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Posted October 27, 2011
Bachmann names Woolson state campaign manager

Eric Woolson, a longtime Republican campaign strategist who guided Mike Huckabee to a 2008 Iowa precinct caucus victory, has been appointed Iowa state campaign manager by Michele Bachmann.

Eric Woolson

“Eric is the perfect person to lead our team to victory on caucus day said national,” campaign manager Keith Nahigian.

Woolson’s appointment and the assembly of a an Iowa staff to lead the Bachmann campaign through Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses builds on the organization that led to Bachmann’s victory in the Iowa GOP Straw Poll in August, Nahigian said.

In addition to Woolson, the Bachman campaign announced the following staff:

  • Chris Dorr – Northwest Iowa
  • Emma Aquino-Nemecek of Mount Vernon – Northeast Iowa
  • Mark Doland of Oskaloosa – Southeast Iowa
  • Tony Eastman of Indianola – Central and parts of southwest Iowa
  • Barb Heki – Home-school coalition director
  • Peter Waldron – Faith leader
  • Drew Klein – Faith leader

The campaign has a total of 10 full-time professionals in place, including Sen. Kent Sorenson and Sen. Brad Zaun, state co-chairmen; and Wes Enos, deputy state campaign manager.

Doland is an ordained minister who has served as a precinct captain for Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. He was the pastor coalition director for the 2010 Bob Vander Plaats for Governor campaign, a candidate recruiter for the Iowa Family Policy Center Action and campaign manager for former state Rep. Danny Carroll. Doland currently serves as the county co-chair for Mahaska County Republican Central Committee.

Nemecek’s political activism includes her roles as an election volunteer coordinator for the National Rifle Association, chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Republicans, past president of the All Nations Association, Linn County chair for the Matthew Schultz for Secretary of State campaign, and Second Congressional Director representative for 2008 presidential candidates Sam Brownback and John McCain. She also ran for state representative in 2006 and 2008.

Eastman, a former youth minister who has also worked in the financial services sector, was a volunteer on then-state Rep. Kent Sorensen’s winning 2010 campaign for the Iowa Senate. Dorr worked for the Ron Paul campaign in 2008, worked on Sorenson’s 2010 campaign and served as his legislative assistant this year.

Heki recently worked as a grassroots strategist on the state of Iowa for Freedom, the successful campaign to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices. A board member of the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE), she was a key volunteer with the Huckabee and Vander Plaats campaigns, focused on recruiting home-school voters. She also is the volunteer Iowa director of ParentalRights.org.

Waldron is an author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs. He has worked seven presidential campaigns since 1980.

Klein has worked with the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition since 2008 helping them with various statewide initiatives including caucus training and legislative efforts. In that time, he has been involved with the Christian community organizing volunteer efforts in more than 13 state legislative races across the state.

Sorenson is serving in a full-time role but state Senate rules preclude lawmakers from being paid by the campaign.

One Response to Bachmann names Woolson state campaign manager

  1. Michele should hang it up. She’s just further embarassing herself now and she has zero chance of being nominated, and would be trounced by Obama in the general if she were. Of course embarassing herself has never stopped her in the past.

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