bonior and Carl Levin campaigns, as well as the Dave Serotkin
recall election. He has been with the State Party since 1989.
Prior to coming to work for the Party,
Warman was a career employee with the federal government.
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