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Current Candidates for the

2020 Democratic Primary

 

by Randy Cromwell
first presented Friday, 29 March 2019, 5:33 a.m., MDT
updated: 30 March; 31 March; 2 April; 4 April; Saturday 6 April 2019, 7:00p
from Buhl, Idaho (about two hours east of Boise)


 
     Our next President will be elected on Tuesday, the 3rd of November, 2020.  That's about a year and seven months from now.  I'm already expecting it to be one of the happiest days of my life — right up there with the births of my kids.  Yes, I'm aware that we could all decide to remain stupid (and then, yes, it will be as bad as the day that my best ever cat died), but I'm doing my best to stay optimistic.

     I also know that many of us prefer to have as little as we can to do with politics throughout most of our lives.  That that's been my default position for the bulk of my life, too.  Unfortunately, that's a luxury we can no longer afford.  Not caring about politics has cost us immeasurably in taxes, in health care, in the realms of educations, housing, and even in the condition of the very planet that we share and the creatures we share it with.

     By now, I'm sure I've lost a lot of readers, and that's probably for the best.  The rest of this page is going to be devoted toward listing and exploring the many Democratic candidates that would like to be our next President.  There are many places to get this information, and I decided that it would be useful to gather some of it together to help with my own decision-making process.  That being the case, I thought that, since I was going to do this, I may as well share, in case it might help some of you folks, too.

     I'm not going to explore any of the Independent or other party candidates (even though I've already seen that some of them are rather fascinating).  I feel that this is not a contest where we can screw around and allow any votes to be lost that way.  We're going to need to pick the best Democrat we can and then get as many people behind him or her as we can.  We may have already lost our chance to fix the damage that has been done, but I feel like we've got to try.  Some time later we can worry about becoming more inclusive about other (very valid, by the way) parties and viewpoints.  This time, though, we just really need to win.

     With that in mind, I will begin the list of the most notable people who have declared that they are running and who, therefore, would seem to have the highest chance of getting the party's nomination.

     There have, as of the 5th day of April 2019, been some 224 people who have filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for the Democratic Party nomination.  As the days and months pass, we will look at some of those folks, too.

     For now, though, we'll start with these most obvious ones, and begin the process of considering who can, number one, win the election, and then, just as importantly, lead us back together as a nation, and begin the long process of healing our wounds.  (Those wounds, by the way, started when we first set foot on this land, and have been continuing ever since.  These ills of ours are not recent, and one President is not going to fix them all, even in two terms.  We definitely need to get one who is smart enough and compassionate to begin the attempt, though.  Things can still get worse; it is our collective responsibility to do our best to see that they do not.)

     I am presenting the candidates in reverse-alphabetical order, just to slightly offset the usual advantage that the people at the beginning of the alphabet get.  I doubt it will make much difference, but it just seems fair.

      (Disclaimer: I am not yet a professional journalist.  I have researched and culled this information from: CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, Boise Public Radio, WDCB.org, AP Radio News, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, The Idaho Statesman, The Idaho Press, Twitter, Wikipedia, and your mom.  Any errors are my own and I will correct them as quickly as possible.  This list will clearly change over the coming months and I will endeavour to update it regularly.  To share your thoughts, clarifications, corrections and insights, please do e-mail me: Editor {at} PithMagazine.org.)

     And so to the list...

The Runners:

 

 

 

Probably Thinking About It:

  • Pete Buttigieg, May, South Bend, Indiana
  • Joe Biden, U.S. Vice President (former)


 


 
Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang talking about urban entrepreneurship at Techonomy Conference 2015 in Detroit, MI (cropped).jpg

Campaign Slogan: "Humanity First"

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus (stated): Universal Basic Income

Campaign website: https://www.yang2020.com/

Current Occupation: Entrepreneur and Founder of Venture for America

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 46

Family Situation: Married, two sons at home

 

(The following questions will soon be addressed regarding all the candidates.  This is an ongoing process.)

