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Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

Donald Trump names NH co-chairman


A freshman state representative will be named state co-chairman for Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign.

Rep. Fred Doucette, R-Salem, said he is excited to work for Trump as the real estate mogul seeks the Republican nomination.

“I like what he has to say. I like where he wants to take the country,” Doucette said in a phone interview Monday.

Doucette, a retired firefighter and paramedic in Salem, said Trump speaks to those who believe the country should be run more like a business.

As the New Hampshire Union Leader first reported last week, state Rep. Stephen Stepanek, R-Amherst, was chosen the other state co-chairman.

Like Stepanek, Doucette met Trump several times before endorsing him.

Unlike Stepanek, who is a veteran legislator and former Deputy Majority Leader and House Ways and Means chairman, Doucette is in his first term in the 400-member House of Representatives.

Doucette said the excitement is building for Trump. He noted people he met at a coffee shop in his town were “clamoring” for Trump bumper stickers.

Trump is scheduled to return to New Hampshire on Tuesday night. He is set to speak at a reception at 30 Church Road in Bedford at 5:30 p.m. The campaign, which estimated 300 people had reserved spots, has designated overflow parking and shuttle at the nearby Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road.

Dtuohy@unionleader.com
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