PRESS RELEASE from Obama for America

May 23, 2007

Josh Earnest
Tommy Vietor

Obama Campaign Hires State Representative Elesha Gayman to be Eastern Iowa Political Director

DES MOINES – The Obama Campaign today announced the addition of Iowa State Representative Elesha Gayman (D-Davenport) to the Obama for Iowa team.   Elesha will work as the Eastern Iowa political director and lead outreach efforts throughout the region.

“We’re proud to welcome Elesha to our Iowa team and look forward to having her join us as we work to change the way we do politics in Washington,” Iowa State Director Paul Tewes said.  “With Elesha’s help in Eastern Iowa, we will continue to mobilize our grassroots campaign focused on reaching out to Iowans one by one.  Elesha brings valuable experience building a true grassroots network, and we’re proud to have her on board.”

Representative Elesha Gayman was born and raised in Davenport and just completed her first term in the Iowa Statehouse as a State Representative.  A University of Iowa graduate, Gayman was a 2004 Iowa delegate at the Democratic National Convention and later worked for Democratic candidate for President John Kerry.  Gayman went on to work as a clerk in the Iowa Senate and Lead Facilitator for the Safer Foundation’s Youth Empowerment Program.  Currently, Gayman is serving a three-year term on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.  She is set to complete her Masters in Public Administration at Drake University in July.