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Harris Campaign Press Release - Kamala Harris Rolls Out New Endorsements in All Early States, California

June 28, 2019

On the heels of her commanding victory in the Democratic primary debate, elected officials, activists and community leaders from Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and California are endorsing Kamala Harris for President.

During the debate, Harris outlined her plans to deliver real, tangible solutions for the challenges American families face. She rose above the fray to focus on the issues that matter to everyday Americans and delivered a powerful story about the pain racism caused her as a child. Harris laid out her "3AM Agenda" rooted in solutions that will have a direct and immediate effect on people's lives, paychecks, and health care.

Here are some of the reasons leaders across the early voting states are endorsing Harris:

"Senator Harris is a wonderful example of strength, intelligence, and grace for all women. As a breast cancer survivor, healthcare is important to me. I believe Senator Harris will work to make affordable healthcare possible for all Americans," said Minister Vergarie Sanford. Sanford is a minister at Mount Zion Refuge Center Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa and serves the community on several non-profit organization boards.

"Kamala Harris has shown time and time again that she is a uniquely talented leader who will return the White House to the American people. Her concrete, practical solutions on issues such as raising teachers' pay, ending gun violence and making the economy work for everyone address some of the most pressing challenges facing Granite State families. She also knows how to prosecute the case against bad actors and to hold them accountable. She is a fighter, and I believe the best candidate to take on Trump in 2020," said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Joe Keefe. "I am proud to endorse her."

"As an immigrant, I am proud to support Kamala Harris's historic campaign for president," said Sanje Sedera, founder and former president of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus of Clark County. "Many Nevadans can relate to her story because it truly is the story of America. Kamala not only embodies the progressive values that her South Asian mother instilled in her, but has also been a fierce champion for equality."

"Kamala Harris was the first Presidential candidate to ever come to Holly Hill," said Rev. Dr. Ralph Brown, Orangeburg County School Board member and Holly Hill Pastor. "That showed me that she is not just talking about reaching out to forgotten voters, she is actually doing it. I'm proud and excited to endorse her candidacy and after watching her performance on the debate stage I know she can take on Donald Trump and win back the White House for working families."

"One person stood out on the debate stage as presidential material: Kamala Harris," said California State Senator Lena Gonzalez. "As the daughter of an immigrant and a Teamster truck driver, I've seen first-hand the challenges working-class families face. As a lifelong supporter of unions and a passionate advocate for Dreamers, I know Kamala will fight for people like us from the White House. And after her powerful debate performance, it's clear she's exactly what our party and our country needs."'

Here is the full list of the new endorsements Harris earned this week:


  • Minister Vergarie Sanford - Mount Zion Refuge Center Church
  • Thomas Fisher - Des Moines Assistant City Attorney

New Hampshire

  • Joe Keefe - former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair


  • Helen Foley - former Nevada State Senator
  • Tanya Flanagan - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc member and African American community leader
  • Rev. Leonard Jackson - African American community leader
  • Sanje Sedera - Founder and former President of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus of Clark County
  • Janet Serial - Chair of the Black Caucus of Washoe County and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc member
  • Lesley Miller - former board member, Nevadans for Background Checks
  • Rose McKinney-James - clean energy leader

South Carolina

  • Dr. Gloria Boozer - Former Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. official
  • Dr. Ralph Brown - Orangeburg County School Board Member, Pastor from Holly Hill
  • Peggy Baxter - South Carolina Democratic Party Delegate


  • State Senator Lena Gonzalez
  • Assessor Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles County
  • Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Council (former)
  • City Attorney Dennis Herrera, City of San Francisco
  • Treasurer Jose Cisneros, City of San Francisco
  • Catherine Stefani, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Matt Haney, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Shamann Walton, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Ahsha Sa'fai, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Vallie Brown, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Alex Randolph, San Francisco City College Board President
  • Ivy Lee, San Francisco City College Board
  • Shanell Williams, San Francisco City College Board
  • Rachel Norton, San Francisco Unified School Board
  • Bevan Dufty, BART Board
  • Lateefah Simon, BART Board
  • Naomi Kelly, San Francisco City Administrator (not elected)
  • Josue Alvarado, Whittier City Council
  • Mayor Art Brown, City of Buena Park
  • Connor Traut, Buena Park City Council
  • Irella Perez, Whittier Unified School Board
  • Chris Brown, Savannah Unified School Board
  • Elizabeth Gonzalez, Centralia Unified School Board President
  • Angelov Farroq, Riverside Unified School Board President
  • Al Austin, Long Beach City Council Member
  • Megan Kerr, Long Beach Unified School Board
  • Christy Holstege, Palm Springs City Council

Kamala Harris, Harris Campaign Press Release - Kamala Harris Rolls Out New Endorsements in All Early States, California Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/365311

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