What’s Happening in 2020?

Bronx Science students intend on becoming politically active in the 2020 presidential election.

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Toni Ouyang

Daniel Ng ’19 encourages students to become politically active.

On Tuesday November 3rd, 2020, all of America will be anticipating our president for the next four years. This election will be particularly exciting for this year’s seniors, who may be voting for the first time in their lives.

As of now, there are twenty-three Democrats and two Republicans running. Republican President Donald Trump intends to seek reelection in 2020.

One popular candidate among Bronx Science students is former tech executive Andrew Yang. Many students attended his rally in Washington Square Park and have declared themselves a part of the “Yang Gang.” His platform proposes a universal basic income for all American citizens of $1000 a month, which can be helpful for those who need to maintain a stable income or those whose jobs are being replaced by AI.

Daniel Ng ’19 attended the rally for his friend’s political promposal. “It was exciting to meet a candidate that I might be voting for,” Ng said. He encourages his peers to attend political events to stay informed, and as a former intern at a political campaign, he hopes that they will become involved in the election process as well.

Other democratic candidates include senator Elizabeth Warren, senator Bernie Sanders, former congressman Beto O’Rourke, mayor Bill de Blasio, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Joseph R. Biden Jr. “I will also be considering voting for Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2020 election. My political views align with his as I wish to solve issues such as crippling student debt and the ever increasing wealth gap,” Ng said.

“By informing and staying involved in politics, we can elect representatives that truly reflect our views and keep America moving forward,” Ng said.

Rachel Landis ’19 has been politically active throughout her high school years, attending Women’s Marches in DC and NYC, MFOL, Gun Violence walkouts and rallies, climate strikes, BLM rallies, detention center protests, and a pro-choice rally at the supreme court.

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Rachel Landis ’19 is passionate about politics.

“I like Elizabeth Warren’s policies, especially about economics and breaking up big corporations like Amazon and Facebook. I’m also found of Pete Buttigieg because he is really intelligent and seems to really understand policy,” Landis said. As the year progresses, she is continuing to watch each candidate and see how they plan on resolving and handling conflict.

“Politics affects our lives, and the more informed we are, the better we can advocate for ourselves,” Landis said. She hopes for the younger generation to be politically educated as these new policies will affect them for the longest time.

Ng agrees. “By informing and staying involved in politics, we can elect representatives that truly reflect our views and keep America moving forward,” Ng said. He encourages students to register to vote, especially at school, where the process is very simple. 

As for what the future holds, both Landis and Ng can agree that presidential profiles will progressively change. “I believe that a female president in the near future is very possible as many of today’s prominent and aspiring leaders are women,” Ng said.

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