2020 Democratic Primaries: Top Democratic Presidential Candidates you need to know

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We are now less than 15 months out from the 2020 US presidential elections. For those that are not aware, the election is stipulated to take place on November 3rd, 2020. For the purpose of this article, we’ll be focusing on the 2020 Democratic primaries. The number of candidates vying for the Democratic presidential ticket is said to be largest in the country’s history. So far, the party have received 25 nominees and more are yet to announce their campaign. So while we wait for them, here are the top Democratic presidential candidates you need to know;

John Kelvin Delaney

First, on the list of top democratic presidential candidates, you need to know is John Delaney. He is a former congressman representing Maryland’s 6th congressional district from 2013 to 2019. He is the first person to announce his candidacy back in July 2017.

  • Age: 55
  • Years in politics: 6
  • Funded by: He is a businessman and presently funding his campaign. Though he was founded by housing, construction companies and banks during his congressional race.
  • Vision for the economy: Compete against China in Asia. Build private and the public international coalition against China’s intellectual property theft.

Social media presence: Facebook: 357,000, Instagram: 2,100, Twitter: 33,000.

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang is the son of Taiwanese immigrants. He is a tech entrepreneur, philanthropist and attorney. He is the founder of VFA (Venture of America), a nonprofit organization tasked with creating jobs in rural cities within the country. Yang announced his candidacy in November 2018.

  • Age: 44
  • Years in politics: less than a year
  • Funded by: Uses his own money and also accepts individual contributions.
  • Vision for the economy: monthly check of $1,000 for every Americans aged 18+ cause of robots taking over human jobs.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 26,300, Instagram: 32,400, Twitter: 608,400.

Julian Castro

Julian Castro served under Barrack Obama Cabinet from 2014 to 2017 as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. At the time, he was the youngest member of the president’s cabinet. Castro entered the presidential race in January 2019.

  • Age: 44
  • Years in politics: 18
  • Funded by: There are no public records about his funding. He did pledge not to collect a dime from political action committees.
  • Vision for the economy: A strong advocate of free trade deals.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 102,400, Instagram: 24,400, Twitter: 389,000.

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is an activist, lecturer and author. She has 13 books of which four of them were ranked number one by the New York Times. She is also known as a spiritual advisor to Billionaire Oprah Winfrey. Back in 2014, Marianne ran for US representative in California independently and lost.

  • Age: 66
  • Years in politics: 5
  • Funded by: No records yet. She is wealthy in her own rights.
  • Vision for the economy: To pay the sum of $10 billion annually for 10 years in slavery reparations to African American communities.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 737,200, Instagram: 358,000, Twitter: 2.8 million.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is a former prosecutor in Oakland, California. She is also a former Senator where she represented California. She announced her candidacy in January 2019.

  • Age: 54
  • Years in politics: 16
  • Funded by: Small donors, retirees, entertainment industry and financers.
  • Vision for the economy: The LIFT Act that she says will provide up to $500 a month to families.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 1.22 million, Instagram: 1.5 million, Twitter: 3 million.

Cory Booker

Cory Booker is the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He announced his campaign on February 1, 2019.

  • Age: 49
  • Years in politics: 17
  • Funded by: Individual contributions
  • Vision for the economy: The baby bond program that will guarantee every child a US Treasury bond at birth.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 1.27 million, Instagram: 635,000, Twitter: 4.18 million.

Tulsi Gabbard

Next, on the list of top democratic presidential candidates, you need to know is Tulsi Gabbard. She is the first Hindu Congress member representing Hawaii. She announced her candidacy on the 2nd of February 2019.

  • Age: 37
  • Years in politics: 17
  • Funded by: Mostly individual donors
  • Vision for the economy: To cut taxes on small businesses and farmers while raising them on corporations.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 300,600, Instagram: 74,300, Twitter: 500,000.

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is a former US senator from Massachusetts. She suggested on February 9, 2019, that Donald Trump will be in jail by 2020. It was on that day she also formally announced her candidacy.

  • Age: 69
  • Years in politics: 10
  • Funded by: Education industry and the legal profession.
  • Vision for the economy: “The wealth tax”, an additional 2-3% tax designed for wealthy corporations.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 3.2 million, Instagram: 1.3 million, Twitter: 4.8 million.

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar is a former corporate lawyer. She was the first female elected as a Minnesota senator. She announced her campaign in a rally on the 10th of February 2019.

  • Age: 58
  • Years in politics: 12
  • Funded by: Law firm, food and dairy industry.
  • Vision for the economy: New systems to enable small/medium businesses in the country to export their products worldwide.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 319,700, Instagram: 51,900, Twitter: 631,000.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is a former mayor of Burlington, former US House of Representatives, and US Senator. He is the longest-serving independent senator in the country. Bernie announced his candidacy on the 19th of February 2019 with the theme “change from the bottom up”.

  • Age: 77
  • Years in politics: 38
  • Funded by: 75% from small donors.
  • Vision for the economy: Free tuition fee for public colleges.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 7.5 million, Instagram: 2.9 million, Twitter: 8.1 million.

Jay Inslee

Jay Inslee is also another top democratic presidential candidates you need to know. He is a former Congressman and Washington state governor.

  • Age: 68
  • Years in politics: 24
  • Funded by: electronic and tech industries. small donors.
  • Vision for the economy: To stop climate change which will boost economic growth.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 135,000, Instagram: 9,200, Twitter: 168,000.

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper is a businessman and geologist. He was elected as Colorado governor in 2010, before that he served two tenures as the mayor of Denver.

  • Age: 67
  • Years in politics: 16
  • Funded by: Individual donors
  • Vision for the economy: Reduce the cost of doing business. Increase compliance with regulations.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 114,000, Instagram: 13,400, Twitter: 146,000.

Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke is a former US representative from Texas. He released a video on March 14th 2019 announcing his candidacy.

  • Age: 46
  • Years in politics: 15
  • Funded by: Individual contributors.
  • Vision for the economy: Reducing inequality.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 939,000, Instagram: 947,000, Twitter: 1.4 million.

Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand is a former New York congressional representative. She officially entered the presidential race with a video released on 17th of March 2019.

  • Age: 52
  • Years in politics: 11
  • Funded by: Wall Street institutions and Law firms.
  • Vision for the economy: For companies to adopt a universal paid parental leave policy.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 550,400, Instagram: 233,000, Twitter: 1.4 million.

Wayne Messam

Wayne Messam is a construction company owner and mayor of Miramar, Florida. He is a former NFL player and son of Jamaican immigrants.

  • Age: 44
  • Years in politics: 8
  • Funded by: small donors
  • Vision for the economy: The cancellation of the $1.5 trillion student debt.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 4,800 Instagram: 5,100, Twitter: 7,500.

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan served eight terms as a Congressman. He is a native Ohioan and advocate of payer healthcare, renewable energy and union labour.

  • Age: 45
  • Years in politics: 15
  • Funded by: labour unions, lawyers and single donors.
  • Vision for the economy: Creating jobs in electric-vehicle manufacturing industries.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 59,000, Instagram: 3,500, Twitter: 72,000.

Mike Gravel

Mike Gravel is a former US senator. He is from Alaska and last time we saw him in the politics game was during the 2008 democratic presidential election.

  • Age: 88
  • Years in politics: 56
  • Funded by: Individual contributors
  • Vision for the economy: Creating social wealth fund.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 15,700, Instagram: 17,800, Twitter: 99,700.

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg announced his candidacy on the 14th of April 2019. He is gay and former mayor from South Bend.

  • Age: 37
  • Years in politics: 17
  • Funded by: Local businesses
  • Vision for the economy: Increases public protections of jobs.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 377,800, Instagram: 67,600, Twitter: 1.2 million.

Seth Moulton

Seth Moulton is a former marine from Massachusetts. He is a congressman who announced his candidacy on April 22, 2019.

  • Age: 40
  • Years in politics: 5
  • Funded by: Diverse donors
  • Vision for the economy: The Green New Deal
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 179,000, Instagram: 8,150, Twitter: 143,100.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden was the vice president during Barrack Obama tenure. He is one of the famous figures in this list of top democratic presidential candidates you need to know. He released a campaign video on April 25th 2019.

  • Age: 76
  • Years in politics: 49
  • Funded by: Various source.
  • Vision for the economy: Tech education and increasing bargaining power for American workers.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 1.49 million, Instagram: 1.3 million, Twitter: 3.6 million.

Michael Bennet

Michael Bennet is a US senator from Colorado. He announced his candidacy on the 2nd of May 2019 on CBS This morning show.

  • Age: 54
  • Years in politics: 10
  • Funded by: No strategy yet.
  • Vision for the economy: Medicare X system: a true public healthcare option.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 104,000, Instagram: 7,780, Twitter: 288,700.

Steve Bullock

Steve Bullock is a former state attorney and Governor of Montana. He is an advocate of strong Finance laws.

  • Age: 53
  • Years in politics: 11
  • Funded by: Individual contributors
  • Vision for the economy: Reform campaign finance laws.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 44,000, Instagram: 6,358, Twitter: 175,000.

Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio is the mayor of New York City. He is a very popular figure in the state of New York.

  • Age: 58
  • Years in politics: 12
  • Funded by: Workers unions and Democratic PACs
  • Vision for the economy: Healthy economic expansion.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 263,700, Instagram: 58,500, Twitter: 157,600.

Joe Sestak

Joe Sestak is a former National Security Council director of defence policy under Bill Clinton. He is also a retired Navy officer.

  • Age: 67
  • Years in politics: 4
  • Funded by: Individual contributors
  • Vision for the economy: Raise corporate tax and cut middle-class tax.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 17,000, Instagram: 326, Twitter: 10,800.

Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer is a billionaire and philanthropist. He is a strong advocate of impeaching Donald Trump.

  • Age: 62
  • Years in politics: Never ran for office but always a political influencer.
  • Funded by: Self-fund.
  • Vision for the economy: Advocate of higher taxes for the wealthy.
  • Social media presence: Facebook: 505,000 Instagram: 41,500, Twitter: 237,000.

This is the full list of the top Democratic presidential candidates you need to know including their age, years in politics, who are funding their campaign and lots more. There is no official date yet for the democratic presidential election and more candidates are expected to announce their candidacy in the coming months.

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