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Joe Caiazzo will lead Sanders’ N.H. campaign

Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democrat Party presidential nomination held a rally at the Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center in Concord, N.H. this weekend. (Jim Davis /Globe Staff).
Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democrat Party presidential nomination held a rally at the Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center in Concord, N.H. this weekend. (Jim Davis /Globe Staff). The Boston Globe/Globe Staff

Ahead of his first trip to New Hampshire as a 2020 presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has chosen Massachusetts native Joe Caiazzo to lead his campaign in the Granite State, arguably the most important position in the frontrunning candidate’s most important state, the campaign told the Globe.

Caiazzo, 32, is steeped in the Sanders world, having worked as his campaign’s political director for Massachusetts and Rhode Island during the 2016 presidential primary. In 2012, he also worked for the Senate campaign of Elizabeth Warren, now Sanders’ primary rival.

In New Hampshire, Caiazzo will likely work closely with veteran organizer Kurt Ehrenberg, who was Sanders’ first hire in the state in the 2016 campaign and has led Sanders’ efforts in the state since then.

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Most recently Caiazzo served as campaign manager for Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s successful re-election bid last year. After the 2016 Sanders campaign, he joined the Hillary Clinton’s presidential effort, serving as her Rhode Island state director in the general election.

Born in New Hampshire and raised in Stoneham, Caiazzo was the youngest delegate elected to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He has worked on a number of Massachusetts political campaigns including Don Berwick for governor and Bill Keating for Congress, in addition to campaigns in Illinois and Florida.

Sanders held campaign kick-off rallies in Concord and Keene, N.H., on Sunday.


James Pindell can be reached at james.pindell@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell or subscribe to his Ground Game newsletter on politics:http://pages.email.bostonglobe.com/GroundGameSignUp