The latest person to join the race to become the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate will visit Orangeburg.

Deval Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor, will hold a roundtable discussion on Wednesday.

Patrick will meet with students from both Claflin and South Carolina State universities in the 1869 Club on Claflin’s Campus.

The event is not open to the public.

Patrick will discuss several topics with the students, including the country’s job market, first-time voters and historically black colleges or universities.

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Patrick announced his presidential bid on Nov. 14.

He was elected as Massachusetts’ first African-American governor in 2006. He served until 2015.

After leaving office, Patrick joined investment firm Bain Capital.

The former governor joins the long list of presidential candidates who have visited Orangeburg ahead of the Feb. 29 South Carolina Democratic primary.

Candidates Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Messam, John Delaney, Tom Steyer, Joe Sestak and Pete Buttigieg have all visited Orangeburg on the campaign trail.

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Contract the writer: bharris@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516


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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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