California’s state attorney general, Kamala Harris, announced her bid to run for U.S Senator on Tuesday, following current California Senator Barbara Boxer’s announcement last week that she will not run for re-election in 2016.
Harris, who is a Howard University alum, has just been re-elected for her second term as attorney general in November and believes that a seat in the U.S. Senate is the next step in continuing her fight for equal rights.
“I will be a fighter for the next generation on the critical issues facing our country,” Harris says on her website. “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.”
Harris, 50, has been a top contender for the seat, especially after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he will no longer be running for the position. Other potential contenders who have expressed interest in the Senate seat include former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigoso and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer.