California 2010 Election: Future President Kamala Harris Announces Run for Attorney General

November 12, 2008 by  
Filed under 2010 Election

San Francisco DA Kamala Harris announces her run for California A.G.  We have LOTS to say about this in the coming days, weeks, months, years — but for now, we’ll just say ladies and gentleman, here’s your first look at a future President of the United States.  Kamala!  why not skip this whole AG thing and just run for governor?  Oh yeah, Gavin Newsom wants the job.  Rats.

Here’s her announcement:

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala D. Harris today filed papers to run for California Attorney General in the June 2010 primary election. In taking this step, she talked about bringing an experienced prosecutor’s perspective to the unique challenges of public safety and the need for new ideas in our criminal justice system:

I’ve spent my entire professional life in the trenches as a courtroom prosecutor. I started my career out of law school as a prosecutor in the Alameda DA’s Office and I can tell you from the frontlines, we need tough new ideas for strengthening our criminal justice system in California. I will fight for all Californians – from distressed homeowners to families whose neighborhoods are under siege. In the coming months, I will detail new ideas on how we can fight street gangs, go after subprime lenders and others responsible for the current financial crisis, and fundamentally reform our prison system. We have to shut the revolving door that simply recycles criminals in and out of our neighborhoods.”

In December 2003, Harris was elected as the first woman District Attorney in San Francisco’s history, and as the first African American woman in California to hold the office. She was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term in November 2007.

Harris has spent her entire professional life in the trenches as a courtroom prosecutor. As San Francisco’s District Attorney, Harris has used her nearly 20 years of prosecutorial experience to focus intensively on fighting violent crime. She increased conviction rates for serious and violent offenses, expanded services to victims of crime and their families, created new prosecution divisions focused on child assault, public integrity and environmental crimes, and launched innovative initiatives to prevent re-offending. To combat one of San Francisco’s biggest challenges, gun violence, she created a gun specialist team and implemented tough gun charging policies.

This work is paying off — the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has more than doubled its trial conviction rate for gun felonies to 90 percent. Under her leadership, the office has sent 50 percent more serious and violent offenders to State Prison, has put more than 220 gang members behind bars and convicted more than 1,200 domestic violence offenders. According to the San Francisco Superior Court, the office’s overall felony conviction rate is at its highest point in 12 years.

Harris was born in Oakland, California and raised with her sister Maya, in the East Bay by their mother Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, a breast cancer specialist. After attending public schools, her strong commitment to justice and public service led her to Howard University, America’s oldest historically black university, and then to the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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10 Responses to “California 2010 Election: Future President Kamala Harris Announces Run for Attorney General”
  1. Truth says:

    Crime has soared under her watch. She put in place a policy in which drug dealers don’t get prosecuted until the third time they are caught. It’s outrageous, she needs to go.

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  2. Jason says:

    I am all for a woman to be Attorney General of CA-just not this woman!

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  3. very concerned citizen says:

    harris has promoted genocide among minorities by accepoting paper felonies with no actual time commitment resulting in cold blooded killers going free while they still had smoking guns in their hands. Its a joke. She will never be the president. When the true facts come to light, everyone except for the super liberals in san francisco who gifted her the position in the first instance, will see her for what she really is: “A glorified social worker” who never saw a homicide that she wanted to prosecute. Ask her how many murder suspects were arrested before they commited murder who were let go by her under the “paper felony program.” Harris may as well wear the KKK white sheet. She is indirectly responsible for most if not all the homicides in SF because she had the killers in custody but let them go to boost her conviction record. check your facts man.

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  4. Jenny says:

    Kamala Harris is not fit to be in Public Office. Her unethical behavior should be known to the public. This woman is an opportunist and uses her body in every possible way to get money. Sex for insider trading information — Sex with Williewill Brown to get BMW, Board Member Fees, and to be part of the inner circle. Further, she has an identity problem, and does not see her self as a black women but yet playing the race card to get black votes. The way she treated her honorable black father is a disgrace to the black and human race.

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  5. Suze says:

    From my cold dead hands! President? WTF?????

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  6. Joe says:

    Has she informed Californians that her policy in San Francisco has been to refuse seeking the death penalty in all murder cases – including the murder of a police officer?

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  7. Luis C. says:

    She would not and did not seek the death penalty for the MS 13 gangmember Edwin Ramos after he murder a father and his two children. We need someone with backbone in this position, not someone like her. This is unforgiveable and she is not qualified to hold ANY public office. Do not vote for her or anyone that endorses her.

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