California Attorney General and U.S. Senate Candidate Kamala Harris made an energetic campaign stop today. She was flanked by several local democratic candidates along with a packed room of supporters.
The event was held in the downtown campaign office for Salud Carbajal the democratic candidate for the 24th U.S. House of Representatives seat. Carbajal was missing from the event, and was attending the Board of Supervisors meeting in Santa Maria.
Harris urged supporters to go all out for the next week until the close of the polls on November 8.
“This is a moment that is challenging each and everyone of us to stand up and fight for our ideals,” said Harris.
She said already she has experience working with Carbajal and looks forward to a united effort if they are victorious in the polls.
Immigration and gun control are among the issues in the forefront. Harris spoke of the fatal attacks on 20 children at the Sandy Hook elementary school, and the near fatal shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, as examples of her concerns about gun ownership.
Carbajal’s opponent Republican Justin Fareed said in a statement to NewsChannel 3: “Carbajal’s public campaign event with Attorney General Kamala Harris a week out from the election only further proves that his campaign is desperately grasping at straws. He has insulted an entire Central Coast community, selfishly advanced his own income at the taxpayers’ expense, and stifled job opportunities, so his only hope now is to try to piggy-back off of other establishment insiders in a sad attempt to save his failing campaign.”
Carbajal supporters held up environmental and anti-oil signs to counter ads from supporters of his opponent that he is in favor of offshore oil development.
Gaddis Farmer is a Simi Valley resident who drove to Santa Barbara to see Harris. He was even more fortunate because she stopped for a picture and a conversation. “I think the motivation is growing even more because we don’t need to have a set back and take the democratic process away from the average person,” he said.
Harris concluded her speech by saying, “so let’s take the next seven days and roll us our sleeves and get to work.”
Both Carbajal and Fareed are hoping to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Lois Capps. It will be the first time in two decades the post is open.
After Santa Barbara the Harris campaign bus made a stop at Cal State Northridge.