WASHINGTON – Immediately after officially announcing his new run for the 2020 American presidency, the US Senator Bernie Sanders has named Faiz Shakir, a prominent Muslim civil rights lawyer, to lead his effort, in a first for a major American presidential bid, Anadolu Agency reported.
Shakir was named a campaign manager by the independent senator. He’s a Harvard University graduate and former national political director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Shakir was also the editor and founding member of ThinkProgress website during the Bush and Obama administrations. He’s known for having a firm argument that court debt shouldn’t lead to people losing their jobs.
Sanders, a strong spoiler ahead of Hillary Clinton’s Democratic nomination for president in 2016, joins a crowded field of hopefuls for the 2020 Democratic nod. Though an independent, progressive Sanders caucuses with the Democrats.