updated November 10, 2019)
Candidate Amy Klobuchar timeline
Husband John Bessler
Campaign Manager Justin Buoen
(Feb. 2019) Partner at New Partners from Jan. 2013. Campaign manager and deputy campaign manager on Klobuchar's 2012 re-election, Dec. 2010-Dec. 2012 and first worked on her 2006 campaign. Worked on Mark Dayton's 2014 and 2010 gubernatorial campaigns, John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's re-election. Field organizer in Blaine for the Kerry/DFL campaign. B.S. in political science from University of St. Thomas. twitter
Deputy Campaign Manager Julia S.
(Feb. 2019) Most recently worked on Sen. Tammy
Baldwin (WI)'s 2018 re-election campaign, Previous experience at
the DSCC and DCCC and has worked on campaigns in her native state of
Ohio, as well as Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and North
2019) Chief of staff in Klobuchar's Senate office, Aug. 2017-Feb.
2019. Head of communications at the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave
Goldberg Family Foundation, Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017. Deputy Assistant
U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, Apr. 2015-Aug.
2016. Deputy chief of staff, communications director, press
secretary to Sen. Klobuchar, 2011-15. Senior advisor on Mark
Dayton for Minnesota, Sept.-Nov. 2014. Deputy press secretary for
regional media for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications
Center, Jan.-June. 2011. Deputy press secretary to U.S. Sen. Mark
Pryor, 2009-11. Press secretary on U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson's (SD)
re-election campaign, June-Nov. 2008. Bachelor's degree from
Harvard University, 2008.
(Feb. 2019) Attorney at Greene Espel
PLLP from Feb. 2019. A candidate for Minnesota Attorney General
but withdrew before the Aug. 2018 primary. St. Paul city attorney
from mid-April 2015. Minnesota state director and counsel on the
Senate Judiciary Committee to Sen. Klobuchar. Joined the law firm
of Green Espel in 2009. Clerked for Hon. Michael J. Davis, who at
the time was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for
the District of Minnesota. J.D. from Yale Law School, 2008;
undergraduate degree from Harvard College, 2005.
(Feb. 2019) Co-founder (2003) and
executive director for seven years of Wellstone Action, a
501(c)(4). Minnesota state director on Obama's 2012 and 2008
campaigns. Senior advisor to Amy Klobuchar’s U.S. Senate campaign
in 2006. Oversaw get-out-the-vote efforts in Minnesota for
Kerry/Edwards in 2004. Thirteen years as a senior aide, advisor,
and campaign manager to the late Sen. Paul Wellstone; ran all three of
Wellstone’s Senate races. Began his career as a community
organizer working with family farmers during the farm crisis of the
1980s. M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; B.A.
from Carleton College, 1983. twitter
Director Lucinda Ware
(announced Apr. 22,
president/partner at the Democratic media firm SWAY from May
2017. Director of outreach on Pete Buttigieg's campaign for DNC
chair, Feb.-Apr. 2017. Political director on Van Hollen for
Senate (MD), Apr. 2015-Nov. 2016. Director of civic engagement
for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Office of Neighborhoods,
Jan.-Apr. 2015. Regional field director for Baltimore City on
Anthony Brown for Governor, Mar.-Nov. 2014. Special assistant
(July 2013-Mar. 2014) and intergovernmental affairs assistant (Apr.
2011-July 2013) in the Office of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. M.P.A.
in crisis/emergency/disaster management from University of Baltimore;
B.A. in urban studies/public policy from Dillard University.
National Ballot Access Director Kieran McCarney
Saint Paul-based political consultant. Campaign
manager on John Stalnaker for Legislature and Greg Hosch for
Legislature (NE), July-Nov. 2014. Campaign manager on Brad
Ashford for Congress, Feb.-May 2014. Canvass director for
NSEA/Fieldworks, May-Nov. 2014. Communications director for the
Nebraska State AFL-CIO, Jan. 2013-Feb. 2014. Field director on
John Ewing for Congress, June-Nov. 2012. Executive director of
the Douglas County Democratic Party, May 2011-June 2012.
(announced Apr. 22,
manager on Harley Rouda for Congress (Orange County, CA), Sept.
2017-Nov. 2018. Account executive at Mack-Sumner Communications,
July-Nov. 2016. Campaign manager on Pat Murphy for Congress
(IA-01), Jan.-June 2016. Associate at Crossroads Campaigns, June
2013-Dec. 2015. Political project advisor for Lillie
Schechter Consulting and PinPoint Public Affair, May 2012-Apr.
