Obama Campaign Announces State Leadership Committee

Wichita, KS – The Obama for America Campaign Wednesday unveiled at a press conference held in Wichita a 29-member State Leadership Committee (SLC) to lead grassroots organizing efforts for Barack Obama's Kansas campaign.

"We have an outstanding list of leaders across Kansas who are committed to helping Obama win the Kansas Caucus," said former U.S. Senate candidate Jill Docking. "Barack Obama has had a presence in Kansas for some time now, but as you know his roots are here. His mother was from South Central Kansas."

Statewide Leadership Committee members from across the state will work with the growing grassroots organization in Kansas to continue to bring new people into the Obama campaign. The SLC is comprised of community leaders across the state committed to spreading Barack Obama's message of unity and hope for our country.

"As a community organizer, I understand the importance of local leaders and their ability to unite people to bring change we can believe in," Senator Obama said. "That's why I'm so proud to have the support of these Kansans who have agreed to join me as we work to challenge the status quo in Washington, D.C. and transform our country."

Below is the list of the State Leadership Committee members:

State Senator Donald Betts Jr. – Wichita

State Senator Marci Francisco – Lawrence

State Representative Paul Davis – Lawrence

State Representative Delia Garcia - Wichita

State Representative Harold Lane - Topeka

State Representative Cindy Neighbor - Shawnee

State Representative Candy Ruff - Leavenworth

State Representative Valdenia Winn – Kansas City

John Alcala, City Councilman - Topeka

Betty Arnold, School Board - Wichita

Jill Docking, Former U.S. Senate Candidate - Wichita

Heather Getz, Community Activist - Olathe

John Gutierrez, DA - Cherokee

Rev. Kevass Harding, School Board – Bel Aire

John Hiebert, Community Activist - Lawrence

Nancy Hiebert, Community Activist - Lawrence

Bob Hosack, Community Activist - Chanute

Greg Jarrett, Community Activist - Parsons

Kelly Johnston, Community Activist - Wichita

Marty Keenan, Community Activist – Great Bend

Judy Leyerzapf, Community Activist - Abilene

Dick Seaton, Community Activist - Manhattan

Sherri Spare, Community Activist - Parson

Bud Stallworth, Community Activist - Lawrence

Larry Tenopir, Community Activist - Topeka

Clarissa Unger, Community Activist - Colby

Dan Watkins, Sr. Advisor to Obama for Kansas - Lawrence

Shari Wilson, Community Activist – Kansas City

Patrick Woods, School Board - Topeka

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