Presidential Candidates Announce Participation in 2020 Election

Mara Mercado, Staff Writer

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   With the current presidential term ending within the coming year, twelve representatives have already announced their candidacy for the 2020 United States Presidential Election.

    Senator Cory Booker announced his run for presidency on February 1, 2019. According to The New York Times, Cory Booker was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in New Jersey. Booker earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School (nytimes.com). Booker assumed office as mayor of Newark, New Jersey in in 2006 and significantly reduced the crime rate during his first term as mayor (biography.com).

    Booker was elected as a U.S. Senator for New Jersey in 2013 (nytimes.com). During his time in the Senate, Booker supported the Respect for Marriage Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, according to GovTrack (govtrack.us).

  UCLA School of Law Graduate Kirsten Gillibrand announced her run for presidency on January 15, 2019, reported  CNN (cnn.com). Gillibrand has served as the Junior U.S. Representative for New York since 2009 (nytimes).

    According to Time Magazine, Gillibrand supported Hillary Clinton’s 2000 U.S. Senate campaign (time.com).  Gillibrand also supports female equality, abortion rights, the legalization of same-sex marriage, and Medicare-for-All, according to her campaign website (kirstengillibrand.com).

   Indiana-native Pete Buttigieg is currently serving as the mayor of his hometown, Southbend, Indiana, according to The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). Buttigieg, a Navy  veteran, served in Afghanistan. If elected, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay president of the United States of America (cnn.com).

   Former Mayor Julian Castro served as the Sixteenth United States Secretary of Housing and Development from 2014 to 2017. Castro was mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 2009 to 2014, when he joined President Barack Obama’s cabinet (washingtonpost.com).

   According to news site Vox, Castro supports free-trade, universal healthcare, Medicare-for-All, the Affordable Care Act, and the Paris Climate Accord (vox.com).

     Senator Kamala Harris was previously the Thirty-Second Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017 (cnn.com). She is currently serving as a U.S. Senator for California (cnn.com). Harris’s first formal campaign launch garnered more attendees than Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2007 (nytimes).

  According to her campaign website, Harris is endorsed by the California Federation of Teachers (kamalaharris.org). Harris is pro-choice and opposes the death penalty (nytimes.com). She announced her candidacy on January 21, 2019 (cnn.com).

   Former Vice Chair for the Democratic National Committee Tulsi Gabbard is also running for president (nytimes.com). Gabbard previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 2002-2004 (cnn.com). She was 21 when she was elected (washingtonpost.com).

   Gabbard is currently serving as a U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s second congressional district, a position she has held since 2013 (cnn.com). Gabbard believes in making community college tuition-free, according to PBS NewsHour. Gabbard also supports universal health care and stopping climate change (pbs.org).

   President Donald Trump is running for reelection (nytimes.com). During his presidency, Trump has signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Trump believes in universal health care (cnn.com). Trump also believes in building a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border (nytimes.com).

   Math Teacher Brian Chenoweth said, “He has an advantage, because he already won once.”  Trump is the only Republican representative to have announced his candidacy so far (nytimes.com).

   Oklahoma-born Elizabeth Warren announced her run for presidency on December 31, 2018. Warren is currently serving as the Senior U.S. Senator for Massachusetts. Warren wants to disband U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (nytimes.com).

  Senator Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for the upcoming 2020 presidential election on February 19, according to CNN. Sanders is currently one of the frontrunners of the Democratic party and previously ran in 2016 against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Candidacy (cnn.com).

   Sanders has been serving as the Junior Senator for Vermont since January 4, 2007. Sanders has received 100 percent ratings from advocacy organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (govtrack.us).

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