Kerry and Allies-Organization, Delaware

Kerry-Edwards 2004, Inc.
State Director Summer Oesch
(through September, when she went to Pennsylvania leaving no Kerry staff) Oesch worked on Kerry's campaign in Arizona and Iowa during the primaries.  She served as statewide field director for the 2002 Arizona Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Oesch's experience also includes work as a field staffer on Gore's 2000 Iowa caucus campaign.

Coordinated Campaign
Chair/Executive Director Lee Ann Walling
(Officially started July 2004, on leave from her government position) Senior advisor to Gov. Ruth Minner starting in Jan. 2001; architect of the Governor's Livable Delaware agenda, named as deputy director of the Delaware Economic Development Office in Nov. 2002.  Deputy state treasurer, 1999-2001; executive assistant to the secretary of finance from 1996-99.  Executive assistant to Ruth Minner as lieutenant governor, 1993-96.   Managed Ruth Minner's campaign for lieutenant governor in 1992.  Reporter and editor at the Delaware State News, 1981-91.  MBA from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor's degree in journalism  from the University of Texas at Austin.
Field Director Stephone Mickler
(June 2004)  Intern and volunteer coordinator on John Kerry for President during the primaries.  Field director for Gov. Ronnie Musgrove's re-election campaign in Mississippi in 2003.  Worked in Louisiana for the Democratic Party.  Regional director for the 2002 South Carolina Coordinated Campaign (Low Country).  Worked for Verizon Wireless.  BA from the College of Charleston, SC.
Base Vote Director Aaron Harris
(June 2004) Regional director for Gov. Ronnie Musgrove's campaign and state coordinator for Let's Go Vote 2002 in Mississippi.  MPA from University of Memphis and BA from University of Mississippi. 
Communications Director Christopher Honey
Experience in communications, research and campaign management on state, gubernatorial, and congressional races in Iowa, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.  Graduate of Auburn University with a BA in history.
Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Cygan
Intern in constituent relations for Gov. Minner.  Worked as a funds production specialist in the Investment Management Group of Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia.  Graduate of Villanova University with a degree in history, 2001.
GOTV Director Art Dimoulakis
Previous experience conducting canvasses for the DNC.  Started in Delaware as a volunteer and became volunteer coordinator, then GOTV coordinator.

Field Offices

Wilmington Moneisha Williams, Theo Gregory Jr.
New Castle Glenn Shipley
Kent Mandy Clark
Sussex Tara Jones

Notes: The coordinated campaign had a budget of about $500,000 ($500,995.00 raised, $498,275.31 spent.  These figures do not reflect money that was raised separately to assist local House and Senate candidates with direct mail.  The coordinated campaign worked extensively with Kennedy Communications for persuasion and GOTV mail).  The bulk of the money came from the DGA, phone calls from Governor Minner, money raised by Senators Biden and Carper, and organized labor; the DNC chipped in base amount of $2,500.  Major expenditures were for staff and field offices and direct mail.  Lee Ann Walling observed (Oct. 3, 2005 phone conversation) that the new campaign finance laws "threw us all for a loop for a while" as they needed to figure out what federal/nonfederal breakdown the law permitted.  Grassroots Democrats, a 527 organization, held three days of training in Washington, DC in February 2004 that proved useful.  The Democratic Governors Association made Delaware a priority and paid for several of the coordinated campaign staff, notably Stephone Mickler and Aaron Harris, who both worked on Ronnie Musgrove's 2003 gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi.

Delaware Democratic Party  |  19 E. Commons Blvd., 2nd Floor  |  New Castle 
State Chair Richard H. Bayard
According to Bayard has political roots going back to the Continental Congress.

Vice Chair: Leah Betts   Vice Chair: Jim Hussey   Treasurer: Patricia Blevins   Secretary: Marie Simmons
Executive Director Nicole Majeski
(named to the position on June 23, 2003)  Before becoming Executive Director Majeski served for two and a half years as Projects Director.  Interned on Gov. Tom Carper's 2000 U.S. Senate campaign.  Graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.A. in political science, 2001.  From Reading, Pennsylvania. 
Technology Director Nina Bawa
(named to the position on Aug. 5, 2003)  Worked on the 2002 Coordinated Campaign as the voter file and data manager.  Graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.A. in political science and computer science, 2002.

Delaware AFL-CIO
President: Sam Lathem

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