Key People-Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)
updated February 16, 2008

RICHARDSON FOR PRESIDENT, INC.    ...in the states
BILL RICHARDSON FOR PRESIDENT EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE  (announced Jan. 21, 2007)
Headquarters:  811 St. Michael's Drive, Suite 206, Santa Fe, New Mexico (communications)
                       111 Lomas Blvd, N.W., Albuquerque (finance)
Campaign Manager Dave Contarino
Chaired Richardson's 2006 re-election campaign.  Chief of staff in the Governor's office from the start of his administration through April 2006.  Started with Richardson in Oct. 2001 directing his gubernatorial exploratory committee.  Owner, with his wife, of Southwest Title and Escrow Inc. in Santa Fe; they opened the business in 1995, and he continued to work it until starting in the Governor's office.  Senior advisor on Sen. Bingaman's 2000 re-election campaign.  Managed Phil Maloof's 1998 general election campaign for Congress against Heather Wilson (R) in NM's 1st CD.  Managed Sen. Jeff Bingamanís re-election campaign against Colin McMillan in 1994.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. George Brown (D-CA) in the early 1990s.  Managed at least one congressional campaign.  Worked at the Democratic National Committee.  Graduate of Cornell University, 1983.  Interned for Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-CO).  Native of Massachusetts.
 
  Assistant to the Campaign Manager: Richard Santos
 
Deputy Campaign Manager and Finance Director Amanda Cooper
Managed Richardson's 2006 re-election campaign.  Oversaw Richardson's political action committee Moving America Forward.  Managed Richard Romeroís unsuccessful run for Congress in New Mexico's 1st CD in 2002.  Managed Udall's 2000 re-election campaign.  Managed the successful 1998 campaign of her father, then state attorney general Tom Udall, for Congress in NM's 3rd CD, defeating Republican Rep. Bill Redmond.  Managed Cate Stetson's 1995 campaign to become chair of the NM Democratic Party.

  Assistant to the Deputy Campaign Manager: Anna Alexander
 

POLITICAL
Deputy Political Director Ben Chao
Partner at the Nashville political consulting firm of Fletcher Rowley Chao Riddle Inc.
 
Early States Director Josh Geise
Oklahoma state director on Sen. Joe Lieberman's 2003-04 presidential primary campaign.  Managed two congressional campaigns during the 2002 cycle: Richard Romero in New Mexico and Jill Long Thompson in Indiana (both unsuccessful).  Successfully managed the Albert Pollard for Delegate campaign in Virginia.  A graduate of Indiana University, he also served as communications director to Congressman Peter Visclosky (D-IN).
 
Western States Political Director Carlos Trujillo

 
Mid Western States Political Director/Florida Political Director Michelle Mayorga
Deputy field director on Tom Vilsack for President.  In 2006 worked on the Jim Davis for Governor campaign in Central Florida, and finished the campaign in Nevada.  Deputy field desk (NV, OR, WA, WV) at the DNC in Fall 2004.  Graduate of Jonathan Edwards College (Yale College), 2003.  Native of Florida.
 
Southern States Political Director/Women for Richardson Political Director Wendy Davis
(Aug. 2007)  From Rome, GA; Floyd County Democratic Party vice chair.  Deputy campaign manager for Roger Kahn for Congress (2002, GA-11); field director for Phil Maloof for Congress (1998, NM-01); managed Sanford Bishop's 1996 congressional campaign in GA-02; managed Max Cleland's 1994 campaign for Secretary of State; legislative assistant for Congressman Jim Davis (FL-11); deputy press secretary for Georgia's Secretary of State (Cleland and Lewis Massey); and campaign manager/general consultant for numerous legislative and local races (1990-2004).
 
National Mi Familia con Richardson Director John Gomez
(announced Nov. 14, 2007)  Gomez has over fifteen years of grassroots political and operational expertise.  Director of operations and Hispanic outreach for Jim Pederson's 2006 U.S. Senate race in Arizona.  He also has served as campaign manager for Arizona State Minority Whip Rep. Steve Gallardo's House and school board races and has directed campaigns for FieldWorks, Inc., SEIU, and ACORN.  Gomez has been very involved with the Arizona State Democratic Party as Precinct and State Committeeman and Vice Chair of Legislative District 10.  Native of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
 
Adopt-A-State Director/Volunteer Director Michelle Frost
"Richardson Roadrunners"...New Mexicans to other states.
 
