Kamala Harris to Launch Presidential Campaign in Oakland

Roughly one week after jumping into the Democratic presidential race, Sen. Kamala Harris on Sunday will take to her hometown of Oakland to formally launch her 2020 campaign during a rally outside city hall.

A large crowd is expected to turn out at Frank Ogawa Plaza for the rally, which is expected to open at 12 p.m. and begin 45 minutes later. The rally has prompted the closures of multiple streets.

Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general, is expected to outline why she’s running for president and her vision for the country.

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign as she announced her bid last week.

“They’re the values we as Americans cherish, and they’re all on the line now,” Harris said in the video. “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.”

Harris received an undergraduate degree at Howard University in the nation’s capital before earning a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She kicked off her career working in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and later became the district attorney in the city and county of San Francisco. She became California’s Attorney General in 2011, switching roles in 2017 to become a U.S. senator.

Harris joins what is expected to be a wide-open race for the Democratic presidential nomination. There’s no apparent front-runner at this early stage and Harris will face off against several Senate colleagues.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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