Kamala Harris To Make A Bid For The U.S. Senate
Inside sources were whispering about the prospect of California Attorney General Kamala Harris seeking the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer when she retires after more than two decades. Now we have it confirmed. Harris, 50, is the first prominent California Democrat to enter the 2016 race.
Here’s the video where Sen. Boxer announced she wouldn’t be running for re-election.
Harris is a popular politician. She is a former two-term San Francisco district attorney and personal friend of President Barack Obama. She’s been regarded as an eventual candidate for governor or U.S. senator.
Harris became top contender after potential rival, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, announced he won’t run for Boxer’s seat next year.
Harris isn’t the only one vying for Boxer’s seat. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and billionaire Tom Steyer are said to be considering bidding for the seat as well.
“As the state’s chief law enforcement officer, Harris has focused her crime-fighting efforts on cross-border gangs that she says are increasingly engaged in high-tech crimes such as digital piracy and computer hacking to target businesses and financial institutions,” reports Black America Web.
Harris also attracted attention when she helped negotiate a national bank settlement with major mortgage lenders. She was elected California attorney general in 2010, becoming not only the first woman and first minority to hold the office. Harris is the daughter of an Indian mother and Black father.