Most Notable Democratic Candidates So Far

Julia Virnelli, Staff Writer

A variety of possible 2020 Democratic candidates have either entered the race for presidency or announced their possible entry. The main criteria for Democrats in this election seems to be to elect someone who has the ability to beat the current president, Donald Trump. The list of candidates is constantly growing, but these are a majority of the most notable candidates so far:

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sanders officially kicked off his campaign on March 2, 2019. As a result of his 2016 presidential campaign, Sanders is already a well known candidate. He has stated that he supports “Medicare for all”, increasing minimum wage, and free public college.”Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump,” Sanders said in an email directed to his supporters. “Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

Beto O’Rourke

O’Rourke gained much of his popularity and following from his participation in the race for the Senate in Texas. Unlike most candidates, O’Rourke does not yet have a set of possible policy proposals. However, he is very open-ended to politics and policy, which could end up affecting his campaign for either better or worse.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

This Massachusetts Senator was the first to announce that she was creating an exploratory committee on December 31st. On February 9th 2019, Warren made her nomination official. However, Warren already has some controversy surrounding her name as a result of her released a DNA test showcasing her Native American heritage.

Sen. Cory B0oker

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced his campaign on February 1st, 2019. Booker is the second African American to announce his participation in the race, following Kamala Harris. There is some symbolism behind Booker’s announcement as well, since he  announced his campaign on the first day of Black History Month.

Sen. Kamala Harris

Senator of California and former attorney general, Harris is hopeful that she will become the first female African American president. She decided to bypass the typical route of establishing an exploratory committee and declared her entrance into the race on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg is in his eighth and final year as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is an openly gay Rhodes Scholar, and is a war veteran as well. During his time in office, he took an unpaid seven month tour with the Navy in Afghanistan. If given the opportunity, Buttgigieg would be the first openly gay candidate from a major party.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Klobuchar is currently a Senator in Missouri. She announced her campaign on February 10th, 2019, in the middle of a snowstorm. Similar to Sanders, Klobuchar has proposed policies such as Medicare-for-all, and tuition free four year college.

There are many more Democratic candidates in the race and more are expected to join as well. Most anticipated possible entry is former Vice President Joe Biden.