A potential 2020 presidential candidate will be featured at the Spartanburg County Democratic Party’s Black Tie Gala on Jan. 19.
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who is openly mulling a presidential bid, will be the event’s keynote speaker. He is expected to discuss South Carolina’s role in the future of the party. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Spartanburg County Democratic Party’s operations heading into 2020.
Tickets are available at Eventbrite by searching for The Blue Carolina Fundraising Gala and range from $100 to $1,000. The gala will include dinner, drinks and a silent auction. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Piedmont Club at 361 E. Main St., Spartanburg.
Spartanburg County Democratic Party Chairwoman Angela Geter said she didn’t know when Swalwell would officially announce his decision. He’s scheduled to travel to Iowa shortly after he visits Spartanburg, she said.
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Geter said the party is gearing up for a competitive race in 2020.
“I think with the political climate the way it is in South Carolina we are going to get a lot of attention,” Geter said. “There is a lot of potential for people voting Democrat here.”
Over the next three to six months, Geter said she anticipates several Democrats to announce they will be seeking the party’s presidential nomination in 2020.
New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and California Sen. Kamala Harris are potential Democratic contenders. Booker and Harris visited South Carolina in the fall, and Booker will also speak at the S.C. Statehouse on Martin Luther King Jr. Day later this month.
Geter said Democrats should not yet count out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020.