Chris Dodd-Organization, Iowa
updated December 22, 2007

Headquarters:  1115 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309 
...moved in approx. the second week of March 2007.  6,400 square feet.
(late Aug. 2007)

Important Note: On Oct. 9, 2007 the campaign made a significant adjustment, moving state director Marc Beltrame to the role of senior political advisor, and announcing its national field director Julie Andreeff Jensen as Iowa state director and its New Hampshire state director Steve Gerenscer as Iowa caucus director.  Further, the campaign announced the addition of 17 new field organizers bringing the total number of organizers to 60 spread over 11 regional offices.  However, some of that growth came at the cost of New Hampshire organization.
State Director Julie Andreeff Jensen
(announced Oct. 9, 2007; succeeded Marc Beltrame)  Jensen previously served as the campaign's national field director and initially as national deputy political director, announced March 21, 2007.  "In 2006, Andreeff Jensen ran regional political operations for Governor Mark Warner."  Attorney and lobbyist.  Andreeff worked on Kerry's Iowa caucus campaign starting in August 2003; after the caucuses she went on to North Dakota, Wisconsin and Hawaii.  She returned to Iowa early in the general election to serve as political director, but then was sent to Ohio, where she worked the final five months of the campaign, serving as NW Ohio field director and coordinating GOTV in Cuyahoga County.  Andreeff left her position as an associate at Powell Goldstein Frazer and Murphy LLP in Washington, DC to join Kerry's campaign.  Law degree from American University's Washington College of Law.  Worked as an aide to Sen. Kennedy.  B.A. in political science from American University.
Caucus Director Steve Gerenscer
(announced Oct. 9, 2007)  Gerenscer previously served as the campaign's New Hampshire state director; he started in NH with the title of deputy state director.  Political director on the NH Democratic Coordinated Campaign, starting in April 2004, and was the first post-primary NH staffer for the Kerry campaign, March-April 2004.  Deputy political director on Howard Dean's NH primary campaign from mid-Feb. 2003 to Feb. 2004.  Field staffer on the 2002 NH Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign in Keene, responsible for Cheshire County and western Hillsborough County.  B.S. in environmental studies from the University of Vermont, 2000.
Deputy Caucus Director Joe Zepecki
(started Sept. 17, 2007, announced Sept. 26, 2007)  Zepecki previously served as the campaign's Nevada state coordinator; starting April 9, 2007.  Associate at 360JMG in Washington, DC since 2004, managing direct mail campaigns for Democratic candidates including the Iowa House Caucus in 2004 and 2006.  Regional director in the Milwaukee office on Gen. Wesley Clark's 2004 presidential primary campaign.  B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University in May 2007.  Wisconsin native.
Political Director Nikki Budzinski
(announced Sept. 26, 2007)  Came to the campaign from the IAFF, where she worked as a political representative responsible for outreach and coordination with state associations.  "Served on John Kerry's presidential campaign in both Missouri and Ohio." Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Senior Political Advisor Marc Beltrame
(State director for the first seven-plus months of the campaign; reported by DMR's Thomas Beaumont on Feb. 21, 2007, announced March 5, 2007)   Worked in a top position on Congressman Leonard Boswell’s 2006 re-election campaign.  Deputy district director for Congressman Boswell.  Attorney at the Whitfield & Eddy law firm in Des Moines.  B.A. and law degrees from the University of Iowa, where he was student government president.  Des Moines native.
Deputy Political Director/Constituency Coordinator Brenda Arredondo
Arredondo came to the campaign from the office of Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) where she worked as legislative correspondent/systems administrator.
Deputy Political Director Katie Finn
(first person on the ground; initially focused on constituencies, then surrogates)  Worked on now Congressman Dave Loebsack's 2006 campaign.
Deputy Political Director/Trip Director Bob Brennan
Camp Bayh graduate; worked on Chet Culver's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.  B.A. in international relations from The George Washington University.
    Surrogate Scheduler Chuck Swirsky
    Came to the campaign from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro's office.  Managed DeLauro's 2004 re-election campaign.  Graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Political Assistant Cari Sagar
(started as office manager)  Aug. 2007 graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in political science.  From Marshalltown.
Field Director Ben Rohrbaugh
Field director on Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle's successful Feb. 27, 2007 campaign.  Worked on the Christine Jennings recount in Florida.  Ran the volunteer field program for Congresswoman Melissa Bean's successful 2006 re-election campaign in the Illinois 6th CD.  John Kerry campaign in Northern Michigan.
Director of Voter Contact David Joseph
DCCC's Indiana Director of Finance and Voter Contact for the successful 2006 congressional campaigns of Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth, and Baron Hill.  Previously served on John Kerry's campaign in Michigan and Dick Gephardt's Iowa Caucus bid.

