Kamala Harris Kicks Off White House Bid and Names Team
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) kicked off her White House bid by first announcing her run on ABC’s Good Morning America. She then sprinted to Howard University, her alma mater, for a press conference on her candidacy. Next stop? Friday, she heads to South Carolina where her sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host a fundraiser. Harris will speak at the Pink Ice Gala, which will take place at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. On Monday, she’s off to Iowa to face questions from the state's influential voters at a town hall hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper. It will broadcast live at 10P EST from Drake University in Des Moines. Harris has selected Baltimore for her campaign headquarters because of its diversity, its proximity to Washington, and because it is in the Eastern time zone. She will also have an office in her hometown of Oakland, where the 54-year-old will hold a rally on Sunday at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall. Harris’ choice to announce her candidacy on MLK Day, as The Beat DC reported earlier this month, evoked memories of Shirley Chisholm; the first Black woman to make this bid announced her historic presidential campaign on January 25th, 1972 -- nearly 47 years to the day before Harris. The Senator has already named a diverse team starting with her Campaign Manager, Juan Rodríguez. He held the same role in her 2016 Senate campaign and was also a Senior Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign. Chairing her campaign will be her sister, Maya Harris. She named David Huynh, who was Clinton's Director of Delegate Operations in 2016, as Senior Advisor. Angelique Cannon, another Howard University and Hillary Clinton alum, will serve as her National Finance Director. She tapped Andrew Gillum’s campaign for her Deputy National Press Secretary and Director of African American media, Kirsten Allen, who is also a Howard University alumna and the Senator’s sorority sister. Her General Counsel is Marc Elias, who held the same role for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. Her Comms Director is Lily Adams, and her National Press Secretary is Ian Sams. Other advisors include Ace Smith, Sean Clegg, and Laphonza Butler. If elected, Harris would be the first woman, the first person of Asian heritage and the first African American woman as president. Watch her campaign video here.