Dick Gephardt-Campaign Organization, North Dakota
Gephardt for President, Inc.
On January 6, 2003, Rep. Gephardt filed papers with the FEC establishing Gephardt for President Exploratory Committee.  The campaign opened its headquarters in a downtown Washington, DC office building in the first part of February 2003.  Gephardt formally announced his campaign on February 19, 2003 in St. Louis, MO.  Steve Murphy is the national campaign manager.

Gephardt for President, Inc. North Dakota Leadership
Campaign Headquarters: 3333 East Broadway Ave, Suite 1204  Bismarck (announced Nov. 7, 2003)
1137 19th Ave N, Fargo (in the Cass County Dem-NPL hdqtrs (announced Dec. 8, 2003). 

State Director Tessa Gould
(announced Oct. 22, 2003)  Gould is a native of North Dakota, where she has worked for Rep. Earl Pomeroy since 1998.  Most recently, she served as Pomeroy's deputy chief of staff and managed his successful re-election campaign in 2002.  In 1997 and 1998, Gould worked for Sen. Byron Dorgan.
Field Director Chad Oban
(announced Nov. 7, 2003)  Oban is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota and a graduate of the University of North Dakota.  He most recently worked for the North Dakota State Democratic-NPL Party as the information director.  During the 2001 legislative session, he served as the communications director to the Senate and the House Caucuses.  In 2000 he managed Roger Johnson's victorious campaign for North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner. 
Labor Coordinator Renee Pfenning
(announced Dec. 8, 2003)  A member of IBEW Local 1593 and a former CWA member.  During the 2003, 2001 and 1999 legislative sessions, she lobbied for the ND Building and Construction Trades Council.  In addition, Pfenning has served as a North Dakota Democratic-NPL District Chair and a Regional Representative on the Executive Committee. Currently she serves as the Democratic National Committeewoman for North Dakota. 
Field Organizer, Fargo Office Margaret Howe
(announced early January 2004)  A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Howe graduated from North Dakota State University in December 2003.  She most recently worked for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad as an intern in his Washington, DC office.  Howe has served as President of the North Dakota State University College Democrats, is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Fraternity and served as the National Committeewoman for the North Dakota chapter of the Young Democrats of America. Her parents are Terry and Jeanette Howe of Bismarck and grand parents are Victor and Lois Baumgartner of Braddock.

On November 25, 2003 the campaign announced the endorsement of the North Dakota Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO.  (8,000 members; President Dick Bergstad)

On November 19, 2003 eleven members of the North Dakota Legislature endorsed Gephardt:

Sen. Dennis Bercier (Belcourt, Dist. 9)
Sen. Elroy Lindaas (Mayville, Dist. 20)
Sen. David O'Connell (Lansford, Dist. 6)  ...Senate Minority Leader
Sen. Tim Mathern (Fargo, Dist. 11)
Sen. Larry Robinson (Valley City, Dist. 24)
Sen. Harvey Tallackson (Grafton, Dist. 16)

Rep. Bill Amerman (Forman, Dist. 26)
Rep. Mary Ekstrom (Fargo, Dist. 11)
Rep. Arlo Schmidt (Maddock, Dist. 23)
Rep. Dorvan Solberg (Ray, Dist. 2)
Rep. Lonny Winrich (Grand Forks, Dist. 18)  ...House Caucus Chair

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