2013. Camapign manager on Donna O'Connor for State Rep. (OH),
Jan.-Mar. 2012. Campaign manager on Babur Lateef for Chair (VA),
Dec. 2010-Nov. 2011. Campaign manager on Walt Waite for State
Rep., Aug.-Nov. 2010. Regional field director for Minnesota DFL,
Mar.-Aug. 2010. Deputy finance director on Ken Lewis for U.S.
Senate (NC), Jan.-Mar. 2010. Deputy campaign manager and director
of field operations on Jeanette Rishell for Delegate, June-Nov.
2009. Bachelor's degree in political science and diplomacy and
international relations from Seton Hall University.
Early States Director John Davis
Campaign manager on Friends of John Delaney (to Aug. 2019); started as senior advisor (announcedon Sept. 20, 2017). Founding partner of the Des Moines based bipartisan polling firm Red America Blue America (RABA) Research. Des Moines office of New Partners. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (IA), 2009-14. Deputy chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2009. Traveling chief of staff on John Edwards for President campaign in 2007. Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell (IA)'s 2004 re-election. Iowa native. Also served as U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY)’s chief of staff, and as a committee staffer to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA).
Field and Political Enid Swaggert
Outreach director/political director on Tim Walz for
Governor from Feb. 2018. Campaign manager on Ryan Winkler for Attorney
General, Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018. Field director on Jacob Frey for
Minneapolis, Apr.-Nov. 2017. Political director on Nolan for
Congress, Dec. 2016-Apr. 2017. Field and constituent service
representative, grants coordinator for U.S. Rep. Nolan, Dec. 2014-Dec.
2016. Financial assistant on Nolan for Congress, May-Nov.
2014. Studied at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
VAN Administrator Hannah Slovut
(Apr. 2019) Deputy field director (Aug.-Nov.
2018) and organizing/training director (Jan.-Aug. 2018) on Angie Craig
for Congress/Minnesota DFL. Campaign manager on Phillip Cunningham for
Minneapolis, Aug.-Dec. 2017. B.A. in political science from
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2019.
Communications Director Tim Hogan
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) National press
secretary for The Hub Project from Mar. 2017. Rapid response
spokesman on Hillary for America (from June 2016); earlier
communications director for the Arizona and Kentucky primaries, and
started as communications director on the Nevada caucus campaign in
April 2015. Communications advisor to U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
(HI), Jan-Apr. 2015. Deputy chief of staff and communications
director to U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford (NV), Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015; also
press secretary on Horsford for Congress in 2012 and 2014.
Director of social media for the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, Sept.
2011-March 2012. Press secretary on Kate Marshall for Congress in
NV-02 special election. Senate Democrats caucus communications
director, Dec. 2010-July 2011. Campaign manager for Nevada Senate
Democrats, April-Dec. 2010. Press assistant and outreach
coordinator for the Earth Day Network, Jan.-April 2010. Press
assistant/intern to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) Sept. 2009-Jan.
2010. Degree in political science, international relations and
affairs from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2008. twitter
Deputy Communications Director Will McDonald
Communications director on Friends of John Delaney to Sept 2019 (Jewish Insider's Ben Jacobs reported on Oct. 1 he had cut ties w/ the campaign); started working for Delaney in 2011. Ph.D. in English from University of Iowa. twitter
National Press Secretary Carlie Waibel
(Feb. 2019) Senior spokesperson on Andrew Gillum
for Governor (FL). Communications director on Bill Nelson for
U.S. Senate, April-Sept. 2018. Press secretary in the Office of
Sen. Bill Nelson, Aug. 2017-March 2018. Public affairs-New
England for Uber Technologies, Jul. 2015-Aug. 2017. Deputy
communications director on Charlie Crist for Governor, July-Nov.
2014. Government relations at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Jan.
2013-July 2014. Deputy communications director for the Minnesota
DFL, July 2011-Feb. 2012. Field organizer on Jim Meffert for
Congress, June-Nov. 2010. Undergraduate degree from University of
St. Thomas, 2011. From Minnesota. twitter
Director of Rapid Response Max Steele
(May 2019) Communications director on Bob Casey
for Senate (PA), Apr.-Nov. 2018. Senior communications advisor to
the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Mar. 2017-Mar. 2018.
Communications director (July 2015-Mar. 2017) and press secretary (May
2013-July 2015) at the Florida Democratic Party. Press secretary
on Alex Sink for Congress (FL), Jan.-Mar. 2014. Press assistant
at the Florida Democratic Party, Feb. -May 2013; research assistant
FDP/Bill Nelson for Senate, May-Nov. 2012; research assistant on a U.S.
House race, Mar.-May 2012. B.S. in political science and history
from Florida State University, 2012. twitter
(Feb. 2019) Digital director on Tammy Baldwin for Senate, April 2017-Nov. 2018. DFreeputy digital director on Maggie for NH, Jan.-Nov. 2016. Account executive at Fenton, May 2015-Jan. 2016. Field organizer in Davenport for the Iowa Democratic Party, Aug.Nov. 2014. Postgraduate fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, July 2013-June 2014. B.A. in English, women's studies from Duke University, 2013. twitter
Research Director Anjan Mukherjee
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) Comes to the campaign
from position as research director to the Democratic Legislative
Campaign Committee (DLCC). Previously research director at the League
of Conservation Voters from April 2015. Research director on
Chris Coons for Delaware, April 2014-Feb. 2015. Research
assistant to Sen. Chris Coons, 2013-April 2014. Research
associate at the DSCC, Feb. 2011-Dec. 2012. Research assistant at
New Partners Consulting, Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011. Intern to U.S. Rep.
Chris Van Hollen, Sept. 2009-Jan. 2010. B.A. in music from
Davidson College, 2009.
infrastructure | mental health | supporting farmers | first 100 days | education | seniors | affordable housing | agricultural and rural communities
combating hate and domestic terrorism | climate change | workers rights/unions | veterans | post-secondary education
Policy Director Rosa Po
(Feb. 2019) Deputy chief of staff to Klobuchar
from Dec. 2016. A regional policy director on Hillary for
America, 2014-Nov. 2016. Policy advisor at the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, March 2011-Sept. 2013. Legislative
2007-Sept. 2008. J.D. from Yale Law School, 2016; MA and BA from
Deputy Poliicy Director Tommy Walker
(Apr. 2019) Deputy chief of staff (Jan.-Apr.
2019) and legislative director (May 2017-Jan. 2019) to U.S. Rep. Diana
DeGette (CO). Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar,
Oct. 2015-May 2017. Legislative assistant (Mar. 2012-Oct. 2015),
legislative aide (Apr. 2011-Mar. 2012), legislative correspondent (May
2010-Apr. 2011) and staff assistant (Oct. 2009-May 2010) for U.S. Rep.
Diana DeGette. M.S. in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins
University, 2013; B.A. in political science from Carleton College, 2008.
National Finance Director Michael Schultz
(Feb. 2019) Finance director on U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (MD)'s 2018 re-election campaign. Maryland and Delaware finance director on Hillary for America from April 2015. Southwest finance director at the DSCC, Jan.-April 2015. Finance director at Friends of Anthony Brown, April 2013-Dec. 2014. Development director at Berger Hirschberg Strategies, Nov. 2011-April 2013. Finance director at Jeff Anderson for Congress, June-Nov. 2011. LGBT outreach director and deputy scheduler at Citizens for Lisa Madigan, July 2010-Feb. 2011. Constituent services for U.S. Rep. Jan. Schakowsky, Aug. 2009-July 2010. Degree from DePaul University.
Deputy National Finance Director Elise
(Feb. 2019) Finance director on Klobuchar for
Minnesota, July 2017-Feb. 2019. Consultant at New Partners, March
2015-July 2017. Deputy finance director for the Minnesota DFL,
March 2012-March 2015. Finance consultant at The Southpaw Group,
July 2011-March 2012. Finance assistant on Jim Meffert for
Congress (Edina, MN), Jan.-Nov. 2010. Degree in international
affairs from University of Colorado at Boulder. twitter
Deputy National Finance Consultant Tina
(Feb. 2019) President of Campaign Finance
Consultants from 1991. Senior advisor to Engage Cuba,
2015-16. National finance director to Michelle Nunn,
2013-14. Senior advisor and Mid-Atlantic and Southeast finance
director to Forward Together FAC, 2006-08. Finance director to
Sen. Carl Levin, Feb. 1989-Dec. 1990. Campaign manager on Pooler
for Congress, Oct. 1987-Nov. 1988. Political assistant and
national fundraiser on Leahy for Senate, June 1985-June 1987.
Junior analyst/tabling supervisor at Peter Hart Research, July
1983-July 1985. B.A. in history and political science from
Binghampton University, 1980.
Midwest Finance Director Eli Wald
(Apr. 2019) Financial advisor at HLM Capital
Management Group, Dec. 2017-Apr. 2019. Regional
director-leadership and advocacy for AJC Global, June-Dec. 2017.
Chicago director (Aug. 2013-June 2017) and Texas, Louisiana and
Arkansas director (Sept. 20111-Aug. 2013) for AIPAC. Federal
lobbyist and assistant legislative director for AJC Global, Sept.
