Three U.S. Vice Presidential Candidates Are Women From California

Antonio Ray Harvey, Maxim Elramsisy, Lila Brown and Joe W. Bowers Jr.| California Black Media

As the 2024 election season ramps up, presidential candidates are introducing their running mates.

On April 10, independent presidential candidate Dr. Cornel West announced his campaign running mate is Dr. Melina Abdullah, former chair of the Pan-African Studies Department at California State University in Los Angeles.

West and Abdullah’s have made history as candidates on the first all-Black presidential ticket in American history.

Abdullah is a Howard University graduate and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is also a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

Another independent candidate, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., selected Nicole Shanahan, an attorney with ties to the technology industry from Oakland to be his running mate. When she was introduced on March 26.

Shanahan said that her primary mission in the White House would be to support sustainable agriculture. She attributes diseases like autism to harmful agricultural practices.

Finally, Vice President Kamala Harris, who previously served as California Attorney General and Senator, is the vice presidential candidate on President Biden’s ticket for reelection. Harris is an outspoken supporter of reproductive justice, and she has also pushed the administration to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Former President Donald Trump has not yet named a running mate.

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