Political Database Director/National Student Coordinator Aaron Trujillo

 
Senior Advisor Frank Costanzo
(National Constituency Director started in this role in late June 2007; earlier helped organize the campaign in Nevada) Costanzo runs FTC & Associates, Inc, a business and campaign consulting company.  Directed the 2006 Coordinated Campaign in Arizona after serving as campaign manager on the Patty Weiss for Congress 2006 primary campaign in Arizona's 8th CD (Weiss lost to Gabrielle Giffords).  Campaign manager on Paul Babbitt's 2004 campaign for Congress against Rick Renzi in Arizona's 1st CD.  Arizona director on Howard Dean's presidential campaign (started volunteering in March 2003; started July 15, 2003).  Since the mid-1980s he has done consulting work on start-ups and turn-arounds.  Served as educational coordinator for the Arizona Democratic Party, and as the party's finance chair.  Before moving to Arizona, Costanzo lived in New York, where he served two terms as a legislator from Chautauqua County and helped lead urban renewal efforts in City of Jamestown.  Costanzo also has military experience as a U.S. Army officer, including a stint as a Nike Hercules Missile Commander.  He earned a B.A.from St. Bonaventure University and an M.A. from Keane College of New Jersey.
 
 
National Political Advisor Andi Pringle

 
National Political Advisor Joe Johnson

 

FIELD OPERATIONS
Field Director Dan Sena
Deputy political director at the Democratic Governors' Association.  Previously managed day to day operations at Richardson's Moving America Forward PAC.  Worked at Sue Burnside & Associates in Los Angeles from 1998-2004.  B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Arizona.  Master's degree from GWU's Graduate School of Political Management, 1997.  Originally from Santa Fe, NM.
 
National Grassroots Director Jeff Gulko
Since 2001 Gulko has been involved in Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism consulting.  In October 2005 he and two others co-founded the independent America for Richardson website.  Special Assistant to Secretary Richardson at DOE from 1999-2001.  Deputy manager of the White House Athletic Initiative Against Drugs at ONDCP from 1998-99.
 
Deputy Field Director Raymond Glendening
(Sept. 1, 2007)  Previously a political action representative at AFSCME.
 

COMMUNICATIONS
Communications Director Pahl Shipley
Previously communications director and chief spokesperson in the Office of Governor Bill Richardson.  News Director at KOAT-TV in Albuquerque.  25-year award-winning veteran of television news.
 
Deputy Communications Director Katie Roberts
Served as public information officer for the New Mexico Economic Development Department through Sept. 2006, then worked on Tommy Moore's gubernatorial campaign in South Carolina.
 
National Press Secretary Tom Reynolds
(announced Aug. 30, 2007)  Reynolds previously served as the campaign's Iowa communications director (announced April 17, 2007).  He came to the campaign after serving as press secretary to Sen.Tom Harkin (D-IA).  Previously he worked as the communications director for Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA).  Earlier, according to The Hill, he worked for a public-affairs firm in Southern California.  Reynolds earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University, and he has completed most of the work towards Masterís degree in political management from The George Washington University.
 

POLICY/RESEARCH
Policy / Research Director Rick Minor
(started February 2007)  Chairman of the Leon County (Florida) Democratic Party, 2005-present.  Deputy field director (North Florida) for Florida Victory 2004 (Kerry-Edwards), 2004.  Policy director for the Florida Democratic Party, 2003-04.  Policy director for Bill McBride's Florida gubernatorial campaign, 2002; policy/research director for Janet Reno's Florida gubernatorial campaign, 2001-02.  M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  B.S. degree from the University of Florida.
 
 
Deputy Research Director Alexandra Sanchez

Mike Contarino, Ned Farquhar

Research Assistant/Intern Coordinator - Matt Hemmendinger
 

INTERNET
Internet Director Andrea Johnson
M.T.S. (Master's in Theological Studies-ethics and public values) from Harvard University, 1998; B.A. in sociology and policy studies from Rice University, 1995.
 
Internet Outreach Joaquin H. Guerra

 
Web Production Manager Seth Tanner
Independent website consultant.  Web specialist at the Democratic National Committee, Sept. 2005-Nov. 2006.  Deputy executive director of College Democrats of America, July 2004-Aug. 2005.  Working towards a Master's from GSPM at The George Washington University.  B.A. in political communications from The George Washington University, 2006.
 

SCHEDULING
Scheduling/Trip Director Sean Marcus

 
Briefing and Call Time Director Vicente Salazar

Juan Carlos Martinez
 

FINANCE
Senior Finance Advisor Jennifer Yocham Poersch
JYP Consulting.  Worked for the DSCC, including a stint as senior adviser to chairwoman, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).  A deputy finance director on the 2004 Lieberman campaign.
 
Co-National Finance Director Colleen Turrentine  (fmrly Colleen McCarthy)
Fundraiser for Richardson's 2006 re-election campaign.  Previously national fundraising director for the Democratic Leadership Council.  Worked finance on Joe Lieberman's presidential campaign but left in Oct. 2003.  Graduate of St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana.
 
Co-National Finance Director Linnea Dyer
Previously director of strategic planning at the Center for American Progress.  Prior to joining American Progress, she served as director of major gifts for the League of Conservation Voters.  Before that, Dyer managed the national finance staff of Howard Dean's presidential campaign as deputy finance director.  Director of development for the New Democrat Network. At the DNC for the 2000 election cycle and later served as regional finance director for the DNC.  Dyer got her start in Georgia Democratic politics.  Graduated from Oglethorpe College in Atlanta.  Native of Nashville, Tennessee.
...Poersch, Turrentine and Dyer in Washington, DC.
 
East Finance Director Jackie Brot
From New York City.  Did fundraising for Richardson's 2006 re-election campaign.  Previously finance director for the New York State Democratic Party.  NYC finance director on Joe Lieberman's presidential campaign but left in Oct. 2003.  In NYC worked as finance director for a City Council member and a State Senator.  Graduate of Tufts University, 2001.
 
No. Cal., WA and OR Finance Director Adam Steinhorn
Previously a regional finance director for Sen. Evan Bayh's All America PAC.  Trader/junior portfolio manager at Polaris Advisors, LP.  Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
 
So. Cal. Finance Director Vince Lazalde

Road Show
Valerie Chraca, Katherine Dey, Paul Schnaitter, Roshan Patel, Yasine Mogharreban

More Finance
Dennis Wu, Meredith Kaufman, Remy Onstad, Eliot Williamson and Jay Schroeder

NEW MEXICO FINANCE TEAM
New Mexico Finance Director Meredith Dixon
Bernalillo County field director and then a New Mexico fundraiser on Richardson for Governor, 2005-06.  In Fall 2004 served as a field organizer on the New Mexico Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Worked in Pittsburgh, PA and nationally for Citizens for Global Solutions, a grassroots membership organization working for increased U.S. support for international treaties and institutions.  M.A. in international political economy from the University of Pittsburgh, 2003.  B.A. in global policy studies from Chatham College, 1999.
 
Deputy NM Finance Director Tiffany Deinzer
Experience includes organizer at the New Hampshire Democratic Party and finance assistant at Paula Hollinger for Congress.  Graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

More NM Finance
Steve Fitzer, Abigail Campbell, Lara Robert, Wolf Scott-Cohen
 

also note
National Finance Chair Ambassador Edward L. Romero
(announced June 12, 2007)  Founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Advanced Sciences, Inc., an international environmental engineering and waste management corporation that merged with Commodore Applied Technologies, Inc.  U.S .Ambassador to Spain and concurrently as U.S. Ambassador to Andorra, 1998 until June 2001.  Korean War veteran.  Served on the national finance committees for Presidents Carter and Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
 

COMPLIANCE
Chief Financial Officer/Compliance Director Tara Geise
Experience includes finance and compliance director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
 
Deputy Finance Officer Tasha Caldwell
Compliance Consultant Whitney Burns
IT Director Charles Compton
Contribution Manager Anthony Sedillo
Director of Legal Compliance Douglas Carver

More Compliance
Carlo Tenorio, Emily Elliott, Aryan Showers, Ana Canales and Brigid Meehan
 
 

SENIOR ADVISORS
Mike Stratton - President of Stratton & Associates a Denver based consulting firm originally founded in 1980.  Stratton has served in senior roles in several Democratic presidential campaigns and is a long-time senior political advisor to Richardson.

Jeff Eller - President and CEO of Public Strategies, Inc. in Austin; joined the firm in 1994.  Veteran of the Clinton 1992 campaign and the White House where he served as deputy assistant to the president and director of media affairs.

Joe Velasquez - "Richardson's advisor on labor and political affairs."  Velasquez was the head of the Department of Community Service for the AFL-CIO.  Former DNC staffer and a deputy director of political affairs for President Bill Clinton.

Calvin Humphrey - Has worked with Richardson for many years as his foreign policy advisor, traveling to Iraq and most recently, Sudan on hostage rescue and other missions.  Humphrey served as the Democratic Staff Director, Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives and previously was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of International Affairs.

Rick Hernandez - President and CEO of the Metec Group, a financial consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.  Served on the senior White House staff of President Carter and was Counselor to Vice President Al Gore for his Reinventing Government program.  He also served as Chief of Operations at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
 
Senior Advisor for Women's Issues Martha Burk, Ph.D.
(announced March 29, 2007)  Co-founder of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy, a research and policy analysis organization in Washington, DC.  Currently the Money editor for Ms. Magazine, a syndicated newspaper columnist, and a political columnist for Tompaine.com.  Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations from 2000-05, where she spearheaded the effort to open Augusta National Golf Club to women.  Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
 
 
 
Senior Pollster Paul Maslin
(announced April 9, 2007)  Senior partner at Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates.  Maslin has advised six presidential candidates, a dozen U.S. Senators, and scores of Governors, mayors and members of Congress.  He was the pollster and one of the key strategists in Howard Dean's 2003-04 run for President.  Graduated from Harvard College in 1978.  Lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Pollster Andre Pineda
Founder and President of Pineda Consulting, a California-based, Latino-owned firm specializing in political polling and strategic communications.  Pineda has over 15 years of experience working for some of the biggest names in the political consulting business - Peter Hart, Geoff Garin, Fred Yang, Rich Schlackman, and Stan Greenberg.
 
 
Media Steve Murphy and Mark Putnam
Co-founders of Murphy Putnam Media.
Previously Murphy was a partner and earlier an associate at Fenn-King-Murphy-Putnam. He was Dick Gephardt's National Campaign Manager in 2003-04 and managed his Iowa caucus campaign in 1988.
Previously Putnam was a partner and earlier an associate at Fenn-King-Murphy-Putnam.  He has been a media consultant and campaign strategist for over two decades. Putnam has written, directed, and produced over 1,000 commercials for campaigns in 46 states, including helping elect five Governors, six U.S. Senators, and dozens of members of the U.S. House.
 
 
Direct Mail Fundraising Suzanne Cole Nowers
Founder (2004) and CEO of Nexus Direct, direct marketing firm; clients include the DSCC.
 
 
General Counsel James Lamb
Of counsel at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP.  Experience as a campaign manager for federal and state candidates.  Minority Counsel for the U.S. Senate, Governmental Affairs Committee, Special Investigation of Illegal or Improper Activity in Connection with the 1996 Federal Election Campaign.  J.D. from Wayne State University, 1995.  Undergraduate degree from University of Michigan, 1987.

Support
National Native American Advisory Council (Aug. 24, 2007)

Endorsements of former Congressmen (July 26, 2007)
Sam Coppersmith (D-AZ), Elizabeth Furse (D-OR), Ken Holland (D-SC), Ronnie Flippo (D-AL), Bill Hefner (D-NC), Buddy Darden (D-GA), Don Bonker (D-WA), Bob Carr (D-MI)

Latino support (June 30, 2007)
 


"We had organized steering committees in 36 states..." - Gov. Bill Richardson, Jan. 10, 2008 announcing end of candidacy.
Iowa
State Director Rob Becker
(announced April 17, 2007)  Becker has spent over 15 years in Democratic politics throughout the United States as a campaign manager and senior strategist working for presidential, gubernatorial, mayoral, congressional and Senate candidates.  In 2006 he managed Phyllis Busansky's campaign in Florida's 9th CD.  In Fall 2004 he was field director for America Coming Together (ACT) in Florida.  He ran Polk County for Sen. Bill Bradleyís Iowa caucus campaign in 1999-2000.
see Iowa page >>
 

New Hampshire
State Director Janis S. Hahn
(announced May 31, 2007)  Hahn came to the campaign from Colorado, where she was sole proprietor of Hahn and Associates, LLC, focusing on helping school districts in Colorado and California to pass general obligation bond and mill levies for school facility improvement.  State director of the Coalition for a Better Colorado, which targeted 23 state legislative seats for the Democrats; and Colorad director for Gov. Richardsonís Moving America Forward.  Moved to Colorado in 2004.  Ran the Democrats' coordinated campaign in the northeast Los Angeles area in 1996 and 2000.  For fifteen years she created, wrote and/or produced award winning syndicated radio programs, including a daily commentary for the Rev. Jesse Jackson.  Hahn has been involved in the political campaigns of family members Kenneth Hahn (Los Angeles County Supervisor for decades), James Hahn for Los Angeles City Attorney and Mayor, and Janice Hahn, current Los Angeles City Councilwoman.
see New Hampshire page >>
 

Nevada
State Director Roberta Lange
(announced March 8, 2007)   Finance director on Dina Titus' gubernatorial campaign in 2006.  Her experience includes several congressional and statewide campaigns. Deputy campaign manager for Sen. Harry Reid's 1998 re-election campaign.  Taught at Durango High School in Las Vegas, 1997-98.  Moved to Nevada in 1995.  Started her political career after being elected president of her local teacherís union while teaching physical education in Washington State.
see Nevada page >>
 

South Carolina
State Director Lachlan McIntosh
(Feb. 23, 2007 SCDP press release)  Leaving position as executive director of the South Carolina Democratic Party to join the campaign.  Fifteen years of experience in SC politics.  SCDP executive director from 2005-March 2, 2007; also campaign manager for Robert Barber for Lt. Governor in 2006 (the second closest general election in South Carolina history).  Lowcountry/Coastal field coordinator on Sen. John Edwards' 2004 SC primary campaign (started with the campaign in June 2003).  Has served as an aide to Gov. Jim Hodges and has held positions for former US Sen. Fritz Hollings, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, and former Attorney General Travis Medlock.  First staff position was with Tom Harkinís presidential campaign in 1992.
see South Carolina page >>
 

More States
Arizona
Honorary Chairman Congressman Ed Pastor
(announced May 2, 2007)  Elected to Congress on Sept. 24, 1991; sworn in Oct. 3.  Elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 1976 and went on to serve three more terms before resigning in May1991 to run for Congress.  A member of Governor Raul Castro's staff.  J.D. from ASU in 1974.  Taught chemistry at North High School.  B.A. in chemistry from Arizona State University, 1966.  Arizona native; born in the mining community of Claypool.
 
Co-Chair Former State Senator Sandra Kennedy
(announced May 2, 2007)  Owns a restaurant.  Elected to the State Senate in 1992, served for six years; elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1986, served for six years.  Also served as a member of the Phoenix Union High School Board for four years.
 
Co-Chair State Representative Kyrsten Sinema 
(announced May 2, 2007)  First elected to the State Legislature in 2004; practices criminal defense law in Phoenix and is an adjunct professor.  Previously a social worker in the Washington School District.  J.D. and a Masterís degree in social work from Arizona State University.
 
