Ashleigh Crouch, Correspondent
With the 2020 presidential election rapidly approaching, candidates are beginning to announce their running mates. As undecided voters consider their options, each major party candidate has selected the person they believe to be the best fit for their campaign.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden recently announced California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Harris was admitted to the California Bar in 1990 and immediately began her political career as deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California.
In 1998, Harris was recruited to become the San Francisco assistant district attorney, where she later became chief of the Career Criminal Division. According to her official campaign website, Harris was elected district attorney of San Franciscoin 2003, becoming California’s first district attorney of color.
She served as San Francisco’s district attorney from 2004 and was elected Attorney General of California in 2011. She was elected to the United States Senate in 2017.
Her official campaign website claims that her mission in the Senate has been “fighting for the rights of all communities in California.” Harris is most well known for her stances of supporting women’s rights to obtain legal abortions, and opposing the death penalty.
Donald Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence has been involved with politics since 2001, where he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Indiana’s second and sixth district.
According to his page on the official website for the White House, Pence was unanimously elected as chairman of both the House Republican Study and the House Republican Conference, where he served from 2009 to 2011. He held his congressional seat until 2013 when he was elected governor of Indiana. He was officially elected alongside Trump as Vice President in 2016.
Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian party’s nominee for the 2020 presidential election, recently announced her running mate as Jeremy “Spike” Cohen.
Cohen originally ran as the proposed running mate of libertarian candidate Vermin Supreme, who lost the nomination to Jorgensen. Cohen was elected by the party to run alongside Jorgensen after three rounds of voting. Cohen is the first Jewish Vice Presidential nominee since 2000.
Cohen has been a Libertarian activist since 2016. According to Jorgensen’s campaign website, Cohen is an advocate for the denormalization of the two party voting system in the United States. The Libertarian platform includes issues like comprehensive criminal justice reform and the reduction of national debt by reducing the overall size of the government.