John Kerry-Campaign Organization, Iowa
John Kerry for President Inc.
On December 4, 2002, Sen. Kerry filed papers with the FEC establishing John Kerry for President Inc., an exploratory committee.  James M. Jordan served as the national campaign manager through November 9, 2003; he was replaced by Mary Beth Cahill, who previously served as chief of staff to Sen. Edward Kennedy. 

John Kerry for President Inc. Iowa Leadership
Campaign Headquarters: 1500 Locust Street, Des Moines
The campaign opened its Iowa headquarters at 1500 Locust St. in downtown Des Moines in the last week of Feb. 2003.1

State Director John Norris
(Jan. 1, 2003)  In 2002 Norris ran for Congress in the 4th District against Rep. Tom Latham (R).  Prior to his campaign, starting in 1999, Norris served as chief of staff to Gov. Tom Vilsack.  In 1998 he served as chairman and executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party.  Previously he served as chief of staff to Rep. Leonard Boswell and as district representative for then-Rep. Tom Harkin.  He owned and managed the Old Hotel Restaurant in Greenfield from 1989 to 1992 and served as vice president of the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce.  During the mid-1980's Norris served as state director for the Iowa Farm Unity Coalition.  A native of Red Oak, Norris graduated from Simpson College in Indianola with a B.A. in political science in 1981 and received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1995.
Assistant to the State Director Heather Matson
(September 1, 2003)  Prior to joining the campaign Matson worked for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the Government Relations office.
Caucus/Field Director Jonathan Epstein
(September 2003, succeeded Angelique Pirozzi)  Worked in the political at Kerry national headquarters as the campaign desk for Iowa, New Hampshire and California.  National political director for the Citizen Soldier Fund, Kerry's leadership PAC.  Campaign director at the DSCC in the beginning of the 2002 cycle.  Deputy political director at the DSCC in 2000.  Political outreach director for AIPAC from 1997-99.  Deputy finance director for Max Cleland's 1996 Senate campaign.  Graduated with a BA in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1997.

Regional Field Directors:
(4 equal regions based upon caucus weight)

Central Beth Leonard
(March 1, 2003)  Directed the Coordinated Campaign in the 3rd CD in 2002 including the successful re-election of Congressman Boswell.  Grassroots coordinator for 25 states for the American Cancer Society’s government relations department.  Worked in the press office for Tipper Gore at the White House.  M.A. in political management from George Washington University.  B.S. in developmental psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Western David Barnhart
(March 1, 2003)  Regional campaign manager for three successful legislative races in Western Iowa in 2002.  Vice-president of sales for the University Travel Corporation in Virginia.  Served on the board of directors for Camp L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education, and Diversity).  B.S. in psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Southeast Chris Hayler
(March 1, 2003)  Directed the Coordinated Campaign in the 1st CD in 2002.  Regional organizer for the Alliance for Justice, organizing youth for gun control.  Field organizer for Gore in Washington State.  M. A. in political management and B.A. in political science from George Washington University. 
Northeast Kate Simmons
(September 1, 2003) Prior to joining the campaign, Simmons was the Washington, DC representative for the global warming and energy campaign at the Sierra Club.  She worked on Jack Conway's bid for Congress in the 3rd CD in Kentucky in 2002 and on Congressman John Spratt's 2000 re-election in South Carolina.

F I E L D    O F F I C E S
As of mid-November 2003 the campaign had 22 field offices
(includes a Des Moines field office in the state headquarters).

11 field offices were open as of July 23, 2003:

Burlington -- 311 3rd St., Burlington, IA  52601  ...Bridgett Petruzcok
Cedar Rapids -- 1117 First Avenue S.E., Cedar Rapids, IA  52401  ...Derek Newton
Danielle Black
Council Bluffs -- 148 West Broadway, Council Bluffs IA  51501   ...Matt DeFerranti
Davenport -- 207 E. Second St., Davenport, IA  52801  ...Brent Eiler
...Sarah Dale
Des Moines -- 1500 Locust St., Des Moines, IA  50309  ...Beth Leonard
Dubuque --  249 West 1st Street, Dubuque, IA  52001   ...Jake Braun
Fort Dodge -- 1027 Central Ave., Fort Dodge, IA  50501   ...Anna Gustina
Iowa City -- 201 S. Clinton #261, Iowa City, IA  52240   ...Chris Hayler
...Marygrace Galston
Mason City -- 15 E State St., Mason City, IA  50401  ...Jack Ryan
Sioux City -- 720 Jackson St., Sioux City, IA  51101  ...Mike Moffo
...Teddy Johnston
Waterloo --  501 Sycamore St. #733, Waterloo, IA  50703  ...Kate Simmons
...Rob Hill

11 additional offices:

Ames -- 319 Clark Ave., Ames, IA  50010  ...Damian Specht
Carroll -- 225 E 5th St., Carroll, IA  51401  ...Steve Bruno
Clinton -- 415 S. 3rd St., Clinton, IA  52732  ...Sarah Dale
Creston -- 121 N Elm St., Creston  50801  ...Justin Buell
Decorah -- 315 W Water St., Decorah, IA  52101   ...Michael Teter
Fort Madison -- 738 Avenue G, Fort Madison, IA  52627   ...Mike Ross
Marshalltown  --107 S. 3rd St., Marshalltown, IA  50156   ...Brent Welder
Newton -- 203 1st Avenue West, Newton, IA  50208  ...Reed Millar (Kerry officially opened Nov. 17, 2003)
Ottumwa -- 103 E 2nd St., Ottumwa, IA 52501   ...Tim Del Monico
Oskaloosa -- 117 N. Market St., Oskaloosa, IA  50577  ...Eve Gutman
Spencer -- 20 W 6th St., Suite #302, Spencer, IA  51301  ...Ronce Almond
Political Director Mike Malaise
(June 18, 2003)  Communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party from January 2003.  Communications director for the House and Senate Caucus, April-Dec. 2002.  Press secretary to Congressman Ken Lucas of Kentucky in Washington from January 2000.
Deputy Political Director/Scheduler Linda Chappetto
(February 17, 2003)  Assistant to First Lady Kristi Vilsack on the Vilsack-Pederson campaign in 2002.  Worked on a state assembly race in Wisconsin in 2000.
Communications Director Laura Capps
(July 15, 2003)  Director of Government Affairs at UC Berkeley from summer 2000 to 2003.  Served on the White House staff from 1995-98, first as executive assistant to Clinton senior advisor George Stephanopoulos, and then as a presidential speechwriter.  Daughter of the late Congressman Walter Capps and now Congresswoman Lois Capps. 
Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Psaki
(April 1, 2003 initially Assistant to the State Director)  Field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign in 2002.
Director of Research/Press Assistant and Research Cyril Dadd
Recent graduate of the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  Worked as an intern with the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, and project coordinator with Africare in South Africa.  B.A. from Tulane University.  Originally from Massachusetts. 
title? John Liipfert
(April 1, 2003--served as Chief of Operations)  Youth organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign in 2002.  Also has White House experience. 
GOTV Director Angelique Pirozzi
(starting November 2003)  Served as Kerry's Iowa field director/caucus manager from January-June 2003.  Campaign manager of the Kerry Committee, Sen. Kerry's re-election campaign in 2002.  Previously, she directed the Democrats' coordinated campaign in Wisconsin in Fall 2000, and earlier was deputy caucus director for Iowans for Gore.  Pirozzi worked on the Clinton/Gore campaign in New Hampshire in 1996.
Director of Constituency Organizing Holly Armstrong
(announced Dec. 9, 2003)  Ran Julie Thomas' 2002 congressional campaign.
Volunteer Coordinator Karla Hardy
ISU junior from Tyler, TX studying History and Sociology, pursuing minors in French and Political Science.
Director of Advance Mwitu Ndugu
Los Angeles coordinator for Assemblyman Herb Wesson.  Previously worked at the White House for a couple of years.
Chief of Operations Charles Richardson
(August 25, 2003) Served as Special Assistant, White House Operations in the Clinton Administration.
State Chair Jerry Crawford
Crawford is Des Moines attorney who has chaired the Polk County Democrats.  He was state chair for Dukakis in 1988 and worked on the Mondale, Clinton, and Gore presidential campaigns.

-On January 12, 2004 Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack endorsed Sen. Kerry.

-On January 11, 2004 The Hawk Eye (Burlington) endorsed Sen. Kerry.

-27 state legislators have endorsed Sen. Kerry (as of January 12, 2004).

-On January 10, 2004 the Iowa City Press-Citizen endorsed Sen. Kerry.

-On January 9, 2004 the campaign announced the endorsement of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.  (Miller had backed Sen. Lieberman).

-On January 8, 2004 the Quad-City Times endorsed Sen. Kerry.

-On January 6, 2004 the campaign announced the endorsement of State Rep. Doug Struyk of Council Bluffs, who had formerly backed Sen. Lieberman.  The campaign also announced the backing of AFSCME Local 231 President Sarah Little of Cedar Rapids and of several former Dean supporters. more

-On December 10, 2003 the campaign announced the endorsement of former state Sen. Mark Shearer of Washington, Iowa.

-On December 1, 2003 the campaign announced it had picked up "significant support" since the JJ Dinner, including State Reps. Dave Jacoby and Donovan Olson.

-On October 9, 2003 the campaign announced its Statewide Leadership Team, including 21 state legislators.

-On September 8, 2003 the campaign announced support of 18 state legislators.

-On August 26, 2003, Sen. Kerry announced the Iowa Veterans for Kerry leadership team.  Chair is State Senator Steve Warnstadt (District 1, Sioux City) >.

-On August 18, 2003 the campaign announced support of 50 labor leaders from across Iowa.

Northeast Ruth Steinmetz
(March 1, 2003) Campaign director for the Oregon Democratic Senate caucus in 2002.  Field director for a campaign finance initiative in Missouri.  Field organizer for the successful congressional race of Jan Schakowsky, Chicago.  Managed a targeted state Senate race in Ft. Collins, CO.  B.A. in political science and public administration from Indiana University.

Utilities on Feb. 24, phones in Feb. 26.  This is the former Dave Ostrem car dealership that served as Elizabeth Dole's Iowa caucus headquarters until she withdrew from the race for the 2000 Republican nomination in Oct. 1999.  Norris stated, "We settled on the location based on quality of work space, convenient location and ample free parking.  While visibility was not a key factor the location does have very good visibility so that's a plus.  A lessor's willingness to do a 11 month lease is also a factor."

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