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U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey campaigns in Iowa over Memorial Day Weekend 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Booker campaign).

Booker forms Iowa Steering Committee

New Jersey Senator wins backing of Jerry Crawford, who chaired Iowa for Hillary Clinton, John Kerry

By David Wildstein, June 03 2019 9:10 am

Cory Booker has announced a creation of an Iowa campaign steering committee three state legislators, a former county chairman, a labor leader, two local officials, and two state committee members as her gears up for the first caucus of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Joining the steering committee were States Reps. Amy Nielsen (D-North Liberty), Jennifer Konfrst (D-Windsor Heights) and Mark Smith (D-Winterset).  Smith is a ten-term legislator who served as House Minority Leader 2013 to 2018.

Booker has also added former Polk County Democratic Chairman Jerry Crawford, who chaired successful Iowa caucus campaign for John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.

 “Cory Booker has what America needs most: a passionate commitment to healing the divisions that plague us and return us to civility,” said Crawford.  “He is also blessed with the common sense that is necessary to solve so many of the problems facing our country.”

He also has the backing of Marcia Nichols, who served as the Iowa Political Director for AFSCME, the state’s largest public employee union.

Dale Todd, the first African American to serve as a councilman in Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City Councilwoman Mazahir Salih are taking a leading role in the Booker campaign.  Booker also has the support of two Iowa Democratic State Central Committee members: Landra Jo Reece,  the youngest member of the committee, and Melinda Jones, the former chair of the Iowa Democratic Party Women’s Caucus.

“I’m honored to have the support of such a diverse group of Iowa leaders — from local activists to council members and state representatives, these individuals have been on the forefront of standing up for their communities,” Booker said. “Through the guidance and insight from this respected group of Iowa leaders, I know our campaign will continue to lift up folks in every corner of this great state and across this nation so that, together, we will rise.”

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