More than 50 mayors and former mayors recently signed on to an op-ed endorsing South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president. 

“We are more than 50 mayors across the country — from Santa Monica, California, to Topeka, Kansas, to Hartford, Connecticut — who know that an executive with vision and proven ability to get results is the key to a bright future for our nation,” the op-ed reads. “We see exactly that in Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana.”

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The op-ed naturally leans heavily on Buttigieg’s record as mayor of South Bend. 

“We have watched Mayor Pete over the past eight years, as his steady and inspired leadership has revitalized his city,” the op-ed continues. “It was no surprise to us when his constituents reelected him with 80% of the vote. Pete has transformed South Bend, and now he is showing what American leadership can and should be in the years ahead.”

The op-ed notes that mayors don’t have the luxury of partisan gridlock that often paralyzes Washington. Instead they have to work hard at coming up with practical solutions for their cities. 

“Our residents expect electricity when they flip the switch, clean water from their taps and trash picked up regularly. It would be unthinkable for a mayor like Pete to shut down the government because of a petty ideological disagreement,” the op-ed reads. “Pete’s vision for Medicare For All Who Want It is a great example of advancing progressive goals with a commitment to achieving results.”

Local gay mayors Dean Trantalis of Fort Lauderdale and Justin Flippen of Wilton Manors were both signers of the op-ed. 

Eight months ago the gay small town mayor was virtually unknown. So far he’s outpaced most pundit’s expectations, including raising the most money in the second quarter topping $24 million and has raised more than $51 million in total.