Barack Obama-Organization, Washington
revised May 20, 2008

Headquarters: 614 1st Avenue, 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 the state for roughly three weeks

State Director Chelsea Waliser
Regional field director for Polk County on Obama's Iowa caucus campaign.  Worked on the communications staff of the Washington Senate Democratic Caucus during the 2007 legislative session.  Political director for U.S. Rep .Adam Smith during the 2006 election cycle, during which she ran south Puget Sound GOTV for the 2006 Washington state Coordinated Campaign.  Field organizer on U.S. Sen. Patty Murray's 2004 re-election campaign.  Washington state native and graduate of the University of Puget Sound.

Regional Organizers

Eastern Washington (Office: 5 S. Washington St., Spokane) -- Pendry Haines

Intern on the Iowa staff, then organized in Nevada. 

Central Seattle (Office: Seattle HQ) -- Cheryl Taruc
Las Vegas field organizer for the campaign.

Seattle Suburbs (Office: Seattle HQ) -- Steven Dunwoody
Iowa City field organizer and Las Vegas field organizer.
Northwest Washington (Offices: Bellingham and Everett) -- Dean Fluker
Iowa City field organizer; Washington native.
South Puget Sound (Offices: Tacoma, South King County at 406 W Meeker St, Kent, and Olympia) -- Grant Lahmann
Iowa field organizer (Tama County).  In 2006 Lahmann served as Pierce County field organizer (Tacoma) on the Washington State Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  Washington native.

Southwest Washington (Not Really an Office...condo: Vancouver) -- Clarissa Kornell
Faith intern in the Des Moines office in Iowa.

Chairman Congressman Adam Smith
(announced August 30, 2007; endorsed Sen. Obama in Feb. 2007)  Represents Washington's 9th CD; first elected to Congress in 1996.  Elected to the State Senate in 1990. (At only 25 years of age, he became the youngest state senator in the country when he took office in 1991).  Law degree from the University of Washington Law School, 1990.  Graduated from Fordham University in 1987.  Lifelong resident of the 9th CD; lives in Northeast Tacoma.

More Endorsements
Gov. Christine Gregoire (announced Feb. 8, 2008)

State Legislators (announced Feb. 4, 2008 at press conference in Olympia)
State Senators (14):
Lisa Brown (D-Spokane), Senate Majority Leader
Ed Murray (D-Seattle), Senate Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair
Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-Camano Island)
Sen. Ken Jacobsen (D-Seattle)
Sen. Craig Pridemore (D-Vancouver)
Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor)
Sen. Rosa Franklin (D-Tacoma)
Sen. Chris Marr (D-Spokane)
Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Potlatch)
Sen. Claudia Kauffman (D-Kent)
Sen. Adam Kline (D-Seattle)
Sen. Eric Oemig (D-Kirkland)
Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe (D-Seattle)
Sen. Brian Hatfield (D-Raymond)

State Representatives (15):
Dave Upthegrove (D-southern King County)
Eric Pettigrew (D-Seattle)
Brendan Williams (D-Olympia)
Larry Springer (D-Kirkland/Redmond)
Deb Eddy (D-Bellevue)
Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle)
Chris Hurst (D-King County)
Dave Quall (D-Mt. Vernon/Bellingham)
John McCoy (D-Everett)
Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle)
Fred Jarrett (D-Bellevue)
Mary Lou Dickerson (D-Seattle)
Geoff Simpson (D-King County)
Pat Lantz (D-Bremerton)
Marilyn Chase (D-Shoreline)

Washington State SEIU Endorses Obama
State's Largest Union Joins Obama's Movement for Change
Washington State SEIU announced its endorsement of Senator Barack Obama. Washington SEIU, the largest union in the state with over 100,000 members who previously endorsed Senator John Edwards, has now chosen to mobilize its members to support Obama. The Washington State SEIU cited Obama's ability to unite people to bring the fundamental change our health care system needs.

Senator Obama said, "I am proud to accept the endorsement of the Washington State SEIU, and together we will provide affordable, quality health care for every single American. Washington State families deserve to know that we will end the game playing in Washington and unite all of us to change the way the health care system works so that every single American has the coverage they need."

"The last eight years have been a disaster for working families," said SEIU Healthcare 775NW President David Rolf. "We need to bring fundamental change to Washington DC on issues like health care, tax fairness, and immigration, and Senator Obama is the candidate who can make that happen."

"We know that Barack Obama stands with and for working people because in Illinois he acted to help raise child care workers out of poverty and improve the quality of care for children," said Kim Cook, SEIU 925 President. "He supported a movement of child care workers that has spread to Washington State and across the country."

"Now, more than ever, we need a candidate who can bring change to our country, deliver needed health care reform, and help working families," said Diane Sosne, RN, president of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. "Barack Obama is the candidate who can unite America."

"SEIU Local 6 represents janitors, security guards and other building service officers across our state – most of whom are barely able to make ends meet," said SEIU Local 6 President Sergio Salinas. "We are convinced that Barack Obama is the candidate best able to represent the interests of our hard working families."

SEIU represents 100,000 health care, long-term care, education, child care, and building service workers throughout Washington State. It is the state's largest, most diverse, and most politically active union. The union will be making tens of thousands of phone calls over the next few days to encourage members to attend the Democratic caucuses on Saturday.

SEIU Locals in Washington State include:

SEIU Local 6 – representing 3500 janitors and security guards
SEIU Local 49 – representing 1200 health care workers in SW Washington
SEIU Healthcare 775NW – representing 33,000 long-term care workers
SEIU 925 – representing 23,000 education and child care workers
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW – representing 22,000 nurses and health care workers
SEIU Local 1948 – representing 27,000 school employees

and newspapers
The Seattle Times  (Jan. 28, 2008)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer  (Feb. 1, 2008)

post caucus
Congressman Brian Baird (3rd CD...Vancouver)  (announced Feb. 15, 2008)
Congressman Rick Larsen (2nd CD...Bellingham to Everett)  (announced May 8, 2008)
Congressman Jim McDermott (7th CD...King County)  (announced May 15, 2008)
Washington State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz  (May 18, 2008 letter)

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