Harris to Place Deputy Political Director in South Carolina

February 8, 2019, 10:37 am EST | Share:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ campaign announced on Friday, Feburary 8th that she has hired a seasoned operative to head her presidential campaign in South Carolina,making a key hire as the competition for staff and infrastructure in the critical early-voting state intensifies.

Jalisa Washington-Price, a South Carolina native will be advising and directing overall political efforts from her perch in South Carolina, serving as Harris’ state director and deputy national political director.

This move shows the emphasis that Harris is placing on her campaign in South Carolina, which holds the first presidential balloting in the South. South Carolina is also the first place for candidates to test their messaging in front of a mostly black Democratic primary electorate.

Most recently, Washington-Price was chief of staff for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where she also directed the Office of Diversity. For the 2018 midterms, Washington-Price worked to flip dozens of U.S. House seats that had been held by Republicans into Democratic control.

Previously, Washington-Price also worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, as political director in South Carolina as well as regionally. Clinton won the 2016 South Carolina primary, defeating U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

With the field of 2020 Democratic hopefuls beginning to take shape, several of the campaigns have begun to lay claim to staff in each of the early states and make plans for substantive visits, following on to earlier, mostly brief introductory trips. Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey announced directors and advisers in all of the early states as well as trips this month to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Harris also has announced plans to visit those states and Nevada this month, beginning next week with a two-day stop to South Carolina.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York begins a three-day trip to South Carolina on Friday.

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