Kamala Harris is adding a familiar S.C. face to a key post.
Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign announced Friday it has hired Jalisa Washington-Price as the California senator’s state and national deputy policy directors, helping to lead and advise Harris’ campaign in- and out-of-state efforts while based in South Carolina.
The hire shows Harris is placing a significant emphasis on South Carolina, home to the South’s first presidential primary.
Washington-Price is no stranger to politics.
Most recently, she was the chief of staff of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, playing a crucial role that helped Democrats take back the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2016, she was state director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
She also has previously worked for the S.C. House and on former state Rep. Bakari Sellers’ unsuccessful 2014 bid for lieutenant governor.
Washington-Price is a Columbia native and University of South Carolina graduate.
She is the daughter of former Richland County councilman Kelvin Washington.
Harris returns to South Carolina for her second trip since announcing her candidacy on Feb. 15 and 16.
This article provided by NewsEdge.