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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8e130001Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is an independent politician who, on April 30th, made an official announcement of his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Sanders, a self-described "Democratic Socialist," is a native of Brooklyn, New York.Sanders served four terms as the mayor of Burlington, and in 1990, defeated Republican Peter Smith to become the first Independent candidate elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in four decades. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate after receiving the endorsements of prominent national Democrats, including New York's Senator, Chuck Shumer, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

Sanders Campaign Makes Leadership Change in N.H.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR
Sen. Bernie Sanders - shown here speaking in Concord earlier in 2019 - has made some N.H. leadership campaign changes

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign is changing who will lead his presidential effort in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire.

The Sanders campaign confirmed Sunday that Joe Caiazzo, the campaign's New Hampshire state director since March, is leaving the position. He will take on the role of Sanders state director in Massachusetts.

Caiazzo is being replaced by Shannon Jackson, a longtime aide to the senator, according to the campaign. Jackson was campaign manager for Sanders 2018 Senate re-election campaign in Vermont. Kurt Ehrenberg, who had been serving as the Sanders campaign New Hampshire senior adviser, also confirmed Sunday he is leaving the campaign in a separate move.

"We've built a great team in NH and are in a really strong position there," Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement. "The campaign is now building out our operations to include Massachusetts and Maine state directors as we increase our focus in Super Tuesday states."

Sanders has struggled this cycle to maintain the level of support that helped him to a 22-point victory in the 2016 New Hampshire primary. Sanders' campaign manager and some officials endorsing Sanders are hedging expectations about New Hampshire and deny a loss in the state would sink his candidacy.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sanders' closest progressive rival among the 2020 field, has out-campaigned him in the state this year and was well ahead of Sanders in publicly building a staff in New Hampshire.

Sanders has also struggled to expand his reach in a large Democratic field that includes a slew of moderate and progressive options, some of whom are campaigning on the same ideals he championed in the 2016 race.

_ Hunter Woodall, Associated Press

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