2020 Democratic contenders already eyeing top staff in Iowa

Staff Writer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Andrew Turner was driving Iowa’s Democratic candidate for state auditor back to Des Moines last month when a potential presidential contender called to make an introduction. It was one of many such overtures the 23-year-old has fielded.
“I’m hearing from them,” said Turner, who managed Rob Sand’s winning campaign for auditor. “They’ve been pretty respectful, congratulating me, but saying we’d love to talk to you more.”
The 2018 midterms are barely history, but the next campaign is already in full swing in Iowa, home to the first caucus of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating campaign. In the two weeks since the election, potential White House contenders have intensified their effort to recruit operatives who could help them navigate an Iowa campaign.
In a state that hasn’t had a wide-open campaign in more than a decade, recent Iowa success is a hot commodity. The competition is shaping up to be especially fierce because the field could include as many as two dozen candidates...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.