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Take Back Action Fund Hires 2 Full-time West Virginia Field Directors

Updated: Apr 28

FOR RELEASE April 23rd, 2021 Lars Wiechmann, larsw@takeback.org (681) 285-7453

Take Back Action Hires 2 Full-time West Virginia Field Directors

Having successfully built statewide field operations in Georgia and Utah to help pass instant runoff provisions in both states, on Wednesday Take Back Action Fund hired two full-time field directors in West Virginia.


“After 891 West Virginians joined our effort last year by calling officials to urge greater voter access for military and disabled overseas, we realized this was the next state we needed to solidify a strong grassroots machine,” said National Field Director Lars Wiechmann, who lives just across the Virginia line from Martinsburg, and will cover Berkeley, Jefferson and other counties.


After successfully hiring a Georgia Field Director and starting a Utah office with two people last year, the organization was victorious in helping to pass legislation allowing for expanded instant runoff efforts in both states.

Following a similar model in West Virginia to expand efforts started in 2020 to increase voter access as well as combat dark money and foreign campaign contributions from China and elsewhere, Wiechmann announced two new full-time field directors arrived in West Virginia Wednesday.


Johnny Babilon, who previously worked on voter outreach and mobilization for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is based in Charleston and will handle Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell, and other nearby counties.


Noah Durham, who previously ran a Turning Point University effort as well as serving as Communications Director for Take Back Action’s sister organization Take Back Our Republic, is based in Morgantown and will cover Monongalia, Harrison, and surrounding counties. He will also spearhead student outreach starting at West Virginia University.

In addition to hiring the two new full-time field directors, senior members of the Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) team will assist in building the West Virginia organization.


Francis Johnson, President of TBOR and a veteran who comes from a decorated military family including a Tuskegee Airman, will resume outreach to veterans groups throughout the state. In addition, John Pudner, President of TBAF, who worked on zoning issues in West Virginia for a decade will run call center operations to complement the field effort. Both Johnson and Pudner ran nationwide Republican Presidential field efforts in the past before the formation of both TBAF and TBOR.


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