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*(Via Sacramento Bee) – Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, formally entered the U.S. Senate contest on Tuesday to replace Democrat Barbara Boxer, casting her candidacy as a battle for the next generation of Californians.

Harris, 50, becomes the first candidate to declare her intent since Boxer announced last week that she will not seek re-election in two years. Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he wouldn’t challenge for the seat, and apparently will run for governor when Jerry Brown leaves office in 2018. Another position would come open that year if U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein decides to retire.

Harris pledged to forcefully represent the underserved.

“I will be a fighter for middle-class families who are feeling the pinch of stagnant wages and diminishing opportunity,” Harris said in a message to supporters. “I will be a fighter for our children who deserve a world-class education, and for students burdened by predatory lenders and skyrocketing tuition. And I will fight relentlessly to protect our coast, our immigrant communities and our seniors.”

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