What's next for Pete Buttigieg?

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - With former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg suspending his campaign for President over the weekend, the question remains: now what? The immediate future for Buttigieg would appear to include more campaigning, as he and fellow former candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar went to a campaign event in Dallas, Texas to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden. People in Michiana said they believe and hope Mayor Pete's time as a public servant is not over.

"I'd like to see him serve some office here in the state of Indiana, represent the people of Indiana either at the national level or in Indianapolis," said Chairman of the Elkhart County Democrats Chad Crabtree.

Throughout Mayor Pete's campaign for President, the South Bend Black Lives Matter chapter was critical of his performance as mayor and often spoke out in opposition to his candidacy, but at least one of the chapter's members said he hopes Buttigieg turns his attention back to South Bend.

"I’m hoping that he can leverage the contacts that he’s made to really revitalize and benefit South Bend," said Emmanuel Cannady of Black Lives Matter South Bend. "Not just the black parts and not just the minority parts but all of South Bend and I think he now has the resources and he has the power to do that.”

In a statement released Monday night, Buttigieg reaffirmed his commitment to uniting the Democratic party and nominating a candidate who can beat Donald Trump in November. He said he was proud to endorse Joe Biden but also "When we got into this race, our goal was not simply to win the presidency. It was to help unify Americans to defeat Donald Trump and usher in the era that must come next."

With Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Businessman Tom Steyer all ending their campaigns over the weekend, that leaves former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the top Democratic candidates remaining in the race going into Super Tuesday.

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