By Chris Jennewein
Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association
Photo: Kamala Harris answers questions from the media on Harbor Island. Photo by Chris Jennewein
January 21, 2019 (Oakland) - Senator Kamala Harris made her candidacy for President in 2020 official on Monday, symbolically choosing the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday for the announcement.
Harris, 54, a former California attorney general, will formally launch her campaign at a rally in her hometown of Oakland on Jan. 27.
“I’m running for president. Let’s do this together,” she tweeted.
She is the first official candidate from California. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate as well.
Harris, whose parents were from India and Jamaica and active in the civil rights movement, is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
In an appearance on Good Morning America, she said she was honored to make the announcement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Today, the day we celebrate Dr. King, is a very special day for all of us as Americans, and I’m honored to be able to make my announcement on the day that we commemorate him,” she said.
According to her campaign,” the time is now for us all to defend the American values of equality, decency, justice, and democracy — and her candidacy will be animated by her life’s work of fighting ‘for the people.’”