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Election 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Houston Headquarters Still A Work In Progress

The Democratic presidential candidate’s regional office opened September 10. Two days later, it remains short of equipment. It’s unclear if the GOP’s nominee has an office in Houston.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a "Get Out the Caucus" rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a “Get Out the Caucus” rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Taken on January 24, 2016.

 

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The campaign for Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton's opened its Houston regional headquarters to fanfare over the weekend. But the office still appears less than fully functional.

The opening comes as her rival–Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump–comes to Houston on Saturday for a fund-raiser and rally.

The new office is based in a union hall for the Communications Workers of America, just a few blocks from the Toyota Center. The presidential campaign shares the space with those of several local Democratic candidates.

Nata Koerber is a volunteer with the Clinton campaign. The sole operative on the scene, Koerber declined to allow News 88.7 to view the new headquarters, even though it officially opened two days earlier.

"We use some of this area," Koerber said. "We use certain offices upstairs. But we haven't, we're still in the process of getting everything totally up and running."

Asked when the site would be fully operational, she said:

"Well, we actually had everything set up for operations this weekend, and we're going to be continuing to add things like the equipment. There are going to be people that are going to want signs and literature. And so all of that is in progress."

She said the campaign gave away all the signs it had over the weekend.

Koerber deferred to the campaign's regional director, Trey Daniels, to arrange a tour of the headquarters. Daniels is currently traveling out of town and had already referred us to Koerber for the interview.

According to Trump's website, there is a field director in Houston, but the official campaign headquarters are in Austin. However, Trump’s official website shows an error message for the Texas page.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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