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Kamala Harris spends final weekend before U.S. Senate primary campaigning in black churches

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris, second from left, attends a church service at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. She is seated between the pastor's wife, Judy Sauls, left, and her husband, Douglas Emhoff. (Christina House / For The Times)
U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris, second from left, attends a church service at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. She is seated between the pastor's wife, Judy Sauls, left, and her husband, Douglas Emhoff. (Christina House / For The Times)

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris traveled across Los Angeles with a constellation of political heavyweights Sunday, attending services at a string of predominantly African American churches.

Harris was joined by African American leaders, including Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), former Rep. Diane Watson and former longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke.

“We are going many places,” she told the crowd at Holman United Methodist Church. “We are going to get this done."

Churchgoers gave Harris a warm reception.

Standing in the lobby of the Southern Missionary Baptist Church in West Adams, parishioner Rosetta Saunders, 69, of Inglewood said she was proud to have already cast her ballot for the woman she hopes will become the first black U.S. senator from California.

She said she was pleased with her tenure in office and disagreed with some members of California's Legislative Black Caucus who criticized Harris for not backing a bill what would have required Harris’ Department of Justice to investigate fatal police shootings.

“Each community and city and mayor should have input on those investigations,” she said.

At the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Los Angeles, churchgoer Jackie McClellan, 70, said she thought more should be done to prosecute officers in fatal shootings but she did not fault Harris.

“She has done a good job for us.”

Even though Tuesday is only the primary, some of Harris' supporters were already looking down the road of her political future, even past November.

As Harris walked out of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church for her next stop, the Rev. J. Edgar Boyd  turned to her and said: "By the way, we'll need somebody to replace Hillary Clinton in eight years."


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