FORT MILL – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet might not be the first 2020 Democratic candidate for president to visit the York County area, but he’s going to be the first to kick off his campaign in Fort Mill.
Voters will have the opportunity to learn more about Bennet and why he’s running at a meet and greet hosted by Sabrina Dailey at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. The event is open to the public and the press and will be held at Dailey’s home, 946 Castlewatch Drive, Fort Mill.
Previously, candidates (former U.S. Rep.) Beto O’Rourke, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris have all made early campaign stops in York County.
Guests will be able to question Bennet, who has held one of Colorado’s Senate seats since 2009, about his views on various issues and learn more about his background. A former managing partner in an investment firm, Bennet went on to become superintendent of Denver’s public school system.
John Kraljevich, a Fort Mill resident and a 2018 candidate for the S.C. House in District 26, was named operations director of Bennet’s recently assembled South Carolina team. Kraljevich said Bennet, a Senate appointee in 2009, was the first candidate that really got his attention.
“Back before I got heavily involved with politics, Michael Bennet was actually the recipient of my very first political contribution.” Kraljevich said.
“Michael ended up in the senate via appointment in 2009 and was immediately up for re-election in 2010. He was the Democrat who had the biggest target on his back. Since 2010, I followed his career and watched his policy decisions and the way he handled himself and always thought he was an impressive, thoughtful, action-first, words-later, pragmatic guy. He sees the value in bringing people together to move the football and make progress. He’s also the candidate with a lot of experience in public education in the race.”
Kraljevich said Bennet’s other prime issues of interest include health care access and the environment.
Earlier this year, the normally low key Bennet made the national spotlight with what has been described as an uncharacteristically loud and emphatic response to fellow Sen. Ted Cruz during a Senate debate on the prolonged government shutdown.
“I hope people come out (June 1) and listen and take part in the process,” Kraljevich said.
Want to go?
Meet presidential candidate Michael Bennet at an event in Fort Mill in the home of Sabrina Dailey, 946 Castlewatch Drive, Fort Mill. The meet and greet is open to the public and the press. To RSVP for the June 1 event and for more information about Bennet, go to michaelbennet.com.