Kamala Harris, California’s state attorney general, formally declared her bid for Senate on Tuesday. Harris is running for The U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer. She will enter the race as the perceived front-runner for the state’s first open Senate seat in more than two decades.
“I’m excited to share with you that I’m launching my campaign to represent the people of California in the United States Senate,” she said in a message to supporters posted on her campaign website. “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.”
National Democrats nodded at Harris’ announcement but did not offer an official endorsement.
“With strong candidates like Kamala Harris, Democrats remain confident that we’ll hold this seat and continue Barbara Boxer’s long history of fighting for California,” said Justin Barasky, communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, in a statement. “The DSCC will continue to monitor the California Senate race closely.”