Corker Campaign Gets New Nashville Office, Staff Realignment

Monday, October 2, 2006

The Corker for Senate campaign today announced the opening of an additional Nashville office and "the enhancement of staff for the final stretch of the race."

“In addition to the great team that was already in place, we have been fortunate to add some outstanding staff members who will be instrumental in communicating Bob’s record of success as a businessman, civic leader and elected official with the voters of Tennessee,” said Tom Ingram, newly named campaign chairman. “I am excited to go into the final weeks of this race with such an outstanding group of people working hard to make sure that Bob Corker brings his proven record of leadership to the United States Senate.”

Mr. Ingram, who is providing overall direction and leadership to campaign, announced the following staff leadership roles:

Emily Booker will serve as the campaign’s political director. Ms. Booker served as political director for Sen. Fred Thompson’s 1994 and 1996 campaign. During her career, she has held positions with the Tennessee Republican Party, the Republican National Committee and worked in Sen. Bob Dole’s Presidential campaign. Most recently, she was employed as a private consultant.

Josh Thomas will serve as the campaign’s scheduling director. Mr. Thomas has taken a leave of absence from Sen. Alexander’s Memphis office where he serves as field representative. Mr. Thomas has been involved in a number of other local and Congressional races over the years.

Kim Kaegi is the campaign’s finance director. Ms. Kaegi has served as finance director for nearly every Republican nominee in the state of Tennessee since 1994. She is recognized as one of the top fundraisers in the state of Tennessee and in the country, it was stated.

Todd Womack is the campaign’s communications director. Mr. Womack has worked with Mr. Corker for the past five years and served as his communications director in the Chattanooga Mayor’s Office from 2001-2005.

Matt Sonnesyn will serve as the campaign’s policy director. Mr. Sonnesyn has taken a leave of absence from serving as Senior Policy Advisor for Sen. Lamar Alexander. He previously served as Policy and Research Director for Sen. Alexander’s 2002 campaign and has a Master’s Degree from Harvard University in Public Policy.

Gary Feld will serve as the campaign’s research director. Mr. Feld is taking a leave of absence from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s Office where he serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives. In 2004, Mr. Feld served as research director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in a cycle which resulted in a net gain of four Republican seats in the United States Senate.

Shirley Pond will serve as the campaign’s Chattanooga Campaign Director. Ms. Pond served as Executive Assistant for five Chattanooga mayors, most recently for Mayor Corker, and retired in 2004 to join the Senate campaign.

An additional campaign office which will house the campaign’s political operations has been opened in Nashville and began operating on Monday morning. The new office is located at the Fall School Building, 1130 8th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203 and may be reached by calling 615-250-8160. The Chattanooga office will continue to house the campaign’s volunteer operations.

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