BY WESLEY P. HESTER
Mike Henry, who led Timothy M. Kaine’s successful bid for governor in 2005, will also lead his 2012 U.S. Senate campaign.
Henry also led U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., to victory in 2008. In 2009, he managed Terry McAuliffe’s unsuccessful bid for governor and most recently served as senior director for ONE, an advocacy and campaigning group.
“I’m proud to announce that Mike Henry will be joining our team as campaign manager. His expertise when it comes to Virginia is unmatched. I look forward to seeing the campaign benefit from Mike’s extraordinary leadership,” Kaine said Thursday, announcing a wave of new campaign appointments.
Eli Kaplan, New Media Consultant - Kaplan is a leading new media strategists in Democratic politics. He has managed the new media operations of U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns in various states, including Mark Warner’s 2008 US Senate race and Terry McAuliffe’s 2009 bid for Governor of Virginia.
Warren Thompson, Treasurer - In 1992, Thomspon started Thomspon Hospitality Corporation, the nation’s largest minority-owned food service company. In 1997, he formed a new division, Thompson Hospitality Services LLC. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Thompson, who grew up in Virginia and attended college and graduate school in the Commonwealth, currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Darden School of Business and Federal Realty Investment Trust.
Jody Wagner, Deputy Treasurer - Wagner is a member of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Virginia Small Business Authority. She served as Treasurer of Virginia from 2002 to 2006 and was elected President of the National Association of State Treasurers during her tenure. In 2006, Kaine appointed Wagner as Virginia’s first female Secretary of Finance, a position she held until her resignation in 2008. Wagner was her party’s nominee for Lt. Governor in 2009.
Austin Ligon, Finance Chair - Ligon is the co-founder and former president and chief executive officer of CarMax, the nation’s largest used car retailer, which opened in Richmond, VA in 1993. In 2007, Kaine appointed Ligon to the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors.