Following her performance in the fifth Democratic debate, Kamala Harris won her new endorsements from local Iowa as well as state officials.
“NEW @KamalaHarris IOWA ENDORSEMENTS after last night’s standout debate performance!” Miryam Lipper, Harris’s Iowa Communications Director tweeted Thursday, sharing a statement listing the endorsements.
Megan Alter, Iowa City Housing and Community Development Commissioner; Lonnie Dafney, West Des Moines School Board Member; Lyn Eldridge, gun violence prevention activist; Pat Harper, former Waterloo Area State Senator; Rhonda McRina, Former Waterloo School Board member, and Bernie Scolaro, Sioux City education and labor leader, all signed on to support Harris, according to the Thursday statement, The Hill reported.
“I’m really excited to be full force, all-in for Kamala Harris. We need a powerful executive force, a strong legal mind, an experienced legislator, and someone who understands and is campaigning on both huge issues and the ways that they affect people’s daily lives. We need someone empathetic, someone who is outraged on our behalf, and someone who can and will stand up for what will remain a horribly fractured Congress, while also trying to find ways to get work done. For me, Kamala Harris is that candidate,” Alter said in the statement.
Harper commended Harris for her “knowledge of the law” and held that the country needs it “after so much deviousness and disrespect for the law from our current President.”
The Democratic presidential hopeful had her best debate performance Wednesday night since her fiery responses at the first Democratic debate, when she went head to head with former Vice President Joe Biden. But, Harris has struggled to compete with other candidates like Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) in recent polls in key states.