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Kirsten Gillibrand plans New Hampshire trip

WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's presidential campaign said Monday that she will make her first campaign trip to New Hampshire – the first primary state – this weekend.

Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, is no stranger to New Hampshire. In fact, she's a graduate of Dartmouth College who has loved the state ever since her college days, said her national press secretary, Evan Lukaske.

“Senator Gillibrand is looking forward to meeting with New Hampshire voters to listen and learn more about the issues they care about, and to share her vision for an America where health care is a right, where public education is strong and hard work is rewarded and where integrity prevails in the White House," Lukaske said.

Gillibrand's campaign trip will begin in Manchester on Friday and conclude two days later in the northern part of New Hampshire. The state is expected to hold its primary on Feb. 11, 2020, eight days after the Iowa caucuses kick off the race for delegates for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Gillibrand campaign also announced that it had begun hiring staff in Iowa. Lara Henderson, who served as finance director on Democrat Fred Hubbell's failed bid for the Iowa governorship last year, will serve as Gillibrand's state director. And Rachel Irwin, former Midwest press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, will serve as Gillibrand's Iowa communications director and early states communications adviser.

Gillibrand announced she was running for president on Jan. 15 and traveled to Iowa over Martin Luther King weekend. She is part of a growing field of Democratic candidates that also includes Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Kamala Harris of California as well as several lesser-known figures.

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