November 9th, 2018
Lee Harris for County Mayor Contact:
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MEMPHIS, TN/ WASHINGTON, DC - The Collective PAC, national progressive organization founded by Quentin and Stefanie Brown James to recruit, train and fund progressive African American candidates has announced its official endorsement of Senator Lee Harris for Shelby County Mayor.
This announcement comes on the heels of an election day of big victories for progressives in races up and down the ballot and across the country, and within a month of The Collective PAC-endorsed candidate Randall Woodfin’s recent election as the new mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. The Collective PAC has helped 19 candidates win primary and/or general elections at the local, state and federal level thus far, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham, AL, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver of NJ, Mayor Vi Lyles of Charlotte, NC and, just yesterday, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax in Virginia.
Of the announcement, Sen. Lee Harris said, “This is an important endorsement. It’s a sign that national progressive organizations are taking a closer look at Memphis and Shelby County. Our community has not received national attention since Harold Ford, Jr. ran for US Senate in 2006. The combined effort of national progressive organizations, like The Collective PAC, fueled victories around the country yesterday. If we can get some of these organizations to take a look at Memphis, we have a chance to flip Shelby County blue.” The Collective PAC Founder Quentin James said, "The elections taking place this year and in 2018 represent transformational opportunities for our nation and the black community.”
About State Senator Lee Harris
Lee Harris works hard and can work with almost anyone. In 2017, Harris passed more bills than any other Democratic legislator. He frequently worked across the aisle and, as a result, more than half of these bills were co-sponsored by Republicans. Prior to the 2014 election, Harris served on the Memphis City Council. Senator Harris is also a tenured full professor of law at the University of Memphis Law School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse and his law degree from Yale. Senator Harris is a proud product of our public schools. Senator Harris is married to Prof. Alena Allen. They have two children, Lee Allen Harris (12) and Claudia Harris (9), both of whom are public school students.
About The Collective:
Launched in August of 2016, through its coordinated and independent expenditure committees, The Collective has raised over $250,000 from over 5,000 individual contributions, with over $50,000 going directly to more than 20 of its endorsed candidate campaigns. In addition, The Collective launched and hosted The Black Campaign School training for 120 candidates and campaign operatives from around the country this past June, organized The Black Political Power Summit in August and hosted a candidate information session with special guest Senator Cory Booker in September. With over 100,000 email subscribers, over 3,000 donors and various mentions and features in The New York Times, Washington Post, Buzzfeed and NBC News, The Collective PAC has grown to be the largest and most prominent organization focused on helping elect progressive African American candidates to public office.