On January 2, 2003, Sen. Edwards announced formation of a presidential
exploratory committee. Edwards for President, Inc. is headquartered
in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nick Baldick, a former top Gore operative,
is the campaign manager. Sen. Edwards formally announced his candidacy
on September 16, 2003.
|Edwards for President,
Edwards for President, Inc. New Hampshire
(Started Feb. 1, 2003)
Served as State Senator representing Rochester, Somersworth, Barrington
and Nottingham from 1996-2002. Political director for Vice President
Al Gore's 2000 New Hampshire primary campaign. Served on the Rochester
School Board for 11 years, including ten years as chair.
|New Hampshire State Director
(Started April 1, 2003)
Deputy campaign manager on Martha Fuller Clark's 2002 congressional campaign.
|Deputy State Director
(Started March 1, 2003)
Communications director for Gov. Jeanne Shaheen's U.S. Senate campaign
in 2002. Previously (and for several months after the 2002 campaign)
press secretary for the NHDP. Prior to that he lived in Washington,
DC and worked as a producer for The McLaughlin Group and press secretary
to Congressman Jim Turner (D-TX). He also served as press secretary
to Texas congressional candidate Loy Sneary.
||Colin Van Ostern
(Started July 1, 2003)
Research Director for the Florida Democratic Party in 2002. Worked
on Al Gore's NH primary campaign in 2000, then in Nashville for the general
|Deputy Press Secretary
(Announced Feb. 10, 2003, started
June 1, 2003) Worked as Laconia (Lakes) regional field director for Gore's
2000 NH primary campaign and as statewide field director in Tennessee for
the general election. Master's degree from Oxford University (1999).
Experience on campaigns in Georgia, Florida and New York.
(Announced May 8, 2003)
Worked as a field director for Iowa congressional candidate Ann Hutchinson's
campaign in fall 2002; coordinated field efforts in Norther Illinois for
Rod Blagojevich's 2002 gubernatorial campaign; master's degree from the
London School of Economics.
|Deputy Field Director
(Announced as Manchester Area
Regional Field Coordinator on May 8, 2003 and worked in that position for
some months) Left position as deputy director at the NHDP to join the campaign;
a regional field director for the New Hampshire Democrats' 2002 Coordinated
Campaign, then worked on Sen. Landrieu's runoff in Louisiana.
|Voter Contact Administrator
(Announced as Concord Area Regional
Field Coordinator on May 8, 2003 and worked in that position for some months)
A regional field director for New Hampshire Democrats' 2002 Coordinated
Campaign, then worked on the Landrieu runoff.
F I E L D O F
F I C E S
Previously worked in the national
Edwards headquarters in Raleigh, NC. Graduate of Princeton University.
(Regional Field Coordinators
announced May 8, 2003; most started in June)
Manchester Area Regional
Field Coordinator: Pauly Rodney
Graduate of Catawba College
in North Carolina.
Dover - 537 Central Avenue
Worked in the office of former
Clinton aide Harold Ickes, serving as liaison with Sen. Hillary Rodham
Strafford County Regional
Field Coordinator: Mazie Kukachka
Keene - 25 West Street
From Brown University; president
of Brown College Democrats; organized student campaign efforts for Jeanne
Shaheen's 2002 U.S. Senate campaign and Bill Bradley's 2000 NH primary
Western New Hampshire Regional
Field Coordinator: James Katz
Concord - 18 N. Main Street, Suite 205
From Whiteville, NC. Graduated
from UNC-Charlotte and worked for the University of North Carolina before
moving to New Hampshire.
Concord Area Regional Field
Coordinator: Bo Memory
Nashua - 80 Main Street
Worked on New Hampshire Democrats'
2002 Coordinated Campaign, then worked on the Landrieu runoff. Previously
an elementary school teacher in California.
