Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the national spotlight
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It’s his first major announcement since running for DNC Chair, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has shown no signs of slowing down yet.
Since he became mayor 5 years ago, Mayor Buttigieg has become a voice for the city of South Bend and now, he’s aiming even higher. In the past year alone, he’s taken several major steps to better the city and says he has more up his sleeve.
Take it back one year. In June 2016, the Navy veteran was featured in the New York Times not once, but twice, greeting former President Obama just days before.
Not long after, he took the opportunity to tell how he planned on turning one of America’s dying cities, known as a structure of the past, into a reinvention.
Mayor Buttigieg used what he already knew, mixed it with what he planned to figure out, and took one of the biggest jumps of his career. On January 5th, 2017 he ran for the Democratic National Chair, ending weeks of local and national rumors. He ended up dropping out due to a lack of votes, but that didn’t stop him.
On May 19th, the 35-year-old mayor appeared as a “rising star” on Chelsea with Chelsea Handler, then sat down with Seth Meyers a month later on late night to discuss governing in a red state.
That same day, Mayor Buttigieg wrote and released his own article including his biggest announcement since running for DNC Chair. With hopes to change the vocab of the Democratic Party, he says he’s starting a Political Action Committee called Hitting Home. The goal, to show rather than tell how we can re-ground politics. For more on that, click here.
And if you thought that was it, there’s plenty more where that came from, including an upcoming speech in Iowa where he was chosen to a talk on politics and progress.
The South Bend Mayor was asked to headline alongside Senator Jeff Merkley at the progress event focusing on politics in the state.