Co-Chair Minority Whip Steve Gallardo
(announced May 2, 2007)  Elected to the State House of Representatives representing District 13 (Southwest Phoenix, City of Tolleson, Glendale and Avondale) in 2002.  Previously Campaign Finance Administrator for Maricopa County Elections Department for 14 years.  Fourth generation Arizona native.
see Arizona page >>
 

Arkansas
Co-Chair Former State Rep. and State Sen. Kevin Smith
(announced May 18, 2007)  Former state senator; Helena.  Aide to U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers; aide to then Gov. Bill Clinton in the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Commission.
 
Co-Chair State Representative Tommy Baker
(announced May 18, 2007)  Serving his first term; represents District 55.  Previously served as an alderman on the Osceola City Council.
see Arkansas page >>
 

California
endorsed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina (announced May 11, 2007)
see California page >>
 

Colorado
State Director and Spokesman J.W. Postal
(announced Feb. 21, 2007)  Owns and operates HCM Group, a Broomfield, CO based pension and investment consulting business.  been active in many statewide and local campaigns and was very involved in the effort to attract the 2008 Democratic National Convention to Denver.  Member of the Democratic National Committee and vice-chair of the DNC's Western Caucus.
see Colorado page >>
 

Georgia
Co-Chair Former State Senator Sam Zamarripa
(announced May 18, 2007)  A Managing Partner of Heritage Capital Advisors, which provides investment banking services.  In 2002 Zamarripa became the first Hispanic elected to the Georgia Senate; he represented District 36 (Atlanta) but did not seek re-election in 2006.  M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University.  Undergraduate degree from New College in Sarasota, Florida.
 
Co-Chair Former Congressman George "Buddy" Darden
(announced May 18, 2007)  Sought the Democratic nomination for Congress in 2002.  Elected to Congress in a special election in 1983, re-elected until defeated in 1996. Georgia state house of representatives, 1980-83.  Cobb County district attorney, 1973-76.  Cobb County assistant district attorney, 1968-72.  J.D. from University of Georgia in Athens, 1967.  A.B. from University of Georgia in Athens, 1965.
see Georgia page >>
 

Illinois
Co-Chair Christine Cegelis
2004 Democratic nominee for Congress in Illinois' 6th CD; ran again in 2006 but lost the primary to Tammy Duckworth.  Worked for United Airlines for about a year, then started her own business.  Worked for Eastern Airlines in 1975-83.  B.A. in international relations and public administration from Florida State University.
 
Co-Chair Mike Fourcher
Founder of Purely Political Consulting.  Senior associate at The Haymarket Group in Chicago starting in Dec. 2003.  Worked as a research analyst at the Energy Center of Wisconsin, then as a project assistant on the LEAP Program in Madison while obtaining M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003.  Chief of Staff, Office of Policy at U.S. Department of Energy; started at DOE in 1998 as personal scheduler/advance person. Campaign manager on Bill O'Donaghue for Cook County Commissioner (Feb. 1998).  Legislative assistant/systems administrator for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.  Assistant field director on the Pennsylvania Democratic Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 1996.  Program director at the Biomass Energy Alliance in Washington, DC, 1995-96.  B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, MA, 1995.
see Illinois page >>
 

Kansas
endorsements (announced Oct. 3, 2007)
David Haley, State Senator
Jim McClinton, Former Mayor of Topeka
Louis Ruiz, State Representative

Maine
endorsements (announced Oct. 3, 2007)
John Connors, President- Labor Council for Latino American Advancement
Boyd Marley, State Representative

Maryland
endorsements
(announced Oct. 3, 2007) Bobby Zirkin, State Representative
(announced Dec. 12, 2007) former Gov. Parris Glendening - served two terms as Governor of Maryland from 1994 to 2002.  (note Glendening's son Raymond is deputy field director on the campaign)

Massachusetts
endorsement (announced Oct. 3, 2007) Matthew Albanese, Bridgewater Selectman

Minnesota
endorsements (announced Oct. 3, 2007)
Irene Auginaush, White Earth Tribal Councilwoman
Kevin Leecy, Bois Forte Tribal Chairman

New Mexico
endorsed by the All Indian Pueblo Council (announced Oct. 31, 2007)

Oklahoma
State Director Jim East
(announced March 19, 2007)  Currently East is vice president, airport and government relations for the Tulsa-based Vanguard Car Rental USA Inc. (Alamo and National).  He served as chief of staff to Tulsa Mayor Susan Savage for 10 years.  Previously, he was a reporter, editor, and editorial writer at various newspapers in both Oklahoma and New York.   East is an Oklahoma native.  He is married to Kim Holland, Oklahomaís State Insurance Commissioner.

