President George W. Bush-Campaign Organization, New Mexico
 Southwest Regional Chairman - John Sanchez
 Northwest Regional Political Director - Rudy Fernández
Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.  |  2129 Osuna NE  |  Albuquerque
(Grand Opening March 18, 2004)
Chairman Senator Pete Domenici

Southwest Regional Chairperson (UT, CO, NM, TX, AZ) John Sanchez
The Republican nominee for Governor in New Mexico in 2002.  In 2000, Sanchez defeated the Speaker of the House, a 30-year incumbent, to win a seat in the New Mexico legislature (he vacated the seat to run for Governor).  In his first run for office in 1997 he defeated a former mayor to win a seat on Albuquerque's city council.
Executive Director J. Scott Jennings
(named in Feb. 2004)  Senior political adviser for the Kentucky Republican Party, 2003.  Political director on Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) 2002 re-election campaign.  Graduate of the University of Louisville.  From Dawson Springs, Kentucky.
Deputy Executive Director Sara Lister
Prior to the campaign Lister was running Sen. Pete Domenici's (R-NM) leadership PAC, Pete's PAC.  Finance director on Congresswoman Heather Wilson's 2000 re-election campaign.  Executive assistant to the chief of staff in Sen. Pete Domenici's Washington office.  Graduate of Valparaiso University, 1999.
Senior Field Director Shawn Sullivan
Field Director Jamie Estrada
Field Director Mindy McLaughlin

Communications Director Ken Spain
Prior to joining the campaign Spain worked as grassroots coordinator on Michael McCaul's congressional campaign in Texas' 10th CD, and as deputy campaign manager on Mike Conaway's successful March 9, 2004 primary campaign in Texas' new 11th CD.  Worked for California State Sen. Bob Margett (R-Glendora) in his district office.  Graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara with a degree in American history, 2001.
Coalitions Director Marta Kramer
Scheduler on John Sanchez's 2002 gubernatorial campaign.

-On July 15, 2004 the campaign launched the New Mexico "W Stands for Women" Leadership Team.  Sherolyn Smith-DeSantis of Albuquerque is chairwoman.  Also serving as part of the women's coalition team are Carolyn Monroe of Albuquerque, Marj Gallun of Santa Fe, Elaine Haase of La Union, and Mary Southard of Clovis. 

-On May 3, 2004 the campaign launched its New Mexico Viva Bush Coalition.

-Leslie Saucedo is the Bush-Cheney '04 New Mexico Educators for Bush steering committee chair.  She has been a teacher in the Albuquerque public school system for the past eight years. 

Victory '04(next door to Bush-Cheney '04 in the same building)
Director Phil Coppage
2001 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, ME.
72 Hour Director Sasha Evans

Albuquerque - Scott Darnell
Southern - Chris Atencio
Northern - Alexis Valdez
HAVA Director Mario Sanchez
(late Sept. 2004)  Earlier served as 72 Hour Director in Nevada.  Special projects director for Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-2).  Political director at the Republican party of New Mexico for several years.  B.A. in Political Science from University of Northern Colorado.
Events Coordinator Megan Snyder

Coalitions Nate Williams

Absentee Ballot Coordinator Matt Kennicott
Political director for the College Republican National Committee.  While a student at UNM ran Patrick Milligan's campaign for District 4 city council  in Albuquerque, Oct. 2003.  Graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in political science, 2004.
Consultant Jay McCleskey
(March 2004)  McCleskey served as campaign manager for John Sanchez's 2002 bid for Governor.  Executive director of the New Mexico Republican Party, Jan.-Nov. 2001.  In 2000 he managed Sanchez's campaign, defeating Raymond Sanchez, the longest-serving Speaker of the New Mexico State House.  Worked for the New Mexico Republican Party, May 1999-May 2000.  Policy analyst for Gov. Gary Johnson's Finance and Administration Secretary David Harris, 2000.

Note: There was a significant rift among state Republicans in late 2003 and early 2004; one faction supported John Dendahl, who served as state party chair through May 2003, and the other supported Ramsay Gorham, who succeeded Dendahl but in turn resigned on March 31, 2004.
Republican Party of New Mexico 300 San Mateo NE, Suite 101  |  Albuquerque 
Chairman Col. Allen Weh (ret.)
(Elected April 17, 2004)  President and CEO of CSI Aviation Services Inc., an aircraft charter and leasing service in Albuquerque.  Served as chair of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.  B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of New Mexico.
Executive Director Greg Graves
(May 2004)  Roswell political consultant.  Consulted on John Dendahl's 1994 campaign for governor.  Worked for the NRCC and the NRSC in the 1980s.  Graduate of New Mexico State University.
Associate Executive Director/Political Operations Director Whitney Cheshire
(Named as Acting Director in early May 2004)  Came to the state party after working on the Bush/Cheney campaign for a couple of months.  Spokeswoman for state House Republicans.  In 2002 served as spokeswoman on John Sanchez's gubernatorial campaign after managing Steve Pearce's primary campaign in the 2nd CD.  Managed City Councilor Mike McEntee campaign for mayor in 2001.
Communications Director/Hispanic Outreach Director Patricia Viramontes Chandler
(May 2004)  Former television reporter and producer.  Graduate of New Mexico State University, 1976.  Deming native.
Director of State Campaigns Jan Rasch
(May 2004) From Cloudcraft.
IT Manager Cheryl Boothe

When Weh came on he asked for and received resignations of all the staff: Executive Director - Tom Carroll (Nov. 2003-April 2004); Political Operations Director - Seth W. Heath; Grassroots Coordinator - Mike Laurance; IT Manager - Cheryl Boothe; Finance Director - Amanda Myrick; Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager - Tammy Forester

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