More Obama hires for Iowa campaign effort

Two more people on the ground in Iowa, on the payroll of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign.  Read the campaign’s news release below:

Today, the Obama campaign in Iowa announced its Communications and Field Directors for the Iowa general election campaign.  Brad Anderson will serve as Communications Director and Tripp Wellde will serve as Field Director.  Last week, the Obama campaign announced that Jackie Norris is taking the helm as State Director for the Iowa campaign.

Brad Anderson served as Communications Director to Governor Chet Culver from August 2006 through May 2008, before being named as a partner at LinkStrategies, a Des Moines-based political consulting firm.  Prior to working for Governor Culver, he served as a political communications and research consultant to Democratic candidates across the country.  In 2003-04, Anderson served as an Iowa political and policy advisor to Sen. John Edwards during his 2004 presidential campaign.  Anderson, who has lived in Des Moines since 2002, is married to Lisa and they have two young children, Alice and William.

Tripp Wellde has been with the Obama for America campaign since March 3, 2007, when he hit the ground in Davenport, IA. Since the historic victory in the Iowa Caucuses, Tripp has worked as a Regional Field Director in Nevada, Minnesota, and Ohio before helping the campaign clinch a key victory in North Carolina as Deputy Field Director. Mr. Wellde is thrilled to be back in Iowa and looks forward to uniting the Democratic Party to work toward victory in November.

“We are honored to have Brad and Tripp joining this campaign for change in Iowa,” said Obama for America Iowa State Director Jackie Norris.  “Brad’s many years of experience in Iowa politics, along with Tripp’s field experience across the country, will provide a major boost to our campaign team.  Iowa voters are hungry for the kind of change Barack Obama represents, and Senator Obama is in a strong position to compete for every single vote across the state.”

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.