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

Obama for America 
|  1101 Mercantile Lane, 2nd Floor  |   Largo, MD
State Director Sheila O'Connell
Political director at EMILY's List in the 2000 and 2002 cycles; moved to senior policy advisor role in May 2003 to focus on family.

near full-time volunteer
Jason Waskey
Works for Secretary of State John P. McDonough.

Field offices
Baltimore - 429 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD
Bethesda - 7832 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
Towson - 40 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD

Maryland Democratic Party  |  188 Main Street, Suite 1  |  Annapolis, MD  21401   >
Mike Cryor

(started June 2007)  Heads The Cryor Group, LLC, a strategic communications consulting firm located in Baltimore.  Previously executive vice president of Susan Davis International, a public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, DC.  For nearly ten years he co-hosted WJZ-TV’s On Time, a public affairs talk show.  Early in his career, Cryor worked as a psychologist and a Director of the Department of Consultation and Education at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, NY.   Bachelors degree in psychology from Morgan State University; and Masters degree in psychology from Montclair State University.


Executive Director
Quincey Gamble
(Aug. 2007)  Served on then Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley's transition team.  Regional Political Director for the MD/DC Division of SEIU Local 1199.  In the 2004 cycle Gamble took a year off from law school and worked on Howard Dean's South Carolina primary campaign and then for ACT MN doing African-American organizing.

Communications Director
David Paulson
Previously communications director at Progressive Maryland.  Formed The Mockingbird Company, a public relations, political consulting and media-training firm and worked on many campaigns.  Extensive media career started a a reporter at WSLA-TV in Selma, AL, then did political and investigative reporting for WVTM-TV and WBRC-TV in Birmingham, consumer advocate and investigative reporter for WJZ-TV in Baltimore, general assignment reporter and Maryland bureau chief for WJLA-TV in Washington, DC, political reporter for Maryland Public Television and producer for Fox News Network.  B.A. in mass communications from Auburn University.

Coordinated Campaign Director
Travis Tazelaar
Managed Baltimore City Councilman Edward L. Reisinger's re-election campaign in 2007.  Served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Aquasco native.
Field Staff

6 organizers working on OFA, and another 6 or 7 working on Kratovil's race.

Compliance Director Meredith Bowman
Deputy executive director of the party in the 2004 cycle.

Obama primary

Note: The Maryland campaign had a very strong focus on Virginia as evidenced by this Sept. 16 e-mail:
Dear --,
As you know, we live right next door to a state that is shaping up to be a crucial general election battleground in a way that it hasn't been for decades -- Virginia. And Barack supporters here in Maryland have an opportunity to help a Democratic presidential candidate succeed there for the first time in more than 40 years.

But now that there are just seven weeks left until November 4th, it's going to be a sprint to Election Day.

And our neighbors in Virginia are going to be counting on us to help put Barack over the top.

That's why this weekend and every weekend until Election Day, we're organizing teams of supporters to travel to Virginia with our Drive for Change weekend canvass.

Drive for Change Canvass

In just the last three months, supporters like you have led an unprecedented voter registration drive that has helped more than 110,000 Virginians register to vote.

It's a remarkable accomplishment, and it will go a long way towards helping Barack succeed there. But time is running out before Virginia's voter registration deadline on Monday, October 6th.

That's why one of the most significant things you can do right now is take a short trip to Virginia to register people to vote, talk to undecided voters about Barack, and help grow this movement for change.

No experience is required. Staff members will provide you with everything you need, every step of the way.

Sign up and take a short trip to make a big difference: Come To VA

We can't do this without you.



Sheila O'Connell
Maryland State Director
Obama for America

That's right folks.  I am originally from Maryland.  I love Maryland.  I miss my crabcakes.  That being said, there is a lot of work to be done in Virginia for Senator Obama.  My friends from Maryland are always asking me how they can best contribute to the campaign, and my answer is always, come to Virginia.  Please take this opportunity to forward this message to all of your border state friends.  I'll be in Virginia until November, and I hope to see many border staters in the coming weeks!

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