Pennsylvania
endorsement (announced Oct. 3, 2007) Juan Ramos, Philadelphia City Councilman

Tennessee
endorsements (announced Oct. 3, 2007)
Dave Cooley, Former Deputy Governor
Zoyle Jones, President- Tennessee State Employees Association
Tommy Kilby, State Senator
Bill Mason, Former Senior Staffer to Vice President Al Gore
Anna Belle Clement O'Brien, former State Representative, former State Senator, and sister of former Governor Frank Clement
Kevin Sharp, Civil Rights Lawyer

Texas
endorsements of 22 prominent elected officials, Democratic activists, and community leaders (announced May 18, 2007)
see Texas page >>

Utah
Utah Steering Committee (announced July 13, 2007)
Co-Chair  -  Peter Corroon, Mayor, Salt Lake County
Co-Chair  -  Ross Romero, Senator, Utah State Senate
Co-Chair  -  Rocky Anderson, Mayor, Salt Lake City
more  see Utah page >>

Vermont
endorsement (announced Oct. 3, 2007) Jim Condon, State Representative

Washington
endorsements (announced Oct. 3, 2007)
Don Barlow, State Representative
Rosalinda Guillen, Hispanic/Latino Caucus Chair

Wyoming
endorsements (announced Oct. 3, 2007)
Floyd Esquibel, State Representative
Ivan Posey, Eastern Shoshone Tribal Chair
 

old info:



RICHARDSON FOR GOVERNOR (re-election campaign)
Chairman Dave Contarino
Chief of staff in the Governor's office from the start of his administration through April 2006; started with Richardson in Oct. 2001 directing his exploratory committee.  Owner, with his wife, of Southwest Title and Escrow Inc. in Santa Fe; they opened the business in 1995, and he continued to work it until starting in the Governor's office.  Senior advisor on Sen. Bingaman's 2000 re-election campaign.  Managed Phil Maloof's 1998 general election campaign for Congress against Heather Wilson (R) in NM's 1st CD.  Managed Sen. Jeff Bingamanís re-election campaign against Colin McMillan in 1994.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. George Brown (D-CA) in the early 1990s.  Managed at least one congressional campaign.  Worked at the Democratic National Committee.  Graduate of Cornell University, 1983.  Interned for Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-CO).  Native of Massachusetts.
 
 
Campaign Manager Amanda Cooper
Oversaw Richardson's political action committee Moving America Forward.  Managed Richard Romeroís unsuccessful run for Congress in New Mexico's 1st CD in 2002.  Managed Udall's 2000 re-election campaign.  Managed the successful 1998 campaign of her father, then state attorney general Tom Udall, for Congress in NM's 3rd CD, defeating Republican Rep. Bill Redmond.  Managed Cate Stetson's 1995 campaign to become chair of the NM Democratic Party.
 
 
Pollster Greenberg Quinlan Rosner

 
Media Murphy Putnam Schorr & Partners LLC

 

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Chief of Staff James Jimenez
(announced April 17, 2006)  Formerly Secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration since Jan. 2003.  Administrator for the City of Rio Rancho in 1999-Jan. 2003; finance Director for the City of Rio Rancho for 3 1/2 years starting in 1995.  Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration for one year.  Economic analyst for the Legislative Finance Committee.  Economic analyst for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, 1986-89.  B.A. in Economics from the University of New Mexico and M.P.A. also from the University of New Mexico.  Native New Mexican.
 
 

DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATION
Deputy Political Director - Dan Sena.
Worked for Richardson's PAC Moving America Forward.
 

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