By Dymond Alexis
Why not announce on the first day of black history month that you’re running for President in 2020?
New Jersey’s senator Cory Booker is ready for the ride and announces that he’s running for President in 2020. Booker is known for his ambitious efforts in improving the Newark community as their mayor.
“The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it,” Booker narrates in a video released on Friday morning, which features him walking through his Newark neighborhood.
Booker joins a very competitive group of candidates including Sens. Kamala Harris; Kirsten Gillibrand; and Elizabeth Warren (who hasn’t announced that she’s officially running). Booker plans to travel to Iowa the weekend of Feb. 9, then to South Carolina and New Hampshire over the following week, according to his campaign.
“We are better when we help each other,” Booker says in a video message. “I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame.”
We’re excited for Booker’s bid and can’t wait to see what he wants to do for our country.