Putting months of speculation to rest, President Barack Obama's former Attorney General Eric Holder formally announced he would not seek the Democratic nomination in next year's presidential election.

Holder, 68, delivered the news via an op-ed in The Washington Post Monday. However, the Columbia Law grad said he plans to use his position on the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) to continue promoting the values of the Democratic Party. 

"Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates," a portion of his op-ed read.

Holder currently serves as chairman of the NDRC, an organization dedicated to changing the laws around gerrymandering so that Democrats may be afforded similar electoral opportunities as Republicans in contentious districts.

Holder continued his op-ed by stating he would guarantee the next Democratic head of state will work with lawmakers who don't come from gerrymandered precincts. 

"I will do everything I can to ensure that the next Democratic president is not hobbled by a House of Representatives pulled to the extremes by members from gerrymandered districts."

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Throughout his piece, Holder identified several agenda items the eventual nominee should work toward resolving, which include immigration reform and the First Step Act. According to Slate, the First Step Act is a bipartisan bill focused on lengthening mandatory prison verdicts and prohibiting federal guards from keeping pregnant inmates handcuffed. 

Holder's absence in the 2020 race allows the already crowded bunch of Democratic nominees a slight advantage to unseat incumbent Republican President Donald Trump. Currently, 11 individuals have declared their intentions to become the nation's 46th president. From well-known names like Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-NJ) to unfamiliar faces such as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), the forthcoming election is poised to be the most diverse in this country's history.

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