There are several candidates running for U.S. presidency in 2020, some more popular than others. The democratic field is the most diverse in American history. It features two black contenders, Senator Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and three other women including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representative Tulsi Gabbard. There is also a Hispanic candidate, Julian Castro, among others. The field represents growth in our country which has in the past, struggled with civil rights, human rights, and equality.
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, announced his candidacy to become president on the first day of black history month, February 1, 2019. Here is what you need to know about him:
- Born April 27, 1969 (age 49)
- He attended Stanford, Oxford, and Yale Law School
- He previously served on the city council of Newark, where he currently resides
- He also served as the city’s mayor as a hands-on politician from 2006 to 2013; He saved a woman from a fire, saved a freezing dog, and personally shoveled the snow of residents. Because of this he gained a widespread following on social media and made a name for himself.
- Booker was elected to the Senate in 2013 as the state’s first black senator.
- Booker’s policy pushes include criminal justice reform and combating climate change. He is a supporter of the Green New Deal and co-sponsored Sen. Bernie Sanders Medicare for All Bill
- He reintroduced the Debt-Free College Act alongside several other Democratic colleagues. This legislation will reverse the growing student debt crisis in the U.S. and restore a path to affordable college .
Sidenote: College debt exceeds $1.5 trillion dollars, which is second only to mortgage debt. And according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student loan debt is responsible for 35% of the decline in homeownership since 2007.
- Booker and his colleagues also reintroduced a Marijuana Justice Bill, which would end the federal prohibition on marijuana, expunge records, and reinvest in the communities most impacted by the War on Drugs
- His campaign, called Cory 2020, is built on the spirit of the civil rights movement and has a vision to “channel our common pain back into our common purpose”. You can donate to his campaign at www.corybooker.com.
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