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Black female voters in San Diego celebrate after Joe Biden names Kamala Harris as his running mate

Posted at 6:19 AM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 09:19:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Many Black female voters in San Diego voters are celebrating Joe Biden’s decision to choose California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate.

“This is a historic moment. I’m excited that I’m alive to see this happen,” said Ellen Nash, the chair of the San Diego chapter of the Black American Political Association of California.

“All along that was the right choice,” Nash told ABC 10News. “I’m honored that she’s there to represent Black women and the Black vote. For Joe Biden to honor us by selecting her as his VP is the greatest historic moment.”

Many Black voters wrote to Biden, urging him to choose Harris.

Nash said having Harris as the first Black and Asian American woman to appear on a major party’s presidential ticket gives women of color a voice.

“It was just a moment of relaxation and celebration,” said Nash. “She is prepared, skilled, and credentialed.”

But does this choice possible boost Biden’s chances of winning this election? Dr. Kyra Greene, the executive director at the Center on Policy Initiatives, said Harris would bring new life to this race while appealing to a wide range of voters.

“She’s young enough to attract young folks but old enough to show experience and to be taken seriously,” said Greene. “I think it will help with women who were disappointed not to see other women advance further in this race, and I also think it will help with Black voters.”

“I think Senator Harris speaks to people who are interested in change because she herself has gone through an evolution on these issues,” she said.

Greene said the decision not only makes history but will reenergize some of the most politically engaged San Diegans.