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: ?

Projected primary funding source for campaign: ?

Relevant Experience

Positions on Significant Issues

Biography

Strengths

Concerns/Issues

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Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson (cropped).jpg

Campaign Slogan: "Repair, restore and renew America"

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus (stated): ?

Campaign website: https://www.marianne2020.com/

Current Occupation: Spiritual teacher, author, lecturer, entrepreneur, activist

Gender: Female

Age at 2021 inauguration: 68

Family Situation: Single; has one adult daughter


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Elizabeth Warren

 
Elizabeth Warren, official portrait, 114th Congress (cropped)(2).jpg

Campaign Slogan: ?

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus (from website): End Washington Corruption, Rebuild the Middle Class, Strengthen our Democracy, Equal Justice Under Law, A Foreign Policy for All

Campaign website: https://elizabethwarren.com/

Current Occupation: U.S. Senator, Massachusetts, 2013-present

Previous Job or Position:

Voting records while in office: http://politicsthatwork.com/voting-record/Elizabeth-Warren-412542

Gender: Female

Age at 2021 inauguration: 71

Family Situation: Married 2nd husband (Bruce Mann) in 1980, still together; two grown children from first marriage, some grandchildren

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: has posted 10 years' worth of income tax returns (2008-2017) on her site https://elizabethwarren.com/tax-returns/


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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders.jpg
Campaign Slogan: ?

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus (from website): "Medicare for All," "The Revolution is Us," others

Campaign website: https://berniesanders.com/

(It seems you cannot access his website unless you sign up to receive e-mails from him.)

Current Occupation: U.S. Senator, Vermont, 2007-present

Previous Job or Position:

Voting records while in office: http://politicsthatwork.com/voting-record/Bernard-Sanders-400357

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 79

Family Situation: Married 2nd wife (Jane O'Meara) in 1988, still together; four grown children, seven grandchildren

Net Worth: Apparently somewhere between $1 million and $2.5 million.  (Various Internet sources disagree.)

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: ?

Projected primary funding source for campaign: ?


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Tim Ryan

Rep. Tim Ryan Congressional Head Shot 2010 (cropped 3).jpg
 


Campaign Slogans: "Our Future Is Now," "Rebuilding the American Dream"

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus (from website): "Tim's running for president to rebuild the American Dream and focus on what really matters: public education, affordable health care and an economy that works for all of us."

Campaign website: https://timryanforamerica.com/

(I could not find a way to stop the videos from auto-playing, just so you know.  You may have more luck than I did.)

Current Occupation: U.S. Representative, Ohio, 203-present

Previous Job or Position: Ohio State Senator, 2001-2002

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 47

Family Situation: Married wife (Andrea Zetts) in 2013, still together; they have one child

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: ?

Projected primary funding source for campaign: ?


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Beto O'Rourke

Beto O'Rourke crop.jpg
Campaign Slogan: "We're All in This Together"

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: ?

Campaign website: https://betoorourke.com/

Current Occupation: 

Previous Job or Position: U.S. Representative, Texas, 2013-2019

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 48

Family Situation: Married wife (Amy Hoover Sanders (no relation to Bernie Sanders)) in 2005, still together; they have three children

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: ?

Projected primary funding source for campaign: ?


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Wayne Messam

Mayor Messam.jpg
 


Campaign Slogan: ?

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: ?

Campaign website: ?

Current Occupation: Mayor, Miramar, Florida, 2015-present

Previous Job or Position:

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 46

Family Situation: Married wife (Angela) in 1999, still together; they have three children, all in college

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: ?


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Amy Klobuchar

 
Amy Klobuchar, official portrait, 113th Congress (cropped 2).jpg

Campaign Slogan: "Amy for America: Let's Get to Work"

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: ?

Campaign website: https://amyklobuchar.com/

Current Occupation: U.S. Senator, Minnesota, 2007-present

Previous Job or Position:  

Gender: Female

Age at 2021 inauguration: 60

Family Situation: Married husband (John Bessler) in 1993, still together; they have one daughter, Abigail

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: ?

