Earlier this year, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced that she would not be seeking re-election, setting up the first open Senate race in over 20 years. Now the day after her Californian political opponent passed, state Attorney General Kamala Harris has announced her candidacy for the Senate.
As part of her statement, Harris said,
“I want to be a voice for Californians on these issues and others that impact our state in the U.S. Senate. 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.”
The Democratic primary could be crowded, due to a large and strong Democratic Party and a lack of openings in top leadership positions. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former hedge fund investor turned environmental donor Tom Steyer are both looking at running.