A look at three candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination


Courtesy United States Congress and Pete Buttigieg

Three candidates, Corey Booker, Tulsi Gabbard and Pete Buttigieg are running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Abby Keene, Staff Writer

The 2020 Democratic field for president is crowded, and it’s tough to know little, yet valuable, things about each and every one of the 23 candidates. While the field is sure to thin out, after reading biographies about each candidate, these were three that stuck out to me.

Pete Buttigieg is impeccably qualified for public service and offers representation for the LGBT community. Tulsi Gabbard has plenty of experience in Washington and the military at just 38, and it is refreshing to see a young woman who is vibrant, yet classy in the race. Cory Booker is a spotlight senator, but his policy goals going into the race reflect his long time values and his New Jersey roots.

Courtesy Pete Buttigieg
Current South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Pete Buttigieg aka “Mayor Pete”, 37, Indiana

  • Attended Harvard and Oxford
  • Classical Pianist
  • Speaks eight languages (Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Arabic, Dari, French and English)
  • Mayor of South-Bend, Indiana
  • Navy veteran, served in Afghanistan
  • Devout Catholic
  • He would be the youngest and first openly gay president to be elected
  • Pete supports stricter gun laws, a single payer healthcare system over time and ending “forever wars” but hasn’t made his particular passion clear.

    Courtesy United States Congress
    Representative Tulsi Gabbard is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Tulsi Gabbard, 38, Hawaii

  • Gabbard has served in Congress for six years
  • Army veteran, served in Iraq, still serving in the National Guard Reserves
  • The first Samoan-American and the first Hindu member of Congress
  • Former Vice Chair of the DNC
  • Loves to surf
  • Main issues are financial reform, lowering poverty and ending the war in Syria



Cory Booker, 50, New Jersey

Courtesy Senate Democrats
Senetor Cory Booker is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
  • Attended Stanford on a football scholarship, Oxford Rhodes Scholar, Yale Law
  • Served as mayor of the city of Newark, New Jersey for seven years
  • Was elected as the first person of color to represent New Jersey in the Senate
  • One of the only Senators to keep residence in a low income area after being elected
  • Booker is vegan and proud
  • Booker’s main cause is, and always has been, aiding urban development