From Bloomberg to Bernie to Buttigieg, Democratic presidential hopefuls are making their presence a priority in the Inland Empire region leading up to California’s Democratic presidential primary election on March 3.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened his first California campaign field office in Riverside on Sunday where he made an appearance before a reported 40 people. He declared his candidacy Nov. 24.

Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also has a Riverside field office. Sanders also has also opened a field office in Coachella. Sanders stumped in Coachella and Rancho Mirage in December.

The first of the three B’s to travel to the Inland Empire Region was Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Ind. He traveled to Palm Springs in November for a private fundraiser. His spouse, Chasten Buttigieg was in Palm Springs on Sunday, Jan. 5 for a second fundraiser. Rich Weissman, who along with J.D. Horn, hosted the pair of fundraisers.

Weissman told Uken Report that he is sure Buttigieg will be back as it gets closer to the Primary.

Bloomberg has decided not to compete in the first four contests to select delegates to the Democratic National Convention — the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary, the Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary.

Bloomberg will first go head-to-head with his competition in the Super Tuesday primaries, which include California.

Bloomberg grew up in a middle-class family in the Boston suburb of Medford, Massachusetts, the son of a bookkeeper at a local dairy who never earned more than $6,000 a year in his life, according to a biography his campaign supplied.

In 1990, Bloomberg founded the international news agency Bloomberg Business News, now known as Bloomberg News.

If elected president, Bloomberg, a billionaire, would be the oldest president. He will turn 78 Feb. 14.   He would also be the first Jewish president as would Sanders.






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