Obama General Election Campaign Organization, Arkansas
revised April 14, 2009  disclaimer

Obama for America  
112 West 7th Street   |   North Little Rock, AR 72114
...opened Sept. 13, 2008 (in the American Postal Workers Union Local 189 building)
State Director
Toni Kendall
Worked for Jerry Brown for many years.  Candidate for Marin County Board of Supervisors in the 2000 primary and for director of the Marin Municipal Water District in the 2000 general election.

Political Director
Tony Washington
On leave from the office of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel where he works in public affairs.  A regional field director on Mike Beebe's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.  Graduate of the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Field Director
Kyle Simon
Earlier in the 2008 cycle, Simon served as a regional field director for Delaware Lt. Governor John Carney's campaign for governor in the Sept. 9 primary, and as volunteer coordinator for the Florida For Hillary Steering Committee in the presidential primary.  Field organizer on then Rep. Jim Davis's 2006 campaign for Florida governor.  Interned in offices of Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. John F. Kerry, and Rep. Jim Davis in 2006.  B.S. from Florida State University, 2007.

Hot Springs - CSO Professional Building, 608 West Grand, Hot Springs, AR 71901   501-624-0300

Fayetteville - 1041 South School Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701   479-966-4425

Arkansas Democratic Party 
1300 West Capitol Avenue  |  Little Rock, AR 72201   501.374.2361 >
Interim Chairman
David Pryor
(from Sept. 19, 2008, succeeding Bill Gwatney who was killed by a gunman on Aug. 13, 2008)  Founding dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.  Director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 2000-01.  Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978 and re-elected in 1984 and 1990; did not seek re-election in 1996.  Governor of Arkansas, 1974-78.  Unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate in 1972.  Elected to Congress in Aug. 1966 special election.  Elected State representative in 1960 and reelected in 1962 and 1964.  Founder and publisher of the Ouachita Citizen 1957-60.  B.A. in government from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, 1957; L.L.B. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1964.

First Vice Chair Karla Bradley       Second Vice-Chair Terri Hollingsworth        
Secretary Lisa Binns         Treasurer Karen Garcia          
Legal Counsel Benton Smith
National Committeeman Don Beavers         National Committeewoman

State Director/Chief Operating Officer
Mariah Hatta
(Previously chief operating officer for the party; moved into the state director role when Bruce Sinclair left).  Director of Development at Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.  Director of scheduling and advance on the Mike Beebe for Governor campaign and in Governor-elect Beebe's transition office A scheduler on Wesley Clark for President.  Project Lead at The Ardian Group - Super Bowl XXXVI.  Associate director for media logistics for the 2000 Democratic National Convention.  Deputy director for scheduling and advance at the U.S. Department of Treasury.  Did scheduling and advance on Clinton-Gore '96.  Press officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Satellite media coordinator on Clinton-Gore '92.  Graduate of Oberlin College.

Director of Communications and Research Darinda Sharp
(Feb. 2007) Worked on Arkansas Victory 2006.  From Fayetteville.

Director of Community Outreach
Keith Rancifer
Worked base vote on Victory 2004.

Field Representative and Community Relations
Donell Meadows
Worked base vote on Victory 2004.

Party Services Coordinator and Assistant to the Chairman
Amy Bell

Deputy Field Director
Peter Grumbles

Young Democrats Executive Director
Gary Moody

Compliance Coordinator
Angela Bradford

Voter File Manager and Assistant to the Executive Director Josh Kennedy

Field Representative
Mary Louise Williams

NW Arkansas Field Representative
Sherri Brown

SW Arkansas Field Representative
Anna Farris


Bill Gwatney
(elected March 31, 2007; killed by gunman on Aug. 13, 2008)  Harold Gwatney Chevrolet in Jacksonville.  Finance chair on Mike Beebe's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.  Served ten years in the state Senate; first elected in 1992.

after the shooting, Sinclair went to New Mexico to serve as GOTV Director...
State Director
Bruce Sinclair
Field director on Mike Beebe for Governor in 2006.  Field director on Victory 2004, the Arkansas Democrats coordinated campaign.  Worked the Musgrove gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi in 2003, the Landrieu U.S. Senate runoff, and the 2002 South Carolina coordinated campaign.  Graduate of the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a degree in sociology.

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