A new candidate for the U.S. presidency was announced today and she has a major Canadian connection. A former student in Canada just announced that she is running against Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States. Kamala Harris has now officially entered the race for the 2020 presidential election.
So who is Kamala Harris? She is a 54-year-old Democratic Senator from California. Harris is the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India. According to Global News, she is currently the Democratic Party's best chance at attracting young, female and minority voters.
According to her website, Harris is the second African American woman in history to ever be elected to the U.S. Senate, and the first African American and the first woman to serve as Attorney General of the state of California.
She announced on Twitter today that she is running for U.S. president in the 2020 election, meaning the United States could get its first female president as soon as next year. "I'm running for president. Let's do this together," wrote Kamala in her presidency announcement.
Kamala Harris also has a Canadian background. The presidential candidate actually spent several years growing up in Montreal during her teen years! She graduated from Westmount high school in Montreal.
Harris lived with her mom in Montreal while her mother taught at McGill University and worked at Jewish General Hospital. She actually spent nine years living in Canada, from the 1970s to 1980s, according to CTV News.
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Harris moved away from Canada after she graduated high school to attend university in the States, according to The Georgia Straight. She went to Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Canadians are super excited that the new U.S. presidential candidate has a major connection to Canada. Check out what some people have had to say so far!
Canada loves you, Senator Harris. Hope you enjoyed your time in City of Montrèal.
Wow, she went to Westmont High in Montreal. Excellent!!
@KamalaHarris so glad you are running! Wishing you much success from my hometown of Montreal Canada!
"Kamala Harris has spent her entire life defending our American values," reads her official website. "From fighting to fix our broken criminal justice system to taking on the Wall Street Banks for middle-class homeowners, Kamala has always worked For The People".
To find out more about Kamala Harris's presidential campaign, you can visit her website.