WASHINGTON (TIP): California’s Indian-American Attorney General Kamala Harris, the first woman as well as the first African American and South Asian to hold the job, has filed her papers for re-election. “So far, so good,” said Harris,who is so far running unopposed, after filing the papers with San Francisco’s Department of Elections last week.
“The deadline is March 7, so we’ll see,” she was quoted as saying by local San Francisco Appeal. Harris, 48, daughter of an Indian mother and an African-American father, previously served two terms as San Francisco’s district attorney before winning her current seat in 2010. As of Jan 31, Harris had reported more than $3.1 million in campaign funds – $2.5 million of which was raised in 2013, according to the California Secretary of State’s office.
Harris said her strong fundraising totals reflect that people support the work she has done over the past four years. She said she hopes to continue work in areas including human trafficking, privacy rights, homeowner foreclosure relief and criminal justice reforms aimed at reducing recidivism among criminal offenders.
“I love this job,” she added. She said she could not comment on measures that could appear on the ballot this year that would decriminalize recreational marijuana use because her office is required to write summaries for the ballot initiatives. A career prosecutor, Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office,where she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases.