Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CA-SEN: AG Kamala Harris Announces Candidacy To Replace Sen. Boxer

Good news! While I was away on vacation in Hawaii a bunch of political stories broke, the most important of which was the announcement of the retirement date of California's junior U.S. Senator, Barbara Boxer last week. Speculation then ran rampant what former San Francisco Mayor (and current Lieutenant Governor) Gavin Newsom and current Attorney General Kamala Harris would do with this newfound opportunity for political advancement. Other potential names like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have declined to run.

Today things are clearer as Newsom announced he would not run for Senate, and Harris announced she would:
I’m excited to share with you that I’m launching my campaign to represent the people of California in the United States Senate. 
Your support has been crucial to me every step of the way, and I’m asking you to help me build a grassroots campaign that reaches every community of California. 
From my first days as a prosecutor in Alameda County, to my work as San Francisco District Attorney to my current service as California Attorney General, I have worked to bring smart, innovative and effective approaches to fighting crime, fighting for consumers and fighting for equal rights for all. 
I want to be a voice for Californians on these issues and others that impact our state in the U.S. Senate. I will be a fighter for the next generation on the critical issues facing our country. I will be a fighter for middle class families who are feeling the pinch of stagnant wages and diminishing opportunity. I will be a fighter for our children who deserve a world-class education, and for students burdened by predatory lenders and skyrocketing tuition. And I will fight relentlessly to protect our coast, our immigrant communities and our seniors. 
California has been incredibly well served by the transformational leadership of Senator Boxer and the continued service of Senator Feinstein. With your help, I hope to build on their legacies in the U.S. Senate. 
I’m looking forward to seeing and talking with you in the coming days and months. In the meantime, I hope you will join me on this journey. We will do incredible things together. 
Thank you, 
There is still the looming question of what former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will do, but most expect him to opt for the open 2018 gubernatorial race (like Newsom). If Harris were to be elected in November 2016 (after making the Top 2 primary in June 2016) she would be the second woman of color to currently serve in the United State Senate (after Hawaii's Mazie Hirono).

I think Harris is great and heartily endorse her candidacy for United States Senate!

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