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Harris gets 1st Iowa endorsement from Democratic activist

AP  |  Des Moines (US) 

hopeful Harris has nabbed her first endorsement from a major state

Jean Hessburg, a former Democratic Party and the current chair of the party's Women's Caucus, told that she's endorsing Harris because "she's tough, she's got heart. She's quick on her feet, she's sharp as they come and great on all the issues." The from said in a statement she was proud of the endorsement.

"Women will be a deciding voice in the 2020 Caucuses and I will do all I can to earn their support," Harris said.

Hessburg hadn't spoken to Harris before she endorsed her she saw the during a televised town hall and was impressed that she seemed "quite at ease with her positions ... and unflappable, which I think someone has to be against " She reached out to the Harris campaign and offered her support, which turned into an endorsement.

Hessburg also works as a specialist for the Iowa State Education Association, one of the state's biggest teachers unions, though she's not endorsing in her capacity with the union.

She'll appear with Harris at a house party on Thursday hosted by Emerge Iowa, a group focused on recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office. Iowa made history last year by electing women to and to the governorship for the first time ever. The state also elected a record number of women to the

And female voters are a significant force in Iowa: They made up more than 52 per cent of the electorate during the mid-term and nearly 59 per cent of the who voted were women, according to the

Hessburg could be a key among those voters. She said she'll do "whatever it is they need me to do" to support her campaign.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 11:10 IST