John Edwards-Organization, New Hampshire
updated december 12, 2007

Headquarters: 66 Hanover Street, Suite 201C, Manchester ...Elizabeth Edwards opened on April 30, 2007
(May 10, 2007 grab)
State Director Beth Leonard
(announced Feb. 13, 2007)  During the 2006 election cycle, Leonard served as the GOTV Director for the DSCC.  Campaign manager for Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s re-election campaign.  In 2004, Leonard was a consultant to the recount for Christine Gregoire’s gubernatorial campaign in Washington.  She worked on Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign as the field director in Ohio during the general campaign, as the California field and political director during the primaries, and as the Central Iowa field director for Kerry's Iowa caucus campaign starting in March 2003.  During the 2002 elections, Leonard worked on Sen. Mary Landrieu’s run-off election and as a regional field director for the Iowa Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  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 the George Washington University.  B.S. in developmental psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Special Assistant to the State Director Sara Conneighton

Deputy State Director Wally Adeyemo
Student at Yale Law School; has finished two years.  Graduate of U.C. Berkeley, 2003; president of the Associated Students of the University of California, 2001-02.


Political Director David Kieve
(succeeded James Katz)  Kieve came to the NH campaign from Chapel Hill, where he served as a regional political director in Chapel Hill since the campaign launched in January 2007.  He worked on the 2004 campaign in Iowa.
Political Assistant Colin Judd



Field Director Paul Dunn
Seacoast regional field coordinator (Portsmouth) on Sen. Edwards' 2003-4 New Hampshire primary campaign.  Volunteer coordinator for Martha Fuller Clark's 2002 congressional campaign.  Previously worked on Democratic campaigns in Wisconsin.
Deputy Field Director Karla Thieman
(initially Concord regional field director)  Field organizer for Missouri Democrats' 2006 Coordinated Campaign (Project Victory '06) in St. Joseph.   Field organizer for Colorado Victory 2004 in the Pueblo office.
Deputy Field Director Pete Kavanaugh

Regional Offices and Directors >>

Dan Buttrey - Field organizer for Missouri Democrats' 2006 Coordinated Campaign (Project Victory '06) in Hannibal/Kirksville.  In Fall 2004 Buttrey was the canvass director for America Coming Together in New Hampshire.  Worked on Sen. Edwards' 2004 NH primary campaign in the Portsmouth office.  Graduated from Michigan State in 2004.

Lakes/North Country 2 - Berlin: 256 Main Street, Berlin, NH  03570  (603) 752-4049

Mark Henson -

Concord:  12 North Main St., Concord, NH  03301  (603) 410-4172
...Elizabeth Edwards opened June 4, 2007

Kelly Harlow - (succeeded Karla Thieman)  Came to the NH campaign after working as a regional field director on the campaign in Nevada.

Conway:  2686 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH 03860
...David Bonior opened weekend of Nov. 3-4, 2007

Southern Tier:  6 West Broadway, Derry, NH 03038  (603) 785-2235

Emily Allen-Wiles - Bachelor's degree in politics from Earlham College, 2004.

Strafford:  40 Chestnut Street, Dover, NH  03824  (603) 785-2142

Mike Alfoni - Field organizer for Missouri Democrats' 2006 Coordinated Campaign (Project Victory '06) in Columbia.  In 2004 was a regional director of New Voters Project in Colorado.  Graduate of Clark University with a degree in government and sociology, 2004.

Keene:  441 Main Street, Keene, NH  03431  (603) 354-7826

Emily Nowlin -

Lakes/North Country 1 - Laconia: 624 Main Street, Laconia, NH  03246   (603) 752-4049

Mark Henson -

Upper Valley and Claremont:  Rivermill Commercial Center, Building #5, 85 Mechanic Street, Lebanon, NH 03766   603-289-7680

David Zucker -

Nashua:  85 West Pearl Street, Nashua, NH 03060  (603) 738-5197

Matt Lydon - Field organizer on Sen. Edwards' 2003-04 Iowa caucus campaign in the Dubuque office.

Seacoast:  195 Hanover Street, Suite 34, Portsmouth, NH  (603) 738-5103

Emily Arsenault -

 Rochester - One Wakefield Street, Suite 310, Rochester, NH 03867  (603) 785 5109
...David Bonior opened weekend of Nov. 3-4, 2007

Data Director (Voter File Manager & Technical Support) Matt Klaber



Press Secretary Kate Bedingfield
(started in NH in May 2007/previously deputy national press secretary on the campaign through April/May 2007).  DCCC Western regional press secretary in the 2006 cycle.  Spokeswomen on Paul Hackett congressional campaign in Ohio's 2nd CD (Aug. 2005 special election).  Worked on the Kerry-Edwards general election campaign.  Worked at the AFL-CIO.  Graduate of the University of Virginia.
Deputy Press Secretary Eddie Vale
(earlier worked advance on the campaign)  In the 2006 cycle Vale served as assistant communications director on Ned Lamont for Senate in Connecticut, and earlier as deputy campaign manager on John Hall's primary campaign in New York's 19th CD, and as deputy communications director on Spitzer for Governor in New York.  Field director on Ginny Schrader's 2004 congressional cmapaign in Pennsylvania's 8th CD.  Degree in environmental law from the Law School at PACE University.  Seven years organizing for NYPIRG on environmental and consumer issues.  Undergraduate degree from UMASS Amherst.  Grew up in Long Island, NY.
Press Assistant Alex Reese



Trip and Advance Director Jorna Taylor
Development director at Women's Action for New Directions, 2005-06.  National site advance on Kerry/Edwards 04.  Deputy campaign manager on Shirley Krug for Congress (WI 4).  Oklahoma political director on John Edwards for President, started Aug. 2003.  Finance director to Barbara Lawton’s successful 2002 primary race for Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor and then worked for Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle's successful 2002 general election campaign.  Worked for the Wisconsin Democratic Party,   Project organizer for the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, AFT.  Graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; served as president of the University of Wisconsin United Council of Students, representing more than 140,000 students on 24 campuses.
Deputy Advance Director Susie Whitlock

Advance Staff Andrew Smith

Director of Online Outreach Amy Rubin
Rubin came to the NH campaign from Chapel Hill where she was deputy director of online outreach.  Prior to joining the Edwards campaign, she worked at the Boston-based social media start-up,, where she headed up the development of the company’s political channel.  Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, 2005.
Operations Director Alice Peterson

>On Nov. 9, 2007 in Manchester, Cate Edwards and Kate Michelman announced the formation of New Hampshire Women for Edwards and the campaign released a list 433 New Hampshire women supporting Edwards.

>The New Hampshire State Employees' Association (SEIU local 1984) announced its endorsement of Sen. Edwards on Oct. 31, 2007.

On April 23, 2007 the campaign announced endorsements of more than 40 New Hampshire leaders, including 3 state Senators and 12 state Representatives:
Sen. Peter Burling, NH Senate Deputy Majority Leader
Sen. Joe Foster, NH Senate Majority Leader
Sen. David Gottesman, NH Senate Deputy Democratic Whip

Rep. Linda Foster, NH House Deputy Speaker
Rep. Sharon Nordgren, NH House Finance Committee Chair (Div III)
Rep. Don Brueggeman, NH State Representative
Rep. Jackie Cali-Pitts, NH State Representative
Rep. Claudia Chase, NH State Representative
Rep. Steve Destefano, NH State Representative
Rep. David Essex, NH State Representative
Rep. Patrick Garrity, NH State Representative, Firefighter
Rep. Joe Miller, M.D., NH State Representative, Doctor
Rep. Gary Richardson, NH State Representative
Rep. Rob Theberge, NH State Representative
Rep. Chuck Weed, NH State Representative, Professor at Keene State College

Caroline McCarley, Former NH State Senator
Laurie McCray, Prominent Seacoast Progressive Activist
Paul  Robitaille, Coos County Democratic Chair
Chris Sullivan, Concord Activist & Former US DOJ official

Bill Barry, Prominent Nashua activist & attorney
Elaine Belanger, Prominent North Country Activist
Will Boc, Former Dover Mayor and City Councilor
Jon Bresler, Concord Democratic Activist
Tenley & Peter Callaghan, Concord Democratic Activists & Attorneys
Chris Coates, Keene School Board, Former NH State Representative
Tim Decker, Immediate Past President, SEA NH, Juvenile Probation Officer in Manchester
Joe Donahue, Derry Town Chair & NE Carpenters Organizer
Lucy Hodder, Prominent activist, attorney, and advocate
Helen Honorow, Prominent activist and member of the State Board of Education
Harry Judd, Prominent Concord activist & attorney
Leo Lessard, Former State Senator
Chris Miller, Prominent Concord activist, psychologist
Jon and Sandy Mucci, Prominent Lakes Region Activists
Deb Nelson, Educator & Upper Valley Democratic Activist
Scott Pauls, Educator, Lebanon Planning Board
Maureen Raiche Manning, Prominent Manchester Activist, Former Vice Chair of the NH Democratic Party
Karen Ryan, Grantham Town Chair
Chris Seufert, Prominent Activist & Attorney
Elissa Stone, Prominent Environmental Activist, Small Business Owner
Kristin Sullivan, Prominent Activist
Tom Watson, Prominent Activist & Attorney
Rob Werner, Merrimack County Democratic Chair

Deputy Political Director Matt Spence
(with the campaign from the start; resignation reported by James Pindell on Sept. 19, 2007) In NH, Spence managed State Sen. Peter Burling's 2006 re-election and did early fundraising and consulting for State Sen. Maggie Hassan.  He was volunteer coordinator for the last two months of Manchester Mayor Bob Baines' 2005 campaign.  Graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in political science.  In 2004 he was president of the NC State University College Dems, and in that capacity, helped with the Democratic campaign in the fall.
Political Director James Katz
(from the start...left the campaign at the beginning of May 2007)  Took leave from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government.  Field director at 1199/SEIU in New York, where he managed a successful statewide field campaign to save Medicaid.  Deputy state director in Nevada for America Coming Together during the 2004 general election.  Western regional field coordinator (Keene) on Sen. Edwards' 2003-4 New Hampshire primary campaign.  B.A. in political science from Brown University, 2003; president of Brown College Democrats and organized student campaign efforts in RI and NH.
Deputy Field Director Janie Camino

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