Vice President Kamala Harris will speak at a fundraiser for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during her visit to Detroit on Monday, her office said on Sunday.
Harris, a former Democratic United States senator and California attorney general, is scheduled to speak at a Whitmer event at the TCF Center on Monday afternoon, according to her daily schedule.
Earlier Monday, Harris is expected to:
- Hold a “voting rights listening session” at the TCF Center at 2 p.m., and;
- Speak at a vaccine mobilization event, also at the TCF Center, shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Harris is scheduled to fly to Detroit late Monday morning and leave shortly after the Whitmer event.
Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and Michigan Congressional Women Brenda Lawrence and Rashida Tlaib and U.S. Representative Dan Kildee are also expected to attend the event to promote COVID-19 vaccinations.
Harris had originally planned to visit Detroit on June 28, but this trip was postponed after widespread flooding hit the area, following heavy rains.
Whitmer, who was on President Joe Biden’s shortlist of potential candidates before selecting Harris, has not officially announced his intention to run for a second four-year term as governor, but is expected to do so.
Her campaign fund, Gretchen Whitmer for Governor, showed a cash balance of $ 3.5 million in the last report filed with the state in February.
There is still no declared Republican candidate for Michigan governor in 2022 who enjoys significant notoriety, although recently retired Detroit Police Chief James Craig is expected to enter the race.
Republican National Committee spokesperson Preya Samsundar said Democrats appeared concerned.
“Forced to send Kamala Harris on the campaign trail 16 months before election day is a clear sign that the Biden administration is concerned about the Democrats’ ability to win in 2022,” she said.