Bush-Cheney '04, Inc Minnesota headquarters on the occasion of the grand opening, April 5, 2004.  (larger image)
Photos courtesy Mike Dec/4president.org

President George W. Bush-Campaign Organization, Minnesota
Plains Regional Chairman - Vin Weber
Midwest Regional Political Director - Karen Slifka
Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.  | 1445 Energy Park Dr.  |  St. Paul 
(Grand Opening April 5, 2004...Commerce Secretary Don Evans, Sen. Norm Coleman, Rep. Mark Kennedy and Minnesota State Auditor Patricia Anderson )
(announced Sept. 22, 2003) 
Sen. Norm Coleman
Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Executive Director Ben Whitney
Served as campaign manager for Norm Coleman in his successful 2002 U.S. Senate race.  Managing partner of Minneapolis-based Gideon Hixon Ventures.  The Whitneys are a prominent Minneapolis family (there is a Whitney Foundation; the patriarch is Wheelock Whitney, who lost the U.S. Senate race to Eugene McCarthy in 1964). 
Deputy Executive Director K.C. Jones
Director of Political Education at the Republican National Committee, 2003.  Worked on Bob Beauprez's congressional campaign, 2002.  Worked on Bush's 2000 campaign helping Don Evans in Finance.  From Midland, TX.
Communications Director Peter Hong
(started late March 2004)Hong served as press secretary on the Pawlenty for Governor campaign in 2002.  Press secretary to Sen. Rod Grams.

Field Coordinators
Metro North/NE MN

Metro South

Hennepin County

NW MN / Central MN

Southern MN

Lonnie Leitner

Ryan Johnson

Molly Murphy

Dan Iten

Jane Williams

Events Coordinator Abby Bacak
At the NRCC in 2003.  Worked on Mike Fisher's 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Pennsylvania.
Coalitions Director Dustin Olson
Campaign director on Monty Warner's successful campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in West Virginia in May 2004 primary.  Campaign manager Christian Hoff for Delegate in Virginia in 2003.  Field director for the Colorado Republican Party for Ed Jones for Senate campaign in 2002.  Interned at the White House under Ken Mehlman.

Examples of coalitions...
-On May 7, 2004 the campaign announced the Minnesota Viva Bush Coalition.  Bush-Cheney '04 Minnesota Viva Bush Chair is Rick Aguilar.  Aguilar is President/CEO of Aguilar Productions, Inc. based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His company, founded in 1996, custom-designs and produces conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings and special events focusing on the U.S. Multicultural Markets. 

-Bush-Cheney '04 Minnesota Veterans Coalition Co-ChairsLieutenant Colonel Joe Repya (U.S. Army, Ret.) - Repya volunteered for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in August 1990 and joined the 1st Infantry Division in December 1990 as a member of the Aviation Brigade.  He spent seven months on active duty in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, flying combat helicopter missions.  Active in the Minneapolis Iraqi community.  General Dennis Schulstad (U.S. Air Force, Ret.) - Schulstad served as Minnesota Chair of Employers Support for Guard and Reserve.  He served on numerous boards and commissions, and also served as a Minneapolis City Council member for 22 years.  From Edina, Minnesota.

Also note: From March 18-April 5, 2004 Bush-Cheney '04 conducted a March to Victory tournament to encourage volunteer recruitment among students in 32 states.  The campaign reported that the tournament brought in 21,930 new recruits nationwide.  Minnesota was the top state with 4,062 recruits; the top Minnesota campus was the University of St. Thomas.

Victory 2004 | 1445 Energy Park Dr.  |  St. Paul    Field Organization
Director Chris Faulkner
(started early July 2004)  Planned and supervised the get-out-the-vote effort for Chris Chocola's 2002 campaign for Congress in the tightly contested Indiana 2nd CD, then served as Chocola's district director.  Former Marine.
72-Hour Director Jason Carroll
Worked field on the 2003 campaign in Louisiana.  Staffer for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).  Originally from Baton Rouge.
Event/Trip Coordinator Angie Tangen
Previously worked at ACA International-The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals.  Graduate of MSU Moorhead.  Originally from Hickson, North Dakota.
Assistant: Brittany Schreiber
also Lisa Ramey
Voter Registration Director Johnna Kountz
Legislative assistant to Congressman Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island).  From Circle, Montana.
Assistant: Melissa Zanmiller
Absentee Ballot Coordinator Denise Dick
Director of Delegate Services for the 2004 Republican National Committee in New York City.  Director of Housing for the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. 
Assistant: Rebekah Krimmel
Voter Vault Coordinator Omar Tungekar
NYU senior, president of NYU College Republicans.
Assistant: Ben Brandenburg
IT Director Kyle Drake

