PRESS RELEASE from Edwards for President
January 29, 2008

Edwards Campaign Announces North Dakota Staff, Expands on Strong Support Across The State

Senior staff will work with the North Dakota leadership team and Edwards supporters and endorsers to build support leading to the February 5th caucus


The John Edwards campaign announced today the addition of North Dakota senior staff to work with the experienced state leadership team that has been in place in the state for over four years. The campaign is building support across the state and reaching out to caucus-goers through both media and grassroots activity to spread Edwards' message of making sure our government is working for working families and the middle class again, not just for the special interests. Edwards grew up in small towns, understands rural America and has proposed the most comprehensive rural recovery plan of all Democratic candidates for president.

The Edwards North Dakota staff is joining an already active state campaign team, led by State Advisors Tim Purdon and Chad Oban who have been building
support in the state for four years. Tim Purdon is a highly respected Democratic activist in North Dakota. He served as Edwards' North Dakota campaign Co-Chair in 2004, is the Treasurer of the North Dakota Democratic - NPL Party and is the Chair of the Bismarck Democratic Committee. Chad Oban served as North Dakota State Director for Edwards in 2004 and brings nearly ten years of experience in North Dakota politics at the municipal, statewide and state legislative levels.

"John Edwards has shown a continued commitment to North Dakota, a state that shares his values and his priority of giving a voice to working and middle-class families," said State Advisor Tim Purdon. "We're very excited to have additional staff to help spread Edwards' message and build on the already strong North Dakota support for his campaign."

In the past two years, Edwards has visited North Dakota to meet with labor and rural community leaders, and campaign for local Democratic officials. He enjoys strong grassroots support in the state, including the support of more than 2,500 union members across North Dakota. Edwards has also won the support of dozens of Democratic elected officials and party leaders from every region of the state including Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson, State Senate Democratic Leader David O'Connell and State House Democratic Leader Merle Boucher. Edwards also enjoys the support of a majority of Democrats in both the House and Senate in North Dakota.


Due to a schedule change, Senator John Edwards will no longer be holding an event on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 in Fargo. Senator Edwards will return
to North Dakota later in the week. Details will be announced soon.

Paid for by John Edwards for President

CONTACT: Peter Bondi of John Edwards for President