Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris headlined a public fundraiser in northern Nevada for liberal group Battle Born Progress.

Earlier in the day Harris visited the Washoe County Democratic headquarters in Reno where she discussed topics like affordable healthcare and stricter gun laws. She also praised her democratic faithful for their continued support.

"All of you in northern Nevada, in Washoe County, you have been holding it down," says Senator Harris. "The work you all have been doing has been a labor of love obviously, it's personal but it requires great sacrifice."

She also hosted an education round-table in Carson City before giving the keynote address at the Battle Born Progress event across the street from the state capitol. At the round-table she spoke with teachers about her plan to raise teacher's salaries by $15,000 a year if she's elected president.

"One of the greatest expressions of love for a society's children is to invest in the education of those children and of course, if we're going to invest in the education of our children, we must invest in our teachers," says Senator Harris.
Harris held a rally in Las Vegas in early March and spoke at a conference for black women entrepreneurs. She's the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit northern Nevada this year. 

Political science professor Fred Lokken says she may be the first, but there are many more visits to come from her and other democratic candidates.

"In part because of our importance moving forward as an early caucus state, later as one of the states that could decide who the next President of the United States may be," says Lokken. "Also recognize that Nevada is one of the leading contributors to both political parties, we have money in this state, we have deep pockets in this state."

Harris' aides say the candidate raised $12 million for her presidential campaign during the first fundraising quarter of the 2020 campaign season. 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)