John Kerry-Campaign Organization, Michigan
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. Michigan Leadership
Campaign Headquarters: 26100 American Drive, Suite 200, Southfield
moved in latter part of Sept. 2003; grand opening Oct. 2, 2003
All Michiganers
State Director Jim Curran
(started September 2003)  Associate at Karoub Associates a lobbying firm in Lansing; he joined in 2000.  Curran is former manager of government relations for Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART).  He is a certified professional of the Academy for Health Care Management.  Curran earned his B.S. from Michigan State University.
Deputy State Director Michael Simon
(started with the campaign full time in mid June 2003)  An aide to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm on her successful 2002 campaign and on the transition team.  In 2000 worked as an Oakland County Field Organizer for the Michigan Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.  Graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in political science.
Political Director Jennifer Ferguson
(started October 22, 2003)  Ferguson returned to Michigan to work on the Kerry campaign after spending years living in Boston, MA and Washington, DC.  She earned her BS degree in Public Relations/Mass Communications from Boston University.  Her tenure in Washington, DC began at the Democratic National Committee working as a coordinator for women's' activities for the '96 Democratic convention.  She was a political appointee for the Clinton Administration, working at the White House Office of Management and Budget as a Public Affairs Officer and a Special Assistent for the Director of Health, Personnel and Veterans Affairs.  She is the daughter of Joel Ferguson of Lansing, who has been a member of the DNC since 1988.
Regional Field Director Matthew Phelan
(started October 2003)  Phelan began his involvement in campaigns as a visibility director for the 2000 Coordinated Campaign in Southwest Michigan.  In 2002 heorked as Campaign Coordinator for the Ed LaForge for State Senate campaign and as field staff for the Jennifer Granholm for Governor campaign in Kalamazoo.  Graduate of Western Michigan University.
Regional Field Director Amy McCusker
(Started on the Kerry campaign in June 2003 as a volunteer, hired in September 2003)  Volunteer on Democratic campaigns in Michigan since Dukakis in 1988, and has worked on  local campaigns as a profession, some paid, some volunteer, for the past four years.  In 2002 she worked as 11th CD Field Coordinator for the Granholm campaign and also assisted in scheduling.  McCusker is Secretary of the 11th CD Democrats (Wayne and Oakland Counties), and elected member at-large in the Southwest Oakland Democrats.  She has B.A. in Journalism/Poli Sci/History from University of Michigan.  McCusker has done research on voting trends in ethnic communities, war trends and foreign policy (specifically the Arab and Israeli conflict and Irish question), worked in radio, and  was the Community Services Director for the City of Wixom.  She is working on completing an M.A. in Public Policy through University of Michigan.
Regional Field Director Shirley Brockhahn
(started October 2003)  A recently retired teacher who has been involved in politics with the Michigan Education Association Political Action Committee and the Genesee County Democratic Party (currently 1st Vice Chair).  Brockhahn has worked on numerous coordinated campaigns at the local, state and national levels.  She was the campaign manager for state Rep. Rose Bogardus's successful re-election in 2000.  She has a B.S. and M.A. from Eastern Michigan University.
Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager Joan Gebhardt
(started May 2003; officially on staff as the Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator in mid-September 2003)  Gebhardt is a retired elementary school principal.  In the year prior to the Kerry campaign, she was a regular volunteer on the Granholm for Governor campaign, working in the Livonia headquarters.  Her campaign experience has been largely on local campaigns such as school board and millage elections, including as campaign manager to several school board candidates.   Gebhardt earned her B.A. and M.A. from Eastern Michigan University and completed pre-doctoral work at Wayne State University.  She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Madonna University.
Director of Faith Outreach Frances Davis
Davis served as Deputy Campaign Coordinator/Director of Urban Strategy and Coordinator of City of Detroit for the Jim Blanchard for Governor campaign, Feb.-Aug. 2002.  She worked as an assistant to Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, focusing on community and legislative affairs and economic development, 1994-2001.   Davis served as executive administrative assistant to Detroit Councilman Nicholas Hood, 1985-93; and as special projects assistant to Detroit Councilwoman Erma Henderson, 1983-85.  She was a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention and served on the State Central Committee of the Michigan Democratic Party, 1997-2002.

(the twelve state legislators reported by George Weeks in the Detroit News, August 14, 2003)
Sen. Buzz Thomas - Detroit
Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman - Detroit
Rep. Tupac Hunter - Detroit 
Rep. Bill McConico - Detroit 
Rep. Mary Waters - Detroit
Rep. Paul Condino - Southfield 
Rep. Chris Kolb - Ann Arbor 
Rep. Alexander Lipsey - Kalamazoo
Rep. Clarence Phillips - Pontiac
Rep. Joseph Rivet - Bay City 
Rep. Dale Sheltrown - Gladwin 
Rep. Lisa Wojno - Warren

Former Governor Jim Blanchard
Daniel Mulhern, husband of Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Former Wayne County Commissioner Art Blackwell
Emma Bell, chair of the Michigan Women's Commission

also (from list of superdelegates on website)
Lu Battaglieri, DNC Member
Joel Ferguson, DNC Member

Steering Committee
Former Governor Jim Blanchard
Daniel Mulhern, husband of Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Sen. Buzz Thomas - Detroit
Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman - Detroit
Emma Bell, chair of the Michigan Women's Commission
Former Wayne County Commissioner Art Blackwell
Reverend Leroy Shelton - Flint

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Copyright © 2003  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action