2008-Sept. 2011. Degree in Middle East politics and languages
(individual plan of study) from University of Illinois at
Finance Chief of Staff Mike Schmandt
(Mar. 2019) Fellow at No Labels, May 2018-Mar.
2019. B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University, 2018.
Director of Scheduling Asal Sayas
Most recently director of government affairs at amfAR,
the Foundation for AIDS Research. Worked as Sen. Klobuchar's
director of scheduling for three years.
Deputy Scheduler Grace Waltz
Special assistant on Tina Smith for Minnesota,
July-Nov. 2018. Deputy director for external relations to Gov.
Mark Dayton, Jan.-June 2018. Senior aide (Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018)
and scheduler (June 2016-Jan. 2017) to Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.
Bachelor's degree in political science and government, English from
University of St. Thomas, 2016.
Director of Operations Heidi Kraus Kaplan
Senior client services manager at Minneapolis-based
Synergetic Endeavors from Jan. 2017. Operations director (from
Jan. 2016) and events and conventions director (Jan. 2014-June 2015) at
the Minnesota DFL. Leadership assistant to Senate Majority Leader
Larry Pogemiller, Jan. 2010-Jan. 2011. Campaign manager on Mark
Dayton for a Better Minnesota, Jan.-July 2009. Political director
to Mark Dayton, Apr. 2007-Jan. 2009. A director on Hillary
Clinton's 2008 campaign. Director of communications and special
project to Sen. Mark Dayton, 2005-07. Surrogate director on
Kerry-Edwards (July-Nov. 2004) and field/political on John Kerry
for President (2003-04). Deputy field director at the New
Hampshire Democratic Party, 2001-02. Bachelor's degree in
history, political science from Glenville State College, 2000. twitter
Deputy Operations Director Rosa Colman
(Mar. 2019) Operations director for the
Minnesota DFL Coordinated Campaign, July-Dec. 2018. Deputy
campaign manager and operations director (Sept. 2017-June 2018) and
scheduling and advance director (Jan.-Aug. 2017) on Rebecca Otto for
Governor (MN). Deputy finance director on Terry Bonoff for
Congress (MN), May-Nov. 2016. Bachelor's degree in political
science, educational studies from Macalester College, 2016.
Reearch Advisor Fred Yang
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) Partner at Hart Research
Associates and founding principal of its political
division—Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group.
Media Advisors Roy Temple, Jay Howser and Andi Johnson, GPS Media
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) Principals at GPS Media.
Senior Advisor Pete Giangreco
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) Partner at The Strategy
Group's Chicago office. Longtime political advisor to Sen.
Klobuchar., including her 2006 race.
Special Assistant Hannah Grace McDonald
Executive assistant to the president at Grunwald Communications, Aug.
2017-Dec. 2018. Phone canvasser for NARAL Pro-Choice America,
Jan.-Oct. 2018. Deputy organizer on Danica Roem for Delegate,
July-Nov. 2017. B.S. in Earth and Space Sciences from Jacobs
University Bremen, 2016.
from Q1 2019 report include:
Biggest expenditure in Q1 2019 was a bit more than $625,000 to this firm for list acquisition.
Kieran McCarney -
Hannah Hankins - Vice President at Civic Advisors LLC.
Ames: 725 24th St., Ste. 102, Ames, IA 50010
Cedar Rapids: 3245 Williams Parkway, Ste. 2, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Council Bluffs: 136 S. Main St. Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Davenport: 583 E. 53rd St., Davenport, IA 52807
Des Moines: 1221 Center St., Ste. 3, Des Moines, IA 50315 (Field Office)
Mason City: 636 S. Monroe Ave., Mason City, IA 50401
Sioux City: 511 5th St., Sioux City, IA 51101
Waterloo: 722 Water St., Waterloo, IA 50703
office opening events: Council Bluffs, Des Moines field (w/ Klobuchar on Sept. 15); Burlington, Cedar Rapids (w/ Klobuchar on Sept. 20), Ames (w/ John Bessler on Oct. 13).
Chair Dr. Andy McGuire
(per Klobuchar Feb. 21, 2019 event, reported by NBC's
Vaughn Hillyard) Candidate for the 2018 Democratic nomination for
governor, finishing fourth with 5.3% in the June primary. Iowa
Democratic Party chair, Jan. 2015-Jan. 2017. President of
Meridian of Iowa, a managed care company, 2012-15. Mike
Blouin's running mate on his 2006 primary campaign for governor (Blouin
finished second to Culver). M.B.A. from Kennesaw State
University, 2001; M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine,
Undergraduate degree in chemistry from Creighton University,
1978. Born in Waterloo, Iowa. twitter
State Director Lauren Dillon
(Feb. 2019) Deputy director at the DSCC in
2018. Research director at the DNC for five years after serving as
deputy research director; senior research associate, 2011-12; and
starting at the DNC as a research associate in 2009.
