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Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren visits Dallas for grassroots event

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren visits Dallas for grassroots 'do

Elizabeth Warren
Coming to town. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, who is running for president of the United States, is coming to Texas.

According to an email sent to supporters, she'll host an organizing event in Dallas on Sunday, March 10, as part of her initiative to build a movement for the 2020 election.

Currently a senator for Massachusetts, Warren was the first Democrat to take a formal step towards a 2020 presidential run. She announced her candidacy on February 9 at a rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Others who've since announced they're running include Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

Warren declared in February that she would forgo the usual route of seeking campaign money from the traditional donors, even though that means she will be out-raised by other candidates in the race.

She's not seeking donations from political action committees or lobbyists, opting to avoid "fancy receptions or big money fundraisers only with people who can write the big checks," and focusing instead on grassroots supporters making smaller donations.

Warren has area ties: She grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Houston and Rutgers Law School. She taught law at several universities, including the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.

She first rose to prominence in 2007, while still a professor at Harvard, when she proposed the concept of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help consumers who are victimized by mortgages, credit cards, and student loans. The bureau was formed in 2011.

She's been criticized for listing herself as native American in a directory for Harvard Law School, with opponents accusing her of falsifying her background to advance her career. Warren told CNN that "it never had anything to do with my getting a job," but that she has been "a friend" to native Americans, including drafting and supporting legislation that assists the native American community.

Her website has a "facts squad" feed — like snopes with an Elizabeth Warren theme — that refutes rumors and conspiracy theories.

She's been campaigning in Iowa, and will host an event in New York on March 8.

Her Dallas event will be on March 10 at The Granada Theater at 3524 Greenville Ave. Doors open at 12:30 pm, and the event begins at 1:30 pm.