Wesley Clark-Campaign Organization, Oklahoma

Clark for President Oklahoma Leadership

Oklahoma City Headquarters: 816 N. Broadway
Tulsa Headquarters: 1422 S. Peoria
Oklahomans for Clark
Oklahoma State Director Jessica Vanden Berg
Served as Iowa State Director of the Bob Graham for President campaign from May 2003 until Graham quit the race in October.  Vanden Berg came to the Graham campaign from her position as caucus director for the Iowa Democratic Party.  In 2002 she worked as the deputy director of the IDP's 2002 Coordinated Campaign.  She served as Rep. Leonard Boswell's communications director after managing his successful re-election campaign in 2000.  From Pella, Iowa.  She graduated from Central College with a degree in Political Science.
Deputy State Director Mike Bocchini
Immediately before coming to Oklahoma, Bocchini worked for Sen. Bob Graham’s presidential campaign in Iowa.  In 2002, he worked Iowa’s 4th Congressional District for the Iowa Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign and later organized for Mary Landrieu in the U.S. Senate runoff in Louisiana.  Bocchini organized for the 2001 Virginia Coordinated Campaign in Richmond.  In 2000, he was a finance staffer for Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), as well as a volunteer in New Hampshire for Bill Bradley.  Bocchini grew up in Connecticut and graduated from George Washington University.
Political Director Austin Bond
During the 2000 presidential election, Bond was a member of Vice President Al Gore's Advance and Traveling staff.  He has also worked in the U.S. Senate.  Bond is a Tulsa native who graduated from Bishop Kelley High School and earned a BA in Philosophy and Russian from the University of Oklahoma.  His parents are Patterson Bond, a labor and employment attorney, and Dr. Leslie Bond, a clinical psychologist.
Field Director Elizabeth Goltry
Prior to working for the Clark campaign, Goltry worked for the Virginia Groundforce Project, Bob Graham for President, the League of Conservation Voters, the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.  She is a former board member of WIN (Women's Information Network) in Washington, DC.  Goltry's Oklahoma roots date back to 1900.  The town of Goltry (Alfalfa County), founded in 1903, was named in honor of the family.  Her late grandmother, Mary Virginia Scott Goltry was born in Ft. Cobb (Caddo County), grew up near Verden (Grady County), and was a graduate of the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha.  Her late grandfather, H.J. Goltry, was born in Marietta (Love County) and grew up near Amber (Grady County).  Goltry grew up in Wichita, Kan., and graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Regional Coordinator, 1st Congressional District  – Gerry Kappers

Kappers is active in community outreach in the Tulsa area and has worked in Information Technology for a local non-profit. She graduated from Oral Roberts University with a BS in Management Information Systems.

Regional coordinator, 2nd Congressional District – Daniel Nichols

Before officially joining the campaign Nichols worked to build a base of support for the Draft Clark Movement in San Antonio.  He also worked for the San Antonio Democratic Party.  Nichols graduated high school in San Antonio and played football for Texas Christian University his first two years of college.  He later transferred to the University of Texas and graduated with a BA in Economics and History.  Nichols' family has roots in Oklahoma. His family has held a land grant in Caddo, Okla., since the early 1900s.  His great-great-grandparents are Frank Pitchlynn Semple and Helen Hibbard.  Helen attended the Presbyterian School for Boys and Girls (later to be merged into the Oklahoma Presbyterian College for Girls) in Durant.  Frank was a successful banker, farmer, and merchant. Frank and Helen's eldest daughter Alta was born in Caddo and educated at the Oklahoma Presbyterian College for Girls.  Frank's brother Will was chief of the Choctaw from 1918-22.

Regional Coordinator, 3rd Congressional District – Brian Andrews

Andrews was a management consultant before joining the campaign.  In 2000 he worked on Sen. Bill Bradley's presidential campaign, and in 2003 he worked on the Coordinated Campaign in New Jersey to return control of the State Senate to Democrats.  Andrews grew up in rural New Jersey.  He received his college degree from Pomona College in California where he majored in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a minor in U.S. History. 

