South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg entered the presidential campaign on Jan. 23, announcing he is forming an exploratory committee.
“The case here is simple,” Buttigieg said. “It’s time for new a generation of leadership in our country and that we can’t nibble around the edges of a broken system. There is no going back. We can’t rewind to 1950 or for that matter 2010.”
The 37-year-old married gay man and Afghanistan war veteran says he administered a “turn around” in this Midwestern city. South Bend, with a population of around 100,000 and home to historic Catholic school, Notre Dame, was considered a “dying community,” Buttigieg said, when he took over.
“I have served my city as mayor, I have served my country as a military officer and now I’m ready for a new way to serve our people,” said Buttigieg, standing behind a podium and flanked by two American flags.
As a millennial, Buttigieg said he is a member of a generation that has a “tremendous amount at stake in the consequences of the decisions that are being made right now.”
Buttigieg summed up his campaign in three words: Freedom, Democracy and Security. He becomes the sixth Democrat to announce plans for a presidential campaign.
“In such a wide-open presidential race, Mayor Buttigieg would be a welcome contribution to the marketplace of ideas that will determine where our nation is headed in 2020 and beyond,” said Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund.