Mark Keam

Keam Dream Team in the 35th

JFK inspired a whole generation of leaders to rise up and follow in his footsteps. So, for the other side, did Ronald Reagan. If you’re wondering whether Obama will have the same kind of generational impact, the place to keep your eye on is Virginia’s 35th House District, covering Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring and portions of Fairfax. And the campaign to watch is that of Mark Keam.

As I noted in an earlier diary , Keam impressed me and countless others with his work as Fairfax for Obama Campaign Coordinator. And now he is applying his inspiration and experience from the Campaign for Change to fire up his own quest for the House of Delegates.

Just as importantly, he is scooping up a great deal of talent from the Obama campaign, including:

• Campaign Manager Aveek Majumdar, a veteran of both the Webb Brigades and the Obama campaign, where he served as field organizer for Fairfax County and regional director for Southern Hampton Roads.
• Field Director Bridgit Donnelly, Obama field staff in charge of the Providence Magisterial District and the youngest delegate sent to the Democratic National Convention from Virginia.
• Communications Director Sarah Hoptman, former field organizer for the Virginia Combined Campaign.

To meet Mark and all of these folks, and to find out what you can do to help him win, come to the grand opening of his campaign office at 407 Church Street, NE, Unit J, Vienna, VA 22180, this Saturday, February 28th, 2:00-5:00 pm.

President Obama is going to need a lot of help to conquer the Herculean tasks facing him, and we need to put the right people in place to assist him – people like Mark Keam. Come join the team!

An Obama Campaign Veteran Runs in the 35th

Cross-posted at Kos

One thing that won me to the Obama campaign was the quality of its grassroots leaders, who defied the long history of political campaigns with their warmth, courtesy, openness and diversity. Mark Keam, former Fairfax for Obama Campaign Coordinator, impressed me on all counts, with a gentlemanly, thoughtful and serious manner that brought to mind the new POTUS himself. So I was pleased to learn that Mark is running for the House of Delegates from the 35th District (where Steve Shannon is leaving his seat to run for Attorney General).

This will be a campaign not only to watch, but to strongly and actively support. Mark has a remarkable story to tell and he tells it well. For Mark, the American Dream has been not an abstraction but a reality. He was born in Korea, the son of an Army chaplain who brought his family with him to Vietnam. Before his tenth birthday, Mark and his family had to flee as the Communists took over in 1975.