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

Obama for America 
shared office with KDP staff and the Douglas County Democrats at 925 Iowa Street, Suite R, Lawrence, KS
(9th St. & Centennial Drive...across from Centennial Park)
State Director
Samantha Finke
Briefly worked for Worldwide Impact Now in Thailand.  Press advance person on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  Gov. Sebelius' liaison with the DGA when Sebelius chaired the organization.  Fundraiser on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' 2006 re-election campaign.  Worked on Sen. Harry Reid's 2004 re-election campaign, then as a staff assistant in his Senate office through Sept. 2005.  Graduate of Kansas University.  Ellsworth native.

Deputy State Director
Clarissa Unger
Student in political science and international relations at Kansas University.  Unger was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention after serving as state coordinator of Students for Barack Obama.  She has worked as a program and events assistant at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.  From Colby

Kansas Democratic Party  700 SW Jackson St, Suite 706  |  Topeka, KS 66603   >
Lawrence G. Gates
(elected chairman in 2003 and re-elected in 2005 and 2007)  Founder (1980) and partner at Gates, Biles, Shields & Ryan, P.A. in Overland Park and president of Rockgate Management.  Managed Bill Roy’s 1974 U.S. Senate campaign against Bob Dole.  Law degree from the University of Kansas, 1974; B.A. in political science from the University of Kansas, 1972.

Executive Director
Mike Gaughan
(started as executive director in July 2005)  Joined the Kansas Democratic Party in 2003; during the 2004 election cycle he directed the Kansas Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign.  Bachelor's degree in history from Kansas University, 2001.  Native of Houston, TX.

Communications Director
Jenny Davidson
Previously served as the party's operations director/comptroller, 2005-06.  Graduate of University of Kansas, 2005.

Statewide Field Director
Matthew Anderson

Director of Outreach
Lalo Munoz
(Sept. 2007)  Previously served as the party's finance director, 2005-07.  Programs coordinator at NAMI Kansas, 2003-04.

Technology Director
Kenny Johnston
(started at the party in Feb. 2007)  Webmaster and specials projects coordinator for Congressman Dennis Moore, 2005-06; also served as deputy communications director on Moore for Congress, 2006.  B.S.E. in engineering physics from the University of Kansas.

Director of Operations
Meaghan Schaible

Finance Director
Alicia Johnson

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