Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to Congress, and Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor, have announced campaigns to run for the presidency in 2020 as the Democrat challenger to President Donald Trump.
Mrs Gabbard, 37, is a congresswoman from Hawaii while Mr Castro, 44, served as housing and urban development secretary during Barack Obama’s presidency.
They will both face fierce competition to win the Democratic Party’s nomination given politicians with higher profiles are expected to join the race soon.
Mrs Gabbard, a veteran of the Iraq war who backed Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton in 2016, announced her plans on Friday.
She recently made stops in both Iowa and New Hampshire – vital early voting states – and looked into hiring digital staff and speechwriters. She has also authored a memoir, which is set to be released in May.