Data Entry/Information Management: Jared Hibma, Stephen Muhr, Justin Novitski, Evan Siljander, Jesse Stebbins
Communications Director Nathan Prouty
Assistant: Tom McGill
Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Deployment Coordinator

Joey Gerdin

Marissa Lynch

Election Day Operations Coordinator Todd Vollmers
Assistants: Stephanie Connolly, Sandra Ford, Christy Surprenant, Brian Thomas, John Tomczak
Comptroller Kim Carlson

Special Projects Coordinator Allsion Fox

Phone Bank Coordinator Brady Pluim


Republican Party of Minnesota  |  525 Park St, Suite 250  |  St Paul 
Chairman Ron Eibensteiner 
(Elected June 12, 1999)  Minneapolis venture capitalist.  Founded Wyncrest Capital in 1991.  Director of IntraNet Solutions and chairman of OneLink; cofounder of Diametrics Medical. 
Executive Director Corey Miltimore
(Named to the position in Aug. 2001)  Formerly served as executive director of Change Minnesota, a political action committee.  Has served as a political and fundraising consultant to numerous national and state political campaigns, including Phil Gramm for President and the Vin Weber Congressional Committee, as well as a variety of non-profit organizations such as the Minnesota Leadership Foundation.  Vice president of The Walker Group.  Graduate of Northwestern College.
Political Director John Kirchner
Deputy Political Director Jonathan Blake

Senior Field Staff Steve Jepsen

Field Staff
Brad Anderson     Jessica Carter      Erik Holmstrom

Research Director Michael Brodkorb
Assistant to Senate Minority Leader Dick Day (R-Owatonna) after serving as legislative assistant to state Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista).  Worked for the Minnesota Republican Party as a field director on St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman's gubernatorial campaign in 1998.  He has also worked for former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz. 
Communications Director Randy Wanke
Previously executive director of the Minnesota Education League.  Director of legal information at the Right to Work Foundation 
Finance Director Dwight Tostenson
Campaign manager for Rod Grams 1994 U.S. Senate campaign.
Information Technology Director Joel Cary

Administrative Secretary Yvonne Offenstein

Controller Marina Taubenberger

Mastermind Coordinator John Dalberg

Telecommunications Director Greg Rueff
Asst Telecommunications Director Ron Huettl

Major Donor Fundraising Consultant Zandra Wolcott

Candidate Services Coordinator Jim Hansen

Phone Bank Supervisors Bill Milbach 
Dana Payne

Minnesota College Republican Chair Jake Grassel

Finance Support Staff Larissa-Ruth Presho

Copyright © 2004, 2005  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action

Bush Cheney '04 Minnesota Leadership Team

 Sen. Norm Coleman
 Gov. Tim Pawlenty

 Rick Aguilar - Hispanic Republican Assembly
 MN State Auditor Pat Awada
 Evie Axdahl
 Audrey Bennett
 Shirley Borgerding
 Senator Rudy Boschwitz
 Larry Colson
 Minority Leader Dick Day
 State Senator Michelle Fischbach
 Brent Frazier
 Jeanette Graham
 Jake Grassel - College Republicans
 Congressman Gil Gutknecht
 Laura Hemler
 Mayor Elizabeth Kautz (Burnsville)
 Congressman Mark Kennedy
 Congressman John Kline
 State Senator Bob Lessard
 Jack Meeks
 Scott Melbye
 Lt. Governor Carol Molnau
 Reverend Sam Nero
 Dan Nygaard
 Congressman Jim Ramstad
 Joe Repya
 State Senator Kenric Scheevel
 Dennis Schulsatd
 Commissioner Mark Stenglein
 David Sturrock
 Speaker Steve Sviggum
 Tony Timble
 Dan Urshan
 Ben Whitney