Regional Coordinator, 4th Congressional District  – Matt Helfant

Immediately prior to joining the Clark campaign in Oklahoma, Helfant was a field organizer in Iowa for Sen. Bob Graham’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Helfant also worked on local political issues in Washington, D.C. Helfant grew up in South Florida and earned a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Central Florida.

Regional Coordinator, 5th Congressional District – Basil Tilmon

Prior to joining the campaign, Tilmon worked in his native Louisiana for the state Democratic Party in the recently completed Coordinated Campaign where the Democratic Party swept all but one state-wide office and elected the first female Governor of Louisiana Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.  Tilmon graduated valedictorian in from Queen City High School, Queen City, Tex., and earned a BA in Government from the University of Texas.
Communications Director Heather Ann Hope
Before joining the campaign, Hope spent 10 years as a print and broadcast journalist in Washington, D.C., and New York City.  She is a former board member of the National Press Club in Washington.  She has also done non-profit and political marketing/communications consulting.  Hope is a Tulsa native who graduated from Bishop Kelley High School and earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Her parents are retired American Airlines avionics engineer Martin R. Hope and local writer Margaret Hope.
Minority Outreach Coordinator Larry Freeman
Freeman is a long-time political operative who has experience on campaigns for national and local political office as well as issue advocacy.  He has done grassroots organizing in Arkansas, Georgia and Washington, DC.  Freeman holds a BA in Criminal Justice and Regulatory Science from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff and an MA in Political Science, American Politics and International Policy from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Oklahoma City Volunteer Contact Coordinator Yunetta Hedgepeth
Hedgepeth is an Oklahoma City native who spent her career in Washington, D.C., working for the General Services Administration in an office next door to the White House. She has been traveling since her 1995 retirement.
Tulsa Headquarters Office Manager Patti Basnett
Basnett was the Volunteer Director in 2002 for Doug Dodd's campaigns (special election and general election) to represent the 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House.  Basnett grew up in the Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle and later lived in Illinois were she graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. After moving to Tulsa, Basnett earned her law degree from the University of Tulsa.  Basnett represented the poor and elderly through Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma for 17 years and has been in private practice since 1996. 
Tulsa Volunteer Contact Coordinator David Soloway
Soloway worked for Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., in his Washington, D.C., office. He has also worked for former President Bill Clinton in his New York City office.  Soloway grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English and Economics. 

-Susan Vineyard served as volunteer webmaster of the Oklahomans for Clark website.

-Former State Senate Majority Leader Darryl Roberts, a Vietnam veteran, headed Clark's efforts to turn out the veterans' vote.

On January 7, 2004 the campaign announced 11 initial endorsements:
Sen. Penny Williams - District 39, central and north Tulsa
Sen. Jim Maddox - District 32, Lawton and the Army Base at Ft. Sill.
Rep. James E. Covey, District 51, Custer City
Rep. Danny Morgan, District 32, Prague 
Tulsa County Commissioner Wilber Collins
Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth
Fmr. Rep. Don McCorkle, Tulsa
Fmr. Rep. and Corp. Commissioner Jim Townsend, Shawnee
Fmr. Corporation Commissioner John Orr, Oklahoma City 
Fmr. Gubernatorial Candidate Vince Orza, Oklahoma City 
Fmr. 1st U.S. Congressional District Nominee Kurt Glasco, Tulsa

Native American Times (12/30/03) 
"the largest independently owned Native American Newspaper in the United States" Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
Norman Transcript (02/01/04)
Lawton Constitution (02/01/04)
McAlester News-Capital & Democrat (02/02/04)
Six-day per week, 10,500 daily  ...a Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. paper.
Muskogee Daily Phoenix
  ...a Gannett paper.

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