A Guide to the Democratic Presidential Candidates

The next U.S. presidential election is not until November 2020, but there is already a fast-growing field of Democrats eager to contend for their party’s presidential nomination next year. Here is a list of those who have formally entered the race for the White House.

By Megan Duzor | VOA News

The Democratic field is shaping up as one of the largest and most diverse groups in history, featuring a half-dozen women and minority candidates with a range of experience in both government and the private sector. Some of the candidates are already well-known while others will face the challenge of building a national profile.

The various contenders will compete to see who can meet the party’s desire for a strong challenger to take on President Donald Trump, a Republican, while also promoting a progressive agenda on economic and environmental issues, a focus that could tug the party further to the left next year. The field is expected to grow in the months ahead.

* Possible candidates (who haven't declared their candidacy)

Joseph R. Biden Jr., Steve Bullock, Mitch Landrieu, Terry McAuliffe, Howard Schultz,