Correspondence and judicial appointments coordinator in the Office of
Gov. Culver and Lt. Gov. Judge, 2006-09. English teacher at Hebei
Normal University 2005-06. B.A. degrees in politics and
psychology from Drake University, 2005. Originally from Brooklyn,
Deputy State Director Jordan Hagert
Campaign manager on Radinovich for Congress (MN-8),
2018. Policy fellow in the Office of Mayor Jacob Frey, Jan.-May
2018. Campaign manager on Barb Johnson for Minneapolis City
Council, Jan.-Dec. 2017. Political director for MN DFL-Rick Nolan
campaign, May-Nov. 2016. Legal assistant for Bridge Law Group,
Ltd., May-Aug. 2015. Field organizer in Brainerd for the DFL
Coordinated Campiagn, May-Nov. 2014. J.D. from University of St.
Thomas School of Law, 2018; B.A. in political science and economics
from College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, 2014.
Iowa Caucus Director Andrew Nelson
(reported by the DMR on Mar. 16, 2019, initially organizing director) Canvass director on Iowa Democrats' 2018 coordinated campaign and field director for the Iowa House Truman Fund in 2016. Deputy field director on Anthony Brown for Governor, Apr. 2013-Nov. 2014. IN-2 field director for the Indiana Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2012. Field organizer on John Delaney for Congress, Mar.-Apr. 2012. Field organizer on Tom Henry for Mayor (Fort Wayne, IN), Aug.-Dec. 2011. IA-03 field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2010. twitter
Political Director Jamie Woods
(announced April 19, 2019) Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party's Black Caucus and is on the board of directors for Emerge Iowa. Helped to elect Rep. Phyllis Thede and Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad to the Iowa House. African-American outreach coordinator in the Davenport office for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Candidate for Davenport 8th Ward in Nov. 2013. Worked on Obama's presidential campaigns. From Davenport.
Organizing Director Jackson Sump
GOTV director for the Minnesota DFL, July-Dec. 2018. Field director/deputy campaign manager on Rebecca Otter's campaign for governor, Jan.-June 2018. Deputy field director on Schneider for Congress (IL), Feb.-Nov. 2016. Field organizer in Iowa on O'Malley for President, Jan.-Feb. 2016. Iowa regional field director on Draft Biden, Sept.-Nov. 2015. Bachelor's degree in political science from University of Kansas, 2015. twitter
Deputy Organizing Director Seth Barnes
(initially regional organizing director for Davenport
from May 2019) Constituency organizer
(political/field on Xochitl for New Mexico/New Mexico Democratic Party,
July-Nov. 2018. Program assistant for nonproliferation/science
engagement at CRDF Global, July 2010-Aug. 2013. International
M.B.A. from University of Denver-Daniels College of Business, 2015;
B.A. in internationsl studies from Michigan State University, 2005.
Regional Organizing Directors include
Iowa City Molly Ingalls
Regional organizing director in La Crosse for the
Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Jan.-Nov. 2018. Field organizer in
Blacksburg for the Democratic Party of Virginia, July-Nov. 2017.
GOTV lead on Ralph Northam for Governor, May-June 2017. Organizer
for theDanville area for the Democratic Party of Virginia, May-Nov.
2016. B.A. in political communication from The George Washington
(June 2019) Bachelor's degree in political
science from The Johns Hopkins University, 2019. Internships
include legislative intern to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Jan.-May
Katie Rose Epstein
(May 2019) Bachelor of political science, bachelor of
women's gender and sexuality studies from Penn State University, 2019;
president of Penn State College Democrats, 2018-19. twitter
Press Secretary Austin Cook
(late Sept./ea. Oct. 2019...succeeding Courtney
associate (Mar.-Sept. 2019) and associate, strategic communications
(Dec. 2017-Mar. 2019) at The Glover Park Group. Public relations
associate (Oct. 2016-Dec. 2017) and public relations fellow (Aug.-Oct.
2016) at Podesta Group. B.A. in politics and international
affairs, journalism from Wake Forest University, 2016. twitter
Digital Media Manager Alli Peters
(announced April 19, 2019) Photographer and
designer at Alli Peters LLC
in Minneapolis-St. Paul from Sept. 2016; did photography on Erin Murphy
for Governor and Dean Phillips for Congress campaigns in Minnesota,
2018. Project coordinator (Oct.-Dec. 2016), graphic production
coordinator (June-Dec. 2016) and editorial intern (Jan.-May 2016) at
Tiger Oak Media in Minneapolis-St. Paul. B.S. in business and
marketing education and B.A. in political science and government from
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016.
