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Jan. 23-25, 2019 - As the partial government shutdown dragged on, mayors gathered in the nation's capitol for the U.S. Conference of Mayors' 87th annual winter meeting.  The mayors participated in and attended various panels and forums and heard from leaders on Capitol Hill and in the administration.  A number of presidential prospects addressed the mayors: Vice President Joe Biden, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, former Gov. Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).  This is still the early stages of the 2020 campaign and the Democratic field is just starting to form—currently there are five declared candidates and three exploratory candidates, but many more are expected to enter the race.  Of the eight shown here only Mayor Buttigieg has taken formal steps to run; he announced his presidential exploratory committee coinciding with the first day of the winter meeting, holding a media availability at a nearby hotel. 
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