Kamala Harris recruits key staff for Iowa caucuses

Kamala Harris recruits key staff for Iowa caucuses
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris: Integrity of US justice system 'took a real blow' with Barr's actions Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Poll: Buttigieg surges into contention with Biden, Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) this week recruited key staff for the Iowa caucuses as she officially launches her 2020 presidential bid.

Harris over the weekend named Deirdre DeJear as her campaign chairwoman in Iowa, according to CNN. Harris previously campaigned for DeJear, who lost her bid to become the Hawkeye State's secretary of state last year.

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Harris on Monday is also set to name Democratic organizer Will Dubbs to lead her organizing efforts ahead of the Iowa caucuses, CNN reported. Dubbs previously worked as an organizer during former President Obama's campaign and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton campaign chief: Mueller report 'lays out a devastating case' against Trump Hillicon Valley: Cyber, tech takeaways from Mueller report | Millions of Instagram passwords exposed internally by Facebook | DHS unrolling facial recognition tech in airports | Uber unveils new safety measures after student's killing Heavily redacted Mueller report leaves major questions unanswered MORE's bid in 2016. 

Dubbs organized in Iowa for Clinton three years ago and has led campaigns for Democrats in key states including Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. 

The hirings come as the contenders in the crowded field of potential Democratic candidates seek to bring on top-notch political talent to boost their campaigns. 

Harris's hires come just before she participates in a CNN town hall in Iowa on Monday night.

Harris on Sunday officially launched her bid for the presidency in 2020, kicking off her campaign with a speech touting unity and equality.

“With faith in God, with fidelity to country and with the fighting spirit I got from my mother, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States," she said Sunday during a rally in Oakland, Calif., her hometown. 

Her campaign slogan is "Kamala Harris for the People." 

The California senator is joining what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have each launched presidential exploratory committees, while former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) have officially launched bids.