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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic candidate for president, will make three visits around Orangeburg County this Saturday.

CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers announced Monday he will formally endorse the California senator during her visit. Sellers is a former South Carolina state representative.

“South Carolina deserves a leader that is attuned to the needs of all communities, particularly rural communities like my hometown of Denmark,” Sellers said via press release.

“From the moment she declared her candidacy for president, Kamala Harris revealed a platform that pays teachers what they deserve, addresses our maternity mortality crisis, fights for clean water and supports storied institutions like South Carolina State University and other historically black colleges and universities across the state,” Sellers said.

Harris will visit Holly Hill and Orangeburg on Saturday.

She will begin her visit with a meet and greet at Greater Target AME Church in Holly Hill at 2:30 p.m.

Harris will then travel to Orangeburg and host an education town hall at South Carolina State University in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center at 4:15 p.m.

Her last stop will be at Sulit Luxe Affairs for the Orangeburg County Democratic Fundraiser. The event starts at 6:15 p.m.

Harris plans to highlight her proposal to increase average teacher pay in South Carolina by 19 percent, as well as her broader policy agenda for the Palmetto State.

Sellers is set to appear with Harris at the town hall event at S.C. State.

Along with Sellers, several South Carolina officials have endorsed Harris, including state Rep. Pat Henegan, state Sen. Darrell Jackson, state Rep. JA Moore and Berkeley County Democratic Party Chair Melissa Watson.

This is Harris’s fourth visit to South Carolina as a presidential candidate, but her first to Orangeburg County.

To attend the town hall at S.C. State, RSVP at mobilize.us/kamalaharris/event/90340. Doors open at 3:45 p.m.

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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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