Regional Field Offices and Directors>
Polk County

Justin Lindsay - Has previously directed field and coordinated field programs in Michigan, as well as working on the John Kerry campaign in Michigan and the Christine Jennings recount effort in Florida.

North Central Iowa: 507 Main Street, Ames   (515) 232-0264

John Yaggi - Has served on the campaigns of Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lunsford, Indiana Congressman Baron Hill, and Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle.

Burlington: 514 Jefferson Street, 1st Floor, Burlington, IA 53601   (319) 752-5138
Chris Bowen

Cedar Rapids: 1229 1st Avenue, Cedar Rapids   (319) 247-6030

Ben Young - Previously worked for Arkansas Congressman Marion Berry, as well as on the campaigns of Indiana Congressman Baron Hill and Arkansas Congressional candidate Jan Judy.

Coralville-Iowa City: 250 12th Avenue, Suite 290, Coralville, IA 52241   (319) 354-4527
Ben Young

Southwest Iowa: 105 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs   (712) 352-0030

Greg Neil - Previously served as a field organizer for Indiana Congressman Baron Hill and Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle.

Southeast Iowa: 207 E. 2nd Street, Davenport   (563) 326-6095

Chris Bowen - Most recently served as a regional field director for the Iowa Democratic Party's 2006 coordinated campaign.  Previously worked for Chet Culver's primary campaign for governor and for the New Jersey Democratic Party.  Native of Burlington, Iowa.

Northeast Iowa: 1540 Central Avenue, Dubuque   (563) 588-1146

Kevin McTigue - A field coordinator for Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's 2006 re-election campaign.  Field director for Virginia Delegate Vivian Watts in 2005.  Michigan Volunteer Coordinator for John Kerry.

Fort Dodge: 1020 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge
...announced Nov. 7, 2007

Mason City: 208 1st Street NW, Mason City, IA 50401   (641) 423-3216

Ottumwa: 347 East 2nd Street, Ottumwa
...announced Nov. 7, 2007
Chris Bowen

Northwest Iowa: 504 Nebraska Street, Sioux City   (712) 252-9805

Mario Piscatella - Most recently served as senior advisor and strategic director for Pete Ashdown's U.S. Senate campaign in Utah in 2006.

Waterloo: 3641 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo   (319) 234-1326

Rich Wilkins - Has previously served on several state and federal campaigns in Pennsylvania, as well as John Kerry's presidential campaign in that state.
Press Secretary Taylor West
(announced March 5, 2007)  In 2006 West served as press secretary on Chet Culver's gubernatorial campaign in Iowa and earlier as communications director for Harris Miller's campaign for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in Virginia.  Deputy policy director to Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA).  Deputy research director for Tim Kaine's 2005 gubernatorial campaign.  Graduate of Duke University.
Deputy Press Secretary Megan Lubin

Traveling Press Secretary Kate Szostak
(started in Iowa Nov. 8, 2007; previously national deputy press secretary)  Formerly Dodd's press secretary in the Senate office.  Graduate of Harvard University.  Originally from Providence, RI. of Nov. 8, 2007 staff of 78.
...On Oct. 19, 2007 the AP's Philip Elliott reported, "Jackie Clegg Dodd and the couple's two daughters have relocated to a Des Moines rental house for the remainder of the early nominating calendar..."  Elliott, citing spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan, reported a total Iowa staff of 72. of Oct. 9, 2007 campaign announced addition of 17 new field organizers bringing the total number of organizers to 60 spread over 11 regional offices. of Sept. 26, 2007 the campaign reported a total Iowa staff of 56. of early July 2007 about 40 staff including 21 field organizers.

State Leadership Team (as announced Nov. 28, 2007)
Sen. Jeff Danielson of Waterloo, State Co-Chair – Iowa Senate President Pro Tempore  (endorsement announced Sept. 13, 2007)

Fred Hubbell of Des Moines, State Co-Chair – Chair, Iowa Power Fund

Bob Skow of Dallas Center, State Co-Chair – CEO, Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa and Former State Representative

Sen. Tom Hancock of Epworth – Iowa State Senator  (endorsement announced Oct. 9, 2007)

Rep. Ray Zirkelbach of Monticello – Iowa State Representative   (endorsement announced Oct. 12, 2007)

Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald of Colo – Story County Sheriff   (endorsement announced Nov. 17, 2007)

Bob Fulwider of West Liberty – President, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America

Steve Jackson of Cedar Rapids – Founder, The Phoenix Club

Jack Reed of Ottumwa – President, Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association

Alan Steckman of Mason City – Former Iowa State Representative candidate

Terry Stewart of Dubuque – Chair, Dubuque County Democrats  (endorsement announced Nov. 13, 2007)

County Chairs/Co-Chairs
on Sept. 18, 2007 the campaign announced chairs/co-chairs for the top 20 Democratic caucus counties
on Nov. 28, 2007, in addition to its state leadership team, the campaign announced additional county chairs

Polk County
Dick Murphy, Co-Chair – President, Polk County School Board; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Rose Mary Pratt, Co-Chair – Democratic Activist and Former Staff Member, Office of Governor Tom Vilsack
John Tekippe, Co-Chair – President, IAFF Local 4
John Feller – Former VFW Post Commander
Joanne Tubbs - Teacher

Linn County
Rick Scofield, Co-Chair – President, IAFF Local 11
Jerry Vuichard, Co-Chair – Business Manager, IBEW Local 1362
Kay Hale, Co-Chair – Financial Secretary, Linn County Democrats Central Committee
Joe Stutler – Veterans Caucus Chair, Linn County Democrats Central Committee
Kay Jackson – Director of Nursing and Democratic Activist

Scott County
Jose Bucksbaum, Chair – Affirmative Action Chair, Scott County Democrats Central Committee

Johnson County
Pat Harney, Co-Chair – Johnson County Supervisor
Eric Nurnberg, Co-Chair – President, IAFF Local 610
Linda Louko – Member, “The 49” grassroots political organization

Black Hawk County
Frank Magsamen, Co-Chair – Black Hawk County Supervisor
Tom Powers, Co-Chair – IAFF Local 66
Frank Thompson, Co-Chair - Professor of Economics, Treasurer of the United Faculty at the University of Northern Iowa

Dubuque County
Helene Magee, Co-Chair – County Publicity Co-Chair, Dubuque County Democrats Central Committee
Terry Stewart, Co-Chair – Chair, Dubuque County Democrats
Tom Ready – Former President, IAFF Local 353

Story County
Mike Bryant, Chair – President, IAFF Local 625

Woodbury County
Rob Marqusee, Chair – Woodbury County Director of Rural Economic Development

Pottawattamie County
Justin James, Chair – President, IAFF Local 15
Edward Bremmer – Former Iowa State Representative
Dan McGinn – Pottawattamie County Assistant County Attorney