Field Organizers include:
Clara Belk Des Moines twitter
Nicole Bolas Mlodzik Waterloo twitter
Shane Donovan twitter
Matthew Dunham NE Iowa twitter
Kevin Griffen Des Moines twitter
Matt Helm Ames
Jessica Higgins Sioux City
Eli Collin Krule Davenport twitter
Rachel Lozinski twitter
Britta Moen twttier
Sydney Rice Davenport twitter
Jonah Winn Council Bluffs twitter
Endorsements (press releases)
...June 6, 2019
State Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines (District 32-Des Moines)
...June 9, 2019
State Rep. Marti Anderson (District 36-Des Moines)
...July 11, 2019
Bill Witt – former Iowa State Representative from Black Hawk County. Bill is known for his environmental and long-term care reform advocacy. Shirley McAdon – Adel City Council member.
Jackie Wellman – community activist, super volunteer. Jackie is a former Precinct Captain for both the Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns.
Ruth Thompson – community activist, The Caucus Couple.
Scott Thompson – community activist, The Caucus Couple.
Melissa Fath – community activist, cancer researcher.
...Aug. 12, 2019
Swati Dandekar, former U.S. Ambassador and state legislator
...Aug. 16, 2019
Pam Johnson - former president of the National Corn Growers Association, corn and soybean farmer (Floyd, IA)
Dave and Mary Jensen - retired commodity crop farming family (Iowa Falls, IA)
Dan and Allison Sorenson - cattleman, commodity crops farmers (Dickens, IA)
...Sept. 9, 2019
State Rep. Molly Donahue (District 65-Cedar Rapids)
...Sept. 29, 2019
Mary Anne Kuhr - former Pottawattamie County Vice Chair and rural Democratic activist
Matthea Little Smith - social justice community activist, NAMI mental health trainer, and NAACP member
John Harlan, Des Moines - combat veteran, Democratic activist
Ashley Foster, Polk City - Independent activist
Gloria Starns, Ames - educator
Arnold Daniels, Cedar Rapids - Iowa Democratic Black Caucus member, NAACP member, community activist
...Oct. 18, 2019
State Sen. Liz Mathis (District 34-Robins)
State Rep. Andy McKean (District 58-Anamosa) - announced switch from R to D on Apr. 24, 2019
former State Sen. David Johnson - from Ocheyedan, represented District 1 from Jan. 2003-Jan. 2019; switched from R to I in June 2016
...Oct. 30, 2019
Kay Hale, Ely - Ely City Council Member, 2019 Linn County Democrats Hall of Fame inductee
Jake Oeth, Des Moines - Former staffer for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin and Rep. Bruce Braley
Tim Benton, Guthrie Center - Former Assistant Guthrie County Attorney, Democratic activist
Connie McKean, Anamosa - Legislative assistant and campaign manager of State Rep. Andy McKean
Tyler Mills, Keokuk - Lee County Democrats Executive Committee member
Karl Nolin, Spencer - Clay County, Iowa Democratic activist
Carol Nolin, Spencer - Clay County, Iowa Democratic activist
Bev Clark, Baxter - Jasper County, Democratic activist, retired social worker
Jenny Pryke, Newton - Jasper County Democratic activist
Carrie Tedore, Dubuque - Dubuque County Democratic activist
Greg Davis, Johnston - Polk County Democratic activist, retired pastor
Shanda Carstens, Panora - 2018 Polk County Volunteer of the Year and Guthrie County activist
Abdi Salan Hassan, Des Moines - Community activist
Fatuma Hirsi, Des Moines - Community activist
Dhoal Larijin, Des Moines - Community activist
...Oct. 31, 2019
Roxanne Conlin - attorney in Des Moines; Democratic nominee for governor in 1982 and for U.S. Senate in 2010
Keene: 361 Court St., Keene 03431
Lebanon: 20 W. Park St., Lebanon, NH 03766
Manchester: 245 Maple St., Ste. 3, Manchester, NH 03103
Nashua: 147 Main St., Nashua, NH 03060
Portsmouth: 98 Penhallow St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
State Director Scott Merrick
(announced Apr. 10, 2019) Vice president of business development for Athenium Analytics, a technology company based in Dover, NH, Aug. 2016-Nov. 2018. Deputy state director for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Feb. 2009-Aug. 2016. State representative from Coos County, including assistant majority floor leader, Dec. 2004-Oct. 2009. B.A. in political science and government from Tufts University, 2008. New Hampshire native.
