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Democrats mourn loss of Bay Area organizer

Local Democrats are mourning the loss of Amy McGonagle, who was the Bay Area’s regional field director for the Obama campaign last year and most recently had been a community organizer and scheduling director for Ro Khanna’s congressional campaign.

Amy McGonagleMcGonagle, 35, of Fremont, died Monday.

“I was deeply saddened by the news that the life of a key campaign staffer was cut tragically short this week,” Khanna said by email Wednesday. “Amy McGonagle was a bright and vibrant young person who regularly inspired and lifted the spirits of the entire Ro for Congress family. She was one of the first people to join my campaign, and we continue to benefit from her contributions first as a community organizer and later as director of scheduling every day. My thoughts and prayers are with Amy’s family and friends during this terrible time.”

As Obama for America’s Bay Area regional field director, McGonagle had supervised two offices, managed and trained dozens of volunteers and directed get-out-the-vote efforts including phone-banking to mobilize voters in seven battleground states.

She blogged in July 2012 about her battles with “a severe nerve disorder—one known for the constant and unbearable pain it causes” that had necessitated two brain surgeries. “Thanks to our President, I cannot be denied health insurance because of my medical history, unless the Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act,” she wrote.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Her thoughts were with BHO to the end.