McCain General Election Regional Campaign Organization, West -
CA, NV, OR, WA, AK and HI  
updated March 2, 2009

McCain-Palin 2008

Western Regional Headquarters:  8935 South Pecos Road, Suite 22A  |  Henderson, NV 89074
Regional Campaign Manager, West (CA, NV, OR, WA, AK and HI) John Peschong
Partner at Meridian Pacific, Inc (MPI).  Northwestern regional political director at the RNC, 1998-2005.  Executive director of Dan Quayle's PAC, Campaign America, 1997-98.  Executive director of the California Republican Party, 1994-97.  Other experience includes press secretary to a U.S. Senate candidate, partner in a PR firm, White House Office of Communications during the Reagan Administration, Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, RNC, Fund for America's Future (a PAC).  B.A. in communications arts from Loyola Marymount University, 1984.

Deputy Regional Campaign Manager  Jennifer Clarke
(May 2008)  Director of advertising at Freedom's Watch.  Research assistant ad Public Opinion Strategies.  Assistant director of strategic programs at Californians for Schwarzenegger 2006.  Assistant to Matthew Dowd at ViaNovo, 2004-06.  Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Regional Communications Director Rick Gorka
Campaign manager for state Senate candidate Mark D. Tate in Virginia in 2007.  In 2006 Gorka served as a field representative for U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris through the primary, then as field director for U.S. House candidate Gus Bilirakis.

Regional Coalitions Director Miryam Mora
Executive director at Donate Life California since June 2007.  M.A. in political science from California State University-Los Angeles, 2006; B.A. in political science from California State University-Northridge, 2004.  Came to the United States from Mexico.

Regional Event and Surrogate Director Adam Jones
Pollster at Dan Jones and Associates.  Campaign manager on Jeff Evans for State Senate VA-20, 2007.  Degree in political science from the University of Utah, 2007.  Staff assistant/intern for Rep. Rob Bishop UT-01; senior collections analyst at Kirton & McConkie in Salt Lake City; intern at the Scottish National Party.

State Director Andrea Jones
Managed Rep. Tom Campbell's 2000 U.S. Senate campaign in California.  Daughter of former California Secretary of State Bill Jones.

State Director Vaughn L. Ward
Iraq war veteran.  In January 2006, Vaughn went on military furlough from the CIA in order to reactivate with the Marines and serve in Iraq; he served as a Marine Rifle Company Commander in Fallujah, Iraq, from March to October of 2006.  Vaughn left active duty in January 2007 and resigned from the CIA in May 2007.  Joined the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, where he trained as an operations officer and served in the Middle East and Africa.   M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, 2002.  joined the Marine Corps in 1995 and served until 2000.  worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to then-Sen. Dirk Kempthorne in 1993.  Undergraduate degree from Boise State University.

State Director Mason Harrison
Account executive at Meridian Pacific, Inc (MPI).  B.A. in political science from U.C. Davis, 2007.  Elected chairman of the California College Republicans in 2006.  Raised in Sonora, California.

State Director Don Skillman
Director at Infotech Strategies, 1999-2001.  Undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, 1994.



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