Deputy State Director Sondra Milkie
(announced Apr. 10, 2019) Senior associate at The Strategy Group, June-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager on Aruna Miller for Congress (MD), Nov. 2017-May 2018. Email marketing coordinator for Rising Tide Interactive, May-Oct. 2017. Training director for Wisconsin Progress, June 2012-Feb. 2017. Campaign manager on Melissa Sargent for State Assembly (WI), Apr.-Aug. 2012. Campaign coordinator on Citizens for Dane County's Future, Nov. 2011-April 2012. Field organizer on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008. B.A. in history and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011. twitter
Political Director Ben Ernst
(announced Apr. 10, 2019) Moves to the campaign from position as political director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, started Jan. 2019. Campaigns director for the New Hampshire State Senate Democratic Caucus, Feb.-Nov. 2018. Legislative director to Del. David Reid (VA), Jan.-Feb. 2018. Campaign manager on Laurie Cumbo's campaign in Brooklyn, June-Sept. 2017. Deputy campaign manager on Kathy Tran for Delegate (VA), Apr.-June 2017. Legislative assistant in the Virginia House of Delegates, Nov. 2016-Mar. 2017. Regional organizing director (June-Nov. 2016) and organizer (May-June 2016) for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Delegate protection organizer in Des Moines (Feb.-May 2016), organizer in Las Vegas (Feb. 2016) and deputy organizer in Mason City, IA (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016) on HIllary for America. Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, June-Nov. 2015. Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, 2015. twitter
Organizing Director Nicholas Maines
Regional organizer and distributed director on the
Tennessee Coordinated Campaign, June-Nov. 2018. Field director on
Dan Helmer for Congress (VA), Mar.-June 2018. Campaign manager on
Ann Messenger for Congress (NY), Jan.-Feb. 2018. Campaign manager
on Pam Keith for Congress, July 2017-Jan. 2018. Field director on
Colleen Deacon for Congress (NY), May-Nov. 2016. Political organizer
(delegates) in Nevada on Hillary for America, Apr.-June 2016.
Director of advocacy for the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood
Affiliates, Apr.-Oct. 2015. Regional manager in Kansas City, MO
for the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association,
Nov. 2014-Feb. 2015. Field director in Florida CD-18, Apr.-Nov.
2014. ACA outreach for National Family Planning &
Reproductive Health Association, 2014. Campaign manager on
Evandra Thompson for House Delegate (VA), May-July 2013.
Political and legislative coordinator in Missouri for AFSCME, Feb.
2012-Mar. 2013. Relational voter program director for We Are
Wisconsin, Feb.-June 2012. Organizer for the Democratic Party of
Wisconsin, Nov. 2011-Feb. 2012. Organizer in Ironton for We Are
Ohio, Sept.-Nov. 2011. Field organizer on Jaime Ariezaga Sot for
State Senate (VA), June-Sept. 2011. Regional field director in
Sioux City for the Iowa Democratic Party, Oct. 2009-Nov.
2010. Lead organizer in Indianapolis for Change That Works,
June-Oct. 2009. Organizer for the Minnesota DFL, June-Nov.
2006. Assistant political director on Rosalind Kurita for Senate
(TN), Dec. 2005-Feb. 2006. Opposition research director for the
Oakland County (MI) Democratic Party, July-Nov. 2005. Campaign
manager on Ramzi Dalloo for City Council (Troy, MI), July-Nov.
2005. Team lead in Portsmouth, OH for SEIU HERO, June-Nov.
2004. B.A. in history from Berea College, 2005. twitter
Deputy Organizing Director Nick Paul
(May 2019) Campaign manager on Jon Morgan for
State Senate (Brentwood, NH), Mar.-Nov. 2018. Grassroots
organizer for Protect the Granite State, Apr. 2017-Mar. 2018.
Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Aug.-Nov.
2017. Contractor for RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, Dec.
2016-Apr. 2017. Field organizer in Green Bay for the Democratic
Party of Wisconsin, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Senior election and advocacy
fellow for RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, July 2015-July
2016. Canvasser for NextGen Climate, Sept.-Nov. 2014. twitter
Regional Organizing Director Josh Troop
(July 2019) Consultant on Landon Lemoin for
Boston City Council, Mar.-June 2019. Regional field director on
the Committee to Elect Jay Gonzalez (MA), Jan.-Nov. 2018. Field
organizer on Stephanie Hirsch for Alderman at Large (Somerville, MA),
Sept.-Nov. 2017. B.A. in government and mathematics from Hamilton
College, 2017. twitter
Leah A. Garrett
Regional field director for the Democratic Party of
Coordinated Campaign from Feb. 2018. Field organizer for the DPV
coordinated Campaign, July-Nov. 2017. Senior field organiizer for
the Florida Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Field organizer in
Arkansas on Hillary for America, June-July 2016. CEO and president of
Olive Loom, Apr. 2011-June 2016. Master's degree in political
management from The George Washington University, 2017; M.A. in
political science and government (2010) and B.A. in political science
from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. twitter
Communications Director Kelsi Browning
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) National
communications director on Paul Davis congressional campaign in KS-2,
Sept.-Nov. 2018. Communications director on Farley for Arizona,
Mar.-Sept. 2018. Senior associate at SKDKnickerbocker, Feb.
