Kamala Harris Endorses Iowa’s First Black Statewide Nominee
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) made her first endorsement in an Iowa campaign on Friday announcing her support for Deidre DeJear who is running for Iowa Secretary of State. We first told you about DeJear -- Iowa’s first Black nominee for statewide office from a major political party -- back in June after she won her primary election. If she goes on to defeat incumbent Republican Paul Pate, she would become Iowa’s first Black statewide elected official. The 32-year-old Mississippi native is a former field organizer for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. In 2005, DeJear co-founded Back 2 School Iowa, a nonprofit dedicated to collaborating with communities and corporations in order to provide resources to inspire youth in continuing in their education and build their future careers. The 2008 Drake University graduate is endorsed by Emily’s List, Our Revolution, and Let America Vote. The endorsement is Harris’ first inroad into the first-in-the-nation caucus state. More here.