U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, a prime presidential candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination, will make campaign appearances Sunday and Monday in Detroit and Dearborn, her campaign team announced this afternoon.
Harris will be the sixth Democratic contender for the White House to visit Michigan, an obvious key state in the 2020 election, over the past several weeks.
On Sunday, the senator will be the featured speaker at the 64th annual “Fight For Freedom” dinner at Cobo Center, hosted by the Detroit branch of the NAACP, the association’s largest branch in the nation.
On Monday, she will visit a Dearborn public school followed by a town hall in Detroit at the Marcus Garvey Academy, where she will discuss education issues, including her plan for a $13,500 federally funded boost in average teacher pay. Harris will be joined by American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten and AFT Michigan President David Hecker.
Other Democratic presidential contenders who have campaigned in Michigan recently are Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, former congressman Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former congressman John Delaney of Maryland and businessman/entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected to bring her campaign to Michigan later this month. In addition, Stacey Abrams, who fell just short in her 2018 bid for Georgia governor and has left the door open to a presidential run, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Mackinac Island Policy Conference next month.
Within the realm of Democratic politics, the 20 or so candidates for the White House are longingly seeking the endorsements of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
At the same time, Republican President Donald Trump, who scored a 2016 win in Michigan by less than 11,000 votes – a squeaker margin of 0.2 percent — held a packed rally in Grand Rapids a few weeks ago before a raucous crowd of supporters backing his re-election.