FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, Md. — The first Democratic candidate to jump into the 2020 presidential race is staffing up for the first-in-the-nation-primary. 

U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., has hired a New Hampshire state director and a New Hampshire deputy political director, his campaign announced in a news release Tuesday.

Delaney plans to visit the Granite State for the 13th time next week, with stops in Manchester, Hanover and Amherst. 

The campaign's state director will be Chris MacKenzie of Hopkinton, a former communications director for U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala. MacKenzie worked on Delaney's first campaign for Congress. 

Casey Neal will join the campaign as its New Hampshire deputy political director.

Neal's most recent experience was as the organizing director for Free & Fair New Hampshire, which is a political group that helped former executive councilor Colin Van Ostern in his campaign for New Hampshire secretary of state.

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