On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris endorsed Angela Alsobrooks for the U.S. Senate whereas talking to a crowd about gun violence on National Gun Violence Awareness Day at a Landover neighborhood heart.

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She was there to talk to a crowd about gun violence on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, however the crowd at a Landover neighborhood heart actually lit up when Vice President Kamala Harris revealed her different cause for Friday’s go to.

“Today, I proudly endorse Angela Alsobrooks for the United States Senate,” Harris mentioned to the cheers of greater than 100 folks on the Kentland Community Center. “She can be an skilled chief on that problem when she is within the United States Senate and that issues.”

It was Harris’ first occasion in Maryland this yr. Friday additionally marked the primary main marketing campaign occasion for Alsobrooks after her victory over Rep. David Trone (D-Sixth) in final month’s Democratic primary.

Alsobrooks, the Democratic Prince George’s County govt, faces a common election race towards former Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who was elected twice within the state the place Democrats outnumber Republicans by practically 2-to-1.

While it was not surprising, Harris’ endorsement was welcome within the unexpectedly powerful race.

“I’m so proud to assist her when she was state’s lawyer, and to endorse her when he was county govt,” Harris mentioned.

Harris and Alsobrooks have been mates for greater than 10 years, relationship again to when Harris served as California’s lawyer common. They have each spoken out about restorative justice, which holds folks accountable who commit crimes, but additionally works to deal with the hurt attributable to a sure offense.

Both assist stronger gun legal guidelines corresponding to a common background checks to accumulate firearms, a ban on military-style assault rifles and holding gun producers accountable.

“I gained’t again down from holding gun producers accountable,” Alsobrooks mentioned. It’s “our proper to carry this business to account for the immense hurt that they’ve precipitated our state and our nation.

“Let me be crystal clear,” she mentioned. “We won’t accomplish these targets to maintain Americans secure and not using a Senate majority. It has grow to be the case that the trail to the bulk runs by means of Maryland.”

While Alsobrooks could be the primary Black individual to symbolize Maryland within the Senate, Harris and different Democrats level to her expertise. Alsobrooks was Prince George’s first full-time prosecutor to deal with home violence circumstances, the youngest lady elected because the county’s state’s lawyer and the primary lady elected to be county govt.

During her practically eight years as state’s lawyer, Alsobrooks oversaw a 50% decline in violent crime that matched a nationwide pattern.

That was challenged by the Hogan marketing campaign, which issued a press release on the social media platform X, entitled “Hogan Rapid Response” on Friday about crime underneath Alsobrooks’ tenure. In famous sure percentages of will increase in homicides, violent crime and carjackings, however didn’t state the place the info comes from, and used the event to tout a 10-point crime plan.

“While Angela Alsobrooks is campaigning immediately, as a substitute of simply providing extra platitudes, we urge her to inform voters how she’s going to tackle the skyrocketing crime on her watch in Prince George’s County,” the put up mentioned. “Governor Hogan has put ahead a plan to deal with this out-of-control crime wave by funding legislation enforcement, taking repeat violent criminals off the streets, and getting weapons out of the fingers of violent criminals and the mentally ailing—and Angela Alsobrooks has not.”

Back in Landover, some folks wore orange T-shirts in assist of gun violence consciousness day and month. Some pinned “Moms Demand Action” buttons on their shirts.

Alex Dillon, 19, of Richmond, Virginia, wore a blue T-shirt for “March for Our Lives,” the youth-led motion that began six years in the past after the mass capturing at a highschool in Parkland, Florida. Its mission: finish gun violence.

That’s what introduced him out Friday.

“The Biden-Harris ticket is the one ticket that’s going to assist stop gun violence,” mentioned Dillon, a scholar at American University in Washington, D.C. “President Biden has referred to as for an assault weapons ban. (Former) President Trump has mentioned he needs to repeal all these reforms. That’s why I’m right here to assist the Biden-Harris ticket.”