Nashua Area Regional Field
Coordinator: Clarinda Landeros
Portsmouth - 31 Vaughn Mall
Worked as volunteer coordinator
for Martha Fuller Clark's 2002 congressional campaign. Previously
worked on Democratic campaigns in Wisconsin.
Seacoast Regional Field
Coordinator: Paul Dunn
Laconia - 17 Messer
Worked on New Hampshire Democrats'
2002 Coordinated Campaign; previous work on campaigns in Oregon and Oklahoma.
Lakes and North Country
Regional Field Coordinator: Christy Cunningham
Londonderry - 75 Gilcrest Road, Suite
Southern Tier Field Coordinator:
A North Carolina native.
Worked on Edwards' PAC while completing law degree at North Carolina Central
(Start June 1, 2003) Director
of scheduling for Gov. Shaheen during her 2002 U.S. Senate campaign, and
worked in Shaheen's office during her last term as governor; field staff
of Shaheen's 2000 re-election campaign.
Taking a semester off from Georgetown
University to work on the campaign. Native of Dartmouth, MA.
(Officially started April 1,
2003; helping out before then) In 2002 worked on then Sen. Caroline
McCarley's re-election effort.
Heidbrink came to NH from Dallas,
TX, where he worked on the Sanchez gubernatorial campaign in 2002.
Formerly taught history. Graduate of Boston College.
UNH graduate; from Weyland,
|Director of Operations
(started week of Nov. 3, 2003)
Worked in the Clinton administration starting in the early 1990s; worked
at AOL; managed a private consulting firm.
|Chief of Staff
(announced Dec. 11, 2003)
Chairman: Sen. Lou D'Allesandro
Co-Chair: Rep. Sharon Nordgren
Co-Chair: Sen. Joe Foster
-On January 25, 2005 former
U.S. Sen. John Durkin announced his endorsement of Sen. Edwards, after
having withdrawn his backing from Dean the previous week.
-On January 22, 2004, the
campaign announced endorsements of five State Reps and other prominent
-On December 9, 2003 the
campaign launched "Educators
for Edwards" with letter to 8,000 teachers.
-On October 30, 2003 the
campaign announced the endorsement of Sen. Lou D'Allesandro (Manchester-Dist.
-The campaign announced the
names of 157
new supporters on September 15, 2003.
-The campaign announced the
names of 34
activists supporting Sen. Edwards on May 2, 2003.
-On April 24, 2003 the campaign
announced the names of several Upper Valley supporters: State Rep. Sharon
Nordgren, Deputy Democratic Leader in the New Hampshire House; Scott Pauls,
Vice-Chairman of the Upper Valley Democrats and an assistant professor
of Mathematics at Dartmouth; and Dr. Rob Nordgren, Chair of the Grantham
Democratic Committee and son of Rep. Nordgren.
-In January 2003 the campaign
announced its first
lists of supporters. On January 17, 2003 the campaign announced
nine supporters from Concord. On January 21, 2003 the campaign announced
seven supporters from the Nashua area and seven supporters from greater
Team Edwards in Action
Director Laura Waters (10/11/03)
Field (10/6-10/11/03): Concord,
advertising Sen. Edwards August 2003 Real Solutions Tour (Exeter, 10/03)
Visit to Edwards for President New Hampshire Headquarters (05/03)
Space: The Edwards campaign looked at more than
a dozen spaces before settling on 967 Elm Street. For example, the
campaign considered a warehouse on the Westside similar to the Dean and
Kerry spaces, but it would have had to build out the space, which seemed
like a lot of work said press secretary Colin Van Ostern. After weighing
factors such as size, handicap accessibility, ability to handle a large
number of volunteers, capacity for phone lines the campaign decided on
the Elm Street location. The campaign has the entire third floor,
about 4,000 square feet organized into a maze of rooms; windows provide
lots of natural light. "The location is ideal...literally a block
from City Hall," stated Van Ostern, noting also that it is right above
the popular Fusion Coffee Shop. The campaign moved in May 1.