There are a lot of municipal elected officials running for President.
While they don’t attract the attention that federal and state offices typically command, municipal elections often serve as the launch pad for political careers that often go further — including to campaigns for President.
As of June 19, 2019, there are seven current or former Mayors running for President, and a further six former municipal elected officials. These 12 candidates make up half of the entire field. They appear below, ordered by last name. Stars indicate current or former Mayors.
Joe Biden – New Castle County, DE Councilmember (fmr.)
*Cory Booker – Newark, NJ Mayor (fmr.)
*Pete Buttigieg – South Bend, IN Mayor
*Julian Castro – San Antonio, TX Mayor (fmr.)
*Bill de Blasio – New York, NY Mayor
Tulsi Gabbard – Honolulu, HI City Councilmember (fmr.)
Kamala Harris – San Francisco City/County District Attorney (fmr.)
*John Hickenlooper – Denver, CO Mayor (fmr.)
Amy Klobuchar – Hennepin County, MN County Attorney (fmr.)
*Wayne Messam – Miramar, FL Mayor
Beto O’Rourke – El Paso, TX City Councilmember (fmr.)
*Bernie Sanders – Burlington, VT Mayor (fmr.)
Eric Swalwell – Dublin, CA City Councilmember (fmr.) — DROPPED OUT