As you all know, the strong grassroots organization we've been building is here to stay -- and it's only going to get stronger.
With the caucuses behind us, we wanted you to be the first to know that we are ramping up our efforts and building for the long haul.
Today, the campaign is excited to announce that Brad Anderson will serve as Iowa State Director for the re-election campaign and that Derek Eadon will serve on the Iowa leadership team as General Election Director.
Brad is certainly no stranger to Iowa politics. He got his start working on Sen. Tom Harkin's successful 2002 re-election campaign. He then worked as an Iowa political aide to Senator John Edwards during his 2004 presidential campaign, and served as former Governor Chet Culver's communications director from 2006 through 2008. In 2008, Brad left the governor's office to serve as Iowa communications director for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and since 2008 he has been a partner at Link Strategies, a Des Moines-based political consulting firm. Brad lives in Des Moines with his wife, Lisa, and two children Alice (6) and Will (4).
"I look forward to working with this incredible team on the ground to re-elect President Obama this November," said Anderson.
"Iowa will always be a special place for the President and on caucus night more than 25,000 Democrats showed they are enthusiastic about his record and vision to restore security to the middle class. We have the most dedicated volunteers in the country here in Iowa, and on caucus night we had 7,500 additional Democrats sign up to make calls, knock on doors, and work hard to ensure President Obama is re-elected."
In 2007, Derek was the first organizer hired for then Senator Obama’s Iowa caucus campaign. After working in several states during the 2008 Democratic primaries, he came back to work in Iowa during the general election as the Regional Field Director in Cedar Rapids. Derek also worked on the Presidential Inaugural Committee before becoming Iowa State Director for Organizing for America in 2009. Derek was then hired as the Iowa Democratic Party's 2010 Coordinated Campaign Director, and most recently served as OFA Iowa’s Caucus Director. Derek attended the University of Iowa and lives in West Des Moines with his wife Melissa, and their bulldog Reggie, who also happens to be the unofficial mascot for OFA Iowa.
In 2011, with your help, we were able to organize over 1,200 trainings, planning sessions, house parties, and phone banks; we made nearly a half million phone calls; held over 4,000 one-on-one conversations; and opened eight campaign offices across the state, in Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Des Moines, Waterloo, Davenport, Iowa City, Dubuque and Council Bluffs.
The caucuses proved to be a great way to kickoff the 2012 election, but our work isn’t done; in fact it’s just beginning. We're here to stay, and we'll continue to grow our grassroots campaign across the state between now and November. You can play a key role in growing this organiztion by signing up to be a part of our Iowa campaign in your community.