Obama General Election Campaign Organization, West Virginia
revised March 15, 2009  disclaimer

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State Director
Tom Vogel
(started Sept. 1, 2008)  Came to the campaign from position as executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party.  Prior to starting at the party in 2005 Vogel was a math teacher and president of the WVEA.  Graduate of Concord College.

Political Director
Dan Tompkins
Has served on Sens. Byrd's and Rockefeller’s Senate staffs.  Worked on Sen. Byrd’s re-election campaign in 2006.  Research director on WV Democrats' 2004 Coordinated Campaign.  WVU graduate.

Communications Director
Jenny Thalheimer
On leave from position as press secretary to Sen. Robert C. Byrd.  Deputy communications director to Sen. Russ Feingold (WI) 2006-07.  Graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002.

New Media Director
Clint Carte
Graduate of West Virginia University College of Law.

Campaign for Change
General Elections Director
Gregory Hoyer
Deputy political director for the Obama campaign during the West Virginia primary.  Government affairs specialist at the law firm of Lewis, Glasser, Casey, & Rollins.  In 2005, he served under the Clerk of the House of Delegates for the Seventy Seventh Legislature, and in 2003 he was a clerk for the West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee. Assistant director of Academic Solutions Inc. learning center in Marietta GA.  Graduate of the University of Charleston.

Field Director
Jenilee Keefe
Regional field director in the Philadelphia suburbs on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. Experience includes spokeswoman for the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Democratic chairman, Daniel Inouye.  Nashua field coordinator on John Kerry's 2003-04 NH primary campaign.  2003 graduate of The George Washington University, with a degree in political communication.  She worked as a student assistant for the Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights Project at GW.  Keefe also interned on Kerry's 2002 Senate re-election campaign.

Constituency Director
Allison McJunkin
Surrogate scheduler and Women for Obama coordinator for WV during the primary.  Prior to joining campaign, McJunkin worked in Chicago as an associate at Rusin Maciorowski & Friedman and at the civil justice law firm of Lehrer & Redleaf.  McJunkin also interned at the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and at the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, DC.  In 2004, McJunkin served as surrogate advance coordinator for the Kerry campaign in Wisconsin.  J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2004; B.S. in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University, 1999.

Operations Director
Ryan Frankenberry
On leave from position as consumer advocate at the WV Attorney General's Office.  Programmer Analyst II at Stanley Associates.  Graduate of West Virginia University, 2000.

Field Organizers
Ethan Arnheim   -   Elena Bailey   -   Emma Bayes   -   Clarence Burdette   -   Brendan Doneghy   -   Scott Elson   -   *  -  Kris Loken  -   Robert McManmon   -   Josh Miller   -   Karen Nance   -  Meshea Poore   -   Steve Reed   -   Sue Thorn   -   Gregory Watson   -   Meghan Welch  -   Mike Withers


203 Prince Avenue
Beckley, WV 25801

124 South Queen Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401

247 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301                
grand opening Sept. 9, 2008

3109 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26505   

1201 7th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

62 12th Street
Wheeling, WV 26003

Additional Offices (often county Democrats)

Berkeley Springs
15 North Washington St.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

101 Randolph Ave.
Elkins, WV 25241

156 Seneca Trail
Lewisburg, WV 24901

1900 Murdoch Ave.
Parkersburg, WV 26101

119 Main St.
Ripley, WV 25271

504 Court St.
Summersville, WV 26651

Charles Town
207 West Washington St.
Charles Town, WV 25414

322 Adams St.
Fairmont, WV 26554

801 7th St.
Moundsville, WV 26041

710 Thorn St.
Princeton, WV 24740

96 East Main St.
Romney, WV 26757

308 West Main St.
Clarksburg, WV 26301

304 2nd Ave.
Hinton, WV 25951

Oak Hill
121 Main St. West
Oak Hill, WV 25901

217 Walnut St.
Ravenswood, WV 26164

213 West Washington St.
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

additional offices were open in Grafton, Belington, Philippi, Weirton, Wayne, and Elizabeth.

The organization in West Virginia was unlike others across the country, as it had fewer staffers and fewer offices than in most
states.  As a result paid and volunteer people in the field had to be very fluid and work in varied capacities.

West Virginia Democratic Party 
|   717 Lee Street, Suite 214  |  Charleston , WV 25301   (304) 342-8121    >
Nick Casey
G. Nicholas Casey, Jr. is a principal in Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC, a Charleston law firm.  Before becoming state chair he served as campaign treasurer for then Secretary of State Joe Manchin’s 2004 primary race for the gubernatorial nomination.  Casey earned his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law in 1977 and his B.S. from the University of Kentucky in 1974.  Casey was born in Charleston, WV.
Vice Chair
Belinda Biafore

Executive Director
Tom Vogel

Deputy Executive Director
Derek Scarbro
Previously field director.  Graduate of Marshall University. From Huntington, WV.

Regional Field Organizers
Tyler Oyler
Susan Wilcher
Curt Zickafoose

Special Events Coordinator
Arron Pendleton
Also worked for the WV Democratic Party in 2004.  Graduate of Marshall University. 

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