Projected primary funding source for campaign: ?


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Jay Inslee

File:Jay Inslee official portrait.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Campaign Slogan: "Inslee for America," "This is Our Moment"

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: Combat Climate Change

Campaign website: https://www.jayinslee.com/

Current Occupation: Governor, Washington, 2013-present

Previous Job or Position: U.S. Representative, Washington, 1999-2012

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 70

Family Situation: Married wife (Trudi) in 1972, still together; they have three sons

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: has already released 12 years' worth of income tax returns (2007-2018 tax years)

Projected primary funding source for campaign: ?

 

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John Hickenlooper

Governor John Hickenlooper 2015.jpg
 


Campaign Slogan: "Stand Tall With Us"

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: 

Campaign website: https://www.hickenlooper.com/

Current Occupation: Governor, Colorado, 2011-2019

Previous Job or Position: Mayor, Denver, Colorado, 2003-2011

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 69

Family Situation: Married wife (Trudi) in 1972, still together; they have three sons

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: ?


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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris official photo (cropped).jpg
 


Campaign Slogans: "Kamala Harris for the People," "Tough.  Principled.  Fearless."

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: ?

Campaign website: https://kamalaharris.org/

Current Occupation: U.S. Senator, California, 2017-present

Previous Job or Position: Attorney General of California, 2011-2017

Gender: Female

Age at 2021 inauguration: 56

Family Situation: Married husband (Doug Emhoff) in 2014, still together; stepmother to Ella and Cole Emhoff

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: ?

Projected primary funding source for campaign: ?

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Mike Gravel

Mike Gravel by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Campaign Slogan: ?

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: ?

Campaign website: https://mikegravel.com/

Current Occupation: CEO of KUSH

Previous Job or Position: U.S. Senator, Alaska, 1969-1981

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 90

Family Situation: Married 2nd wife (Whitney Stewart) in 1984, still together; he has two children from his first marraige

Net Worth: ?

Intends to Make Tax Returns Available: ?


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Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand, official portrait, 112th Congress (cropped).jpg

Campaign Slogan: "Brave Wins"

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: "Restoring Our Values," "Fighting for Women and Families," "Getting Corruption and Greed out of Government," "Making the Economy Work for All of Us," "Keeping America Safe"

Campaign website: https://kirstengillibrand.com/

Current Occupation: U.S. Senator, New York, 2009-present

Previous Job or Position: U.S. Representative, New York, 2007-2009

Gender: Female

Age at 2021 inauguration: 54

Family Situation: Married husband (Jonathan Gillibrand) in 2001, still together; they have two children


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Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard, official portrait, 113th Congress (cropped 3).jpg

Campaign Slogan: ?

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: ?

Campaign website: ?

Current Occupation: U.S. Representative, Hawaii, 2013-present

Gender: Female

Age at 2021 inauguration: 39

Family Situation:

 


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John Delaney

John Delaney 113th Congress official photo (cropped) 2.jpg

Campaign Slogan: ?

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: ?

Campaign website: ?

Current Occupation: U.S. Representative, Maryland, 2013-2019

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 57

Family Situation:

 


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Julián Castro

Julián Castro's Official HUD Portrait (cropped).jpg

Campaign Slogan: ?

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: ?

Campaign website: ?

Current Occupation: U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 2014-2017

Previous Job or Position: Mayor, San Antonio Texas, 2009-2014

Gender: Male

Age at 2021 inauguration: 46

Family Situation:

 


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Cory Booker

Cory Booker, official portrait, 114th Congress.jpg

Campaign Slogan: ?

Campaign/Presidential Thrust or Focus: ?

Campaign website: ?

Current Occupation: U.S. Senator, New Jersey, 2013-present

Previous Job or Position: U.S. Representative, Washington, 1999-2012

Gender: Male

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