Background: Senior U.S. senator from Colorado and former superintendent of Denver Public Schools; was a member of the so-called Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of senators who pushed for comprehensive immigration reform in 2013.
Top issues: Immigration reform, K-12 education, expanding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
Visits to the region: Four, in March at the Graphicast manufacturing plant in Jaffrey before declaring his candidacy a few weeks later, Hillsborough County Democrats’ Summer Picnic in Greenfield in August, Jaffrey, Peterborough and Keene in December, an editorial board interview with The Sentinel in January
Background: Former vice president; ran for president in 1988 and 2008 and was the U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973-2009
Top issues: Expanding health care access under the Affordable Care Act, mending diplomatic relationships with allies and “restoring the soul of our nation"
Visits to the region since this cycle: Two, a Keene State rally in late August and a town hall in Peterborough in December
Background: Mayor of South Bend, Ind.; served in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer in the Naval Reserves. Buttigieg is a former Rhodes scholar and would be the first openly gay president.
Top issues: Medicare for All Who Want It, workforce development, bridging the rural-urban divide
Visits to the region this cycle: Six, once in February at the Orchard School and Community Center in Alstead before declaring his candidacy, then as an official candidate in May at Keene High School and an August house party in Hancock. He brought huge crowds to the Peterborough Town House in October, the Walpole Elementary School in November and The Colonial Theatre in Keene in January.
Background: Former congressman from Maryland, founder of two companies publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Top issues: A national service plan, infrastructure overhaul and fiscal responsibility
Visits to the region: At least eight, including a March double-header in Peterborough, stops in Keene and Jaffrey and an editorial board interview at The Sentinel in July, the Hillsborough County Democrats’ Summer Picnic in Greenfield in August, an October house party in Nelson.
Background: U.S. representative from Hawaii, who is the first Hindu and first Samoan-American member of Congress. Gabbard also served in a combat medical unit in the National Guard in Iraq.
Top issues: Cutting defense spending and reducing America’s military presence abroad.
Visits to the region this election cycle: At least six, two of which came before her official campaign launch. Gabbard was one of the earliest current candidates in the field to come to the Monadnock Region ahead of the midterms with a stop at Keene Middle School, where she gave an address at a progressive organizing summit with Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s fame. In October, she visited Franklin Pierce University and Keene State College, and attended a house party in Jaffrey in December. In January, she stopped in Jaffrey and held town halls in Keene and Charlestown.
Background: The senior U.S. senator from Minnesota, Klobuchar was the Hennepin County attorney before becoming the first woman elected to one of Minnesota’s Senate seats
Top issues: Expanding broadband access, solidifying the Affordable Care Act and tackling climate change
Visits to the region this cycle: Six, she made an April visit to Peterborough’s Waterhouse Restaurant, gave a May address as the keynote speaker of the Cheshire County Democrats’ annual spaghetti dinner in Keene, made an August stop in Greenfield for the Hillsborough County Democrats’ Summer Picnic and participated in a business roundtable followed by a Q&A town hall at Stonewall Farm in Keene. After the last debate in October, she visited a Keene State College political science class, and she drew a large crowd to Keene High School in December, followed by an editorial board interview at The Sentinel.
Background: former governor of Massachusetts, civil rights lawyer and businessman. Patrick was the first African American governor of Massachusetts and also served under then-President Bill Clinton as the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
Top issues: economic growth, climate change, investing in public schools.
Patrick has four primary agendas under the categories of “Opportunity,” “Reform,” “Democracy” and “Leadership.” He touts bipartisanship to “Fix big systems like health care, immigration, criminal justice, and taxes so that they align with our values and enable the American Dream,” according to his campaign website.
Visits to the region this election cycle: One, to Dublin in November
Background: Junior U.S. senator from Vermont, formerly the at-large congressman for Vermont and mayor of Burlington; runner-up in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary; remains an independent but caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate
Top issues: income inequality, climate change, single payer health care
Visits to the region this cycle: Four, a full-house rally at The Colonial Theatre in Keene in March and another packed rally at the Peterborough Town House in September. One of Sanders’ first events after his heart attack was an October rally at Keene State College. He also held a holiday party at Stonewall Farm in Keene in December and stopped at The Sentinel that month for an editorial board interview.
Background: Billionaire investor from California and founder of NextGen America, a nonprofit group pushing for environmental and voting-rights reform
Top issues: Climate change, term limits, national referendums
Visits to the region this cycle: One, a town hall forum on disabilities at the Crotched Mountain School in Greenfield
Background: Senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts; previously a Harvard Law School professor of bankruptcy law and adviser to federal oversight programs
Top issues: Anti-corruption, health care, consumer protections
Visits to the region this cycle: Four, a Keene State College town hall in April, a packed rally at the Peterborough Town House in July, a return to Keene State in September and a bowling alley rally at Bowling Acres in Peterborough in December.
Background: Tech entrepreneur and philanthropist from New York
Top issues: Universal basic income (Freedom Dividend), modernizing the government, climate change
Visits to the region this cycle: Eight, June 2018 at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene and February 2019 at The Works Café in the Elm City before a stop at Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough, a late-August visit to Keene State, a September return to Peterborough and a December double-header with The Sentinel editorial board and another brewery-hosted town hall at Branch & Blade Brewing Co. He opened his Keene field office on New Year's Day, and appeared at the Peterborough Town House later in January.
Background: President of the United States, businessman, reality TV star
Top issues: Immigration, the economy
Visits to the region this cycle: None, but held a rally in Manchester in August
Background: Conservative radio show host; served as congressman from Illinois from 2011-13
Reason for challenging President Trump: To restore what he describes as the fiscally conservative spirit of the tea party into the GOP, in addition to putting a check on Trump for his behavior.
Walsh once said he was going to be “grabbing my musket” if Trump lost in 2016, but has since said he was wrong about the former real estate mogul and has accused him of being “unfit to be president.”
Visits to the region this cycle: None
Background: Former Massachusetts governor, 1991-97; Libertarian vice presidential candidate, 2016
Reason for challenging President Trump: To offer an alternative for old-school Republicanism by giving voters a fiscally conservative, socially liberal choice. Weld has said he will not run as a third party candidate in 2020.
Visits to the region this cycle: Four, at Keene State in September and November, in Peterborough in July and at Franklin Pierce University in February before officially declaring his candidacy