Candidates announce plans to run for South Bend government positions

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Four people announced plans to run for positions within the City of South Bend's government in the 2023 election.

On Tuesday, Jason Banicki announced his bid for South Bend City Clerk.

Banicki filed to run as a democrat Wednesday morning.

Wednesday afternoon, Drew Duncan, Bruce Mitchell, Jr. and Jorden Giger announced candidacies for South Bend Common Council positions.

Duncan will run for the 3rd District against current councilmember Sharon McBride. Duncan, 32, is the former Political Action Chair for the South Bend branch of the NAACP.

Mitchell will run for the 6th District against current councilmember Sheila Niezgodski. Mitchell, 32, is an Iraq War veteran and found of BE YOU, an organization whose goal is to "inspire everyday people to be their best selves," he said.

Giger will run for the 2nd District, a position currently held by Henry Davis, Jr., who recently announced his bid for mayor. Giger, 31, is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter South Bend and a member of the South Bend branch of the NAACP.

All three will file for candidacy on Thursday.

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