Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell endorses presidential hopeful Kamala Harris

City Council President Andrea Campbell is endorsing presidential hopeful Kamala Harris.

Harris’ team announced Campbell’s support Wednesday afternoon, ahead of the third Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday night in Houston.

“Kamala Harris is uniquely qualified to be president of the United States, running with a story and experience that has never been reflected in a president: a daughter of immigrants, raised primarily by a single mother, a product of busing and the negative effects of segregation and Jim Crow, a graduate of a Historically Black College or University, and a professional background fighting for our most vulnerable, children,” Campbell said in a statement. “Her record on key issues is clear, from reforming our criminal justice system long before it became a nationally watched issue, to increasing government transparency, to fighting for black maternal mortality, to making our communities safe from gun violence.”

Campbell’s endorsement follows the roll-out of the California senator’s criminal justice reform plan, which calls for ending mass incarceration, legalizing marijuana and enhancing reviews of police protocols, including independent investigations of officer-involved shootings. Campbell, whose twin brother died in police custody, has long been a champion of law enforcement reform and accountability, according to a press release.

“Kamala knows firsthand that systems in this country do not show up equitably for all, and has spent her entire career fighting for those who the system is failing, often doing so as the first woman and first person of color to serve in the role,” Campbell said. “I am proud to support her candidacy for President because I know she will be fearless in tackling our toughest challenges, and, at the same time, doing so with the intention of bringing us together.”

Campbell and Harris met when the latter was Campbell’s commencement speaker at her graduation from UCLA Law School, the press release said.

Campbell is not the first Boston city councilor to throw their support behind a presidential candidate. Michelle Wu stumped for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Iowa earlier this summer.



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