Kamala Harris snags endorsements from NY state senators Parker, Benjamin

David Caplan
July 12, 2019 - 5:28 pm

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the 25th Essence Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Friday announced the endorsements of nine state and local officials from five states, including two New York state senators.

Senators Kevin Parker and Brian Benjamin have thrown their support behind Harris, a US senator from California.

"Kamala Harris is a tireless fighter for working families -- and that’s why she has my endorsement for president," said Senator Parker, whose district includes parts of East Flatbush, Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Park Slope and Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn.

Parker cited his New York City upbringing in explaining why he's supporting Harris.

"As a product of New York City public schools, I know first-hand that a good public education is the key to lifting children out of poverty," he said. "Senator Harris' plan to raise teacher pay and direct federal dollars into under-resourced communities is proof of her commitment to improving the lives of working people, and I have no doubt she’ll do just that as our president."

Senator Benjamin, whose district includes Harlem, East Harlem, and the Upper West Side, said, "I’m backing Kamala Harris because she knows that real, meaningful criminal justice reform must be on the agenda for our next president."

He continued, "Right now, our justice system -- with its private prisons, cash bail system, and failure to restore voting rights to individuals with felony convictions -- does not align with our American values. These are issues I have dedicated my career in public service to addressing and I know that Kamala deeply understands them and has tackled them head-on in her career and in this campaign, which is why I am excited to support her for president."

Harris' other endorsements announced Friday are:

- Bob Trammell, Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives

- Everton Blair, Jr., Member of the Gwinnett County, Georgia School Board

- Jacinto Ramos, President of the Fort Worth, Texas Independent School District Board of Education

- Aicha Davis, Member of the Texas State Board of Education

- Roy Brooks, County Commissioner of Tarrant County, Texas

- Kam Buckner, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives

- Rolanda Hollis, Member of the Alabama House of Representatives

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