2017-Mar. 2018. Central PA regional press secretary on Hillary
for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Mark
Takai, Sept. 2015-May 2016. Press fellow to U.S. Rep. Charles
Rangel, Dec. 2014-Sept. 2015. Assistant to the executive director
at the DSCC, Feb. 2013-March 2014. Staff assistant to U.S. Rep.
Carolyn B. Maloney, May 2012-Feb. 2013. B.A. in political
communication from The George Washington University, 2012. twitter
Endorsements (press releases)
...announced July 11, 2019
Executive Councilor Deborah Pignatelli, Nashua
Former Ambassador Jim Smith, Salem
Former New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster, Nashua
Former Representative Ricia McMahon, Sutton
Rich Sigel, Manchester
Helen Honorow, Nashua
Michael Atkins, Peterborough
Jim Callahan, Hancock
...announced Oct. 10, 2019
Former State Sen. Peter Burling, Cornish
Founder of Hard Count Strategies in Charleston, July 2018. Political advisor to EMILY's list, Feb.-July 2018. Chief of staff/fixer to Mayor Pete Buttigieg, May-Nov. 2017. Director of legislative affaris (Jan. 2016-Jan. 2017) and deputy director of legislative affairs, NPPD (Aug. 2015-Jan. 2016) at the Department of Homeland Security. Director of congressional, legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Apr. 2014-July 2015. President and CEO of Hard Count Strategies, Mar. 2013-Mar. 2014. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, May 2011-Nov. 2012. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2009. Political desk at the DCCC, May-Dec. 2006. Political director for veterans and millitary families on Jonh Kerry for President, Apr.-Dec. 2004. Legislative aide on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Oct. 2001-Apr. 2004. B.A. in political science and goernment from College of Charleston, 2000. twitter
more than 70 federal, state and local officials led by:
Walter Mondale — Former Vice President
Tim Walz — Governor
Tina Smith — U.S. Senator
Peggy Flanagan — Lieutenant Governor
Julie Blaha — State Auditor
Melanie Benjamin — Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive
Charlie Vig -- Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman
Angie Craig — U.S. Representative, 2nd District
Dean Phillips — U.S. Representative, 3rd District
Betty McCollum — U.S. Representative, 4th District
Collin Peterson — U.S. Representative, 7th District
Jacob Frey — Mayor, Minneapolis
Iowa Press Secretary Courtney Rice ...moved to position as spokesperson at the DCCC
(reported by the DMR on Mar. 16, 2019) Deputy
press secretary at
the DSCC from Feb. 2017. Press assistant
at Priorities USA, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016. M.P.A. in campaign
management, state and local management from American University, 2016;
B.A. in history from Allegheny College. From Ohio. twitter
Iowa Deputy Organizing Director Andrew Larabee
(announced April 19, 2019) Records archivist and deputy city clerk in Bloomington, IN, Mar. 2014-Dec. 2015. Bloomington regional lead organizer for Freedom indiana, Sept. 2013-Feb. 2014. Field organizer at Joe McNamara for Mayor (Toledo), Aug.-Sept. 2013. Assistant recruitment director at Fund for the Public Interest, Feb.-May 2013. Field organizer in Wood County, Ohio for Organizing for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012. B.A. in English-creative writing from Ohio University, 2012.
Chief of Staff Elizabeth (Lizzy) Peluso
Note: Klobuchar's "Minnesota nice" image sustained damage shortly before her announcement when HuffPost reported she had abused staff. See: Molly Redden and Amanda Terkel. "Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Mistreatment Of Staff Scared Off Candidates To Manage Her Presidential Bid," HuffPost, Feb. 6, 2019; Molly Hensley-Clancy. "Staffers, Documents Show Amy Klobuchar's Wrath Toward Her Aides." HuffPost, Feb. 8, 2019; and Molly Redden and Amanda Terkel. "Harry Reid Rebuked Amy Klobuchar For Mistreatment of Staff," HuffPost, Feb. 8, 2019. The story did not go away. Several weeks later there was this: Matt Flegenheimer and Sydney Ember. "How Amy Klobuchar Treats Her Staff." New York Times, Feb. 22, 2019.