Dennis Kucinich-Campaign Organization, Virginia
Kucinich for President  

Kucinich for President Virginia Leadership

Virginia State Co-Coordinator
Virginia State Co-Coordinator
Peter Rush, Leesburg
Steve Cerny

Peter Rush responded to questions in a Dec. 30, 2003 e-mail:

No, I'm not on staff.  Just a volunteer with 2 other full-time jobs (working for a living 8-6 (including commute time), and having a home life with wife and 2 kids, age 12 and 13). 

On the campaign in Virginia, we are very slow in getting geared up.  Basically, when I stepped in 2 weeks ago as co-coordinator, I took over administering our contact database in Kintera, and discovered how many names, including lots of people saying they were eager to work, we had, and hadn't contacted.  I immediately prepared a cleaned up list and began trying to farm it out to people to call people.  It is moving, but has been very slow because of the holiday.  That for me was step one.  Step two will be matching people with activities.  We still haven't been able to find out what is available from the Democratic party by way of names and phone numbers of registered Dems in the state, including cost, since calling that list will be my highest priority, if we can get it.  No, we have no endorsements of any kind that I know of. 

56 years old, born on crest of baby boomers, 1947, graduated Swarthmore College, 1969, where I was a student leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement, spent a number of years in the LaRouche movement during '70s and '80s, broke with that a decade ago, and have been looking for a political home, a candidate I can back and for whom I can wholeheartedly organize, ever since. When I heard, read and saw Dennis, I knew I was home again, and am just as committed and passionate as I was in 1969 behind him and the movement he is building. I am employed full time as a
 data modeler and data architect, meaning I work on the design, integration and implementation of databases, presently working on a contractor basis for Health Affairs division of the Department of Defense. My passions are history and political activism, I love classical music, my favorite sports are running and tennis. I am married, with 2 children adopted from Russia, now 12 and 13.

Steve Cerny provided some background in a January 3, 2004 e-mail

I've been active in progressive politics since high school (early 70s) and college (mid 70s) and worked on many campaigns since then including the presidential campaigns of George McGovern in 1972, Fred Harris in 1976, and Jerry Brown in 1980 and served in Dennis Kucinich's administration when he was mayor of Cleveland in the late 70s (I first met him when I was in high school).  In the 1980s I was active mostly in local Cleveland politics, Ohio politics to some extent, and in Central America anti-intervention efforts.  Professionally, after working as an organizer for a Citizen Action predecessor organization in the Akron-Canton area, I returned to Cleveland
to work in the Kucinich administration as a city planner, where I remained until I graduated from law school and came to DC in 1990 to work as an attorney at HUD.  I moved to Reston in 1993 and became involved in VA politics in 1994, when most of the Hatch Act restrictions against Federal employees' involvement in political campaigns were lifted.  I coordinated several campaigns for state delegate Ken Plum (D-Reston) in the 90s and also worked in the campaigns of a number of Democratic Party candidates, although I became very frustrated with the Democrats both locally and nationally and quit the local party committee.  I consider myself both a Green and a Democrat, and support Green campaigns against non-progressive obstructionists or corporate sell-out Democrats, but would rather see this kind of problem resolved within the party.  A Green should never challenge a reasonable Democrat when there is a danger of delivering an election to a reactionary Republican.

I got involved with the Kucinich campaign in late October and became VA co-coordinator in late Nov. or early Dec.

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