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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker campaigns in North Liberty, Iowa in October 2018 with State Rep. Amy Nielsen and her family

Cory Booker gets first Iowa endorsement

Amy Nielsen is first Iowa legislator to pick sides in race for Democratic presidential nomination

By David Wildstein, February 26 2019 8:30 am

Cory Booker has landed the first endorsement of an Iowa state legislator.

State Rep. Amy Nielsen, who represents some Iowa City suburbs in the Iowa House of Representatives, announced her endorsement of Booker this morning.  

Nielsen is the first of the 46 Democrats in the Iowa House to pick sides in the race for president — and the first legislator to publicly endorse a candidate in the the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

That’s a big deal for Booker’s 26-day-old presidential campaign.  Endorsements of state legislators matter in Iowa.

Nielsen ousted a longtime incumbent mayor in 2014 and was elected state representative in 2016.  She began her career as a political operative running local campaigns in Iowa and was a community activist.

“When he was mayor of Newark, Cory was able to bring people together to accomplish things others said was impossible, Nielsen said. “Now more than ever we need Cory’s message of optimism and unity.”

Booker attended an event with Nielsen in her hometown of North Liberty last October.

Booker spent two days in Iowa earlier this month — his first trip since he announced his candidacy.


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