Clinton County
Joel Atkinson, Chair – Vice President, IAFF Local 609

Cerro Gordo County
Alan Steckman, Co-Chair – Former State Representative Candidate; Former Postmaster of Mason City
Jerry Taylor, Co-Chair – Activist and Member, Cerro Gordo County Democrats Central Committee
Jay Urdahl, Co-Chair – Chair, Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors; President of the Board of Directors, North Iowa Community Action Organization
Phil Dougherty – Cerro Gordo County Supervisor; District Two President, Iowa State Association of Counties
Michael Herman – Former President of the North Iowa Nine Labor Council

Des Moines County
Diane Ehret, Co-Chair – Teacher and Democratic Activist
Al Pealer, Co-Chair – Veteran and Former VFW Post Commander
Dave Warth – VFW Post Commander

Dallas County
Bob Skow, Chair – CEO, Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa and Former State Representative

Warren County
Kevin Middleswart, Co-Chair – Warren County Supervisor
Scott Voogd, Co-Chair – Teacher and Democratic Activist

Lee County
Bill Olmsted, Chair – Keokuk City Councilman

Webster County
Mary B. Wilson, Chair – Retired Teacher and Former Member, Webster County School Board

Marshall County
Wayne Sawtelle, Chair – Vice Chair, Marshall County Democrats Central Committee and Former Political Director, Iowa Professional Fire Fighters

Muscatine County
Mark Butterworth, Chair – Small Business Owner and Retired Teacher

Wapello County
Marlin Hesse, Chair – Democratic Activist

Boone County
Justin Adams, Chair – President, IAFF Local 678

Benton County
Larry Schmidt – Treasurer, Benton County Democrats; Executive Board, Hawkeye Labor Council

Marion County
David Isgrig, Chair – Superintendent, Pleasantville Schools

Bremer County
Christine Rediske, Co-Chair – Secretary, Bremer County Democrats Central Committee
Karen Thalacker, Co-Chair – Vice Chair, Bremer County Democrats Central Committee
Ann Dirksenfahrer – Former Secretary, Bremer County Democrats Central Committee

Fayette County
Howard Bird, Co-Chair – Veterans’ Issues Activist
Rosie Bird, Co-Chair – Democratic Activist

Jones County
Gary Hart, Chair – Chair, Jones County Democrats

Poweshiek County
Sarah Adams, Co-Chair – Former Chair, Poweshiek County Democrats Central Committee
Delores Mulvihill, Co-Chair – Former Member, Iowa Democratic Party Central Committee

Cedar County
Don Place, Co-Chair – Veterans Issues Activist
Tammy Place, Co-Chair – Vice Chair, Cedar County Democrats Central Committee

Carroll County
Mary C. Baumhover, Chair – Carroll County Democrats Central Committee

Washington County
Terry Philips – Steering Committee Member, Iowa Democratic Party Veterans Caucus

Floyd County
Delbert Vokes, Chair – Former Mayor of Floyd

Jefferson County
Jennifer Lunsford, Chair – Chair, Jefferson County Democrats
Jennifer Hawthorne – Author

Henry County
Martha Dahlin, Chair – Former Member, Henry County Democrats Central Committee

Hardin County
Rocky Lavalle, Chair – Mayor of Iowa Falls

Plymouth County
Ron Stopak, Chair – Vice Chair and Former Chair, Plymouth County Democrats

Chickasaw County
Paul Swenson, Chair – Retired Teacher and Democratic Activist

Crawford County
Marcia Bachmann – Chair, Crawford County Democrats
John Lawler – Crawford County Supervisor

Harrison County
Lydia Caldeira, Chair – Small Business Owner and Democratic Activist

Keokuk County
Rod Hill, Chair – Teacher and Democratic Activist

More endorsements
Iowa City Councilman Matt Hayek (announced Dec. 22, 2007)

Sioux City-area radio host and columnist Paul Guggenheimer (Nov. 5, 2007 column in the Sioux City Journal)

Independent Expenditures connection to the campaign

International Association of Fire Fighters
Bus tour Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2007

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