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Senator Kamala Devi Harris, democratic candidate for 2020 presidential nomination, held a meet and greet with area democrats at Big Mike's Soul Food in Myrtle Beach on Friday.
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Senator Kamala Devi Harris, democratic candidate for 2020 presidential nomination, held a meet and greet with area democrats at Big Mike's Soul Food in Myrtle Beach on Friday.

Kamala Harris will hold two town halls on college campuses when she returns to South Carolina next weekend.

The California senator’s 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday announced the candidate will hold town halls at S.C. State and Winthrop universities.

The first event will be at 7 p.m. Friday in McBryde Hall on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill. The next day, Harris holds a town hall at 4:15 p.m. in the Smith Hammond Middleton Memorial Center at S.C. State University in Orangeburg.

The town halls will focus on Harris’s proposal to increase teacher pay across the country. The proposal would provide the average South Carolina teacher a 19 percent raise by offering a 3-to-1 federal match for increased school spending at the state level, Harris’ campaign said. The education plan would cost an estimated $315 billion over 10 years.

Education has been a focus of the S.C. Legislature this year. The state House of Representatives passed a major school overhaul last month.

Harris will also hold a meet-and-greet with faith and community leaders at Greater Target AME Church in Holly Hill at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. She will also attend an Orangeburg County Democratic fundraiser at 1005 Broughton St., Orangeburg, at 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, Harris will attend Easter services at Columbia’s Bible Way Church, the campaign said in a news release.

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Bristow Marchant is currently split between covering Richland County and the 2020 presidential race. He has more than 10 years’ experience covering South Carolina. He won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015 award for Best Series on a toxic Chester County landfill fire, and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.
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