Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a 63-year-old African American, announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States on behalf of the Democratic Party for 2020.
The new White House nominee would travel to the state of New Hampshire to file for the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Nov.15 is the deadline, according to Fox News.
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price said Patrick told him he would be traveling to his state next week. In Iowa, the first meeting for nominations will be held on Feb. 3, 2020.
Patrick served as assistant U.S. attorney general for the Civil Rights Division from 1994 to 1997 under then-President Bill Clinton.
He then served as governor of the state of Massachusetts in 2006, re-elected in 2010, establishing a milestone as the first black governor in the history of the Commonwealth and the second in the history of the United States.
In 2015 he joined Bain Capital LP, a private investment firm based in Boston and he is currently the CEO.
Patrick is close to former President Obama and his candidacy is believed to be due to concerns that candidate Joe Biden may not win the election.
Patrick’s proposals include raising taxes for “the prosperous and the luckiest ones,” according to Bloomberg.
The new presidential candidate will have to exceed fundraising thresholds to finance a national campaign and qualify for party debates.
Likewise, he does not have a widely known name and will have to face Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, the other two black candidates who are already ahead of him in the presidential race.