Update April 14 3:20 p.m. EDT: Pete Buttigieg officially announced he would join the run for president in 2020. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor made the announcement to a standing room-only crowd.
“My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete. I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana, and I am running for President of the United States,” Buttigieg said as crowds erupted in applause.
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is expected to officially announce his candidacy for president Sunday afternoon, the South Bend Tribune reported.
Buttigieg, 37, tweeted April 4 after launching an exploratory committee that he had a “special announcement” to make April 14. The two-term Democrat will reveal his plans during a 2 p.m. speech in downtown South Bend, the Tribune reported. The announcement was originally planned for an outdoor rally but was moved indoors because poor weather was forecast, the Tribune reported.
Buttigieg’s speech will be live streamed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the newspaper reported.
Buttigieg was elected mayor of South Bend in 2011, making him the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents, according to The Associated Press. In 2017, he ran for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, but was defeated.
Buttigieg came out as gay in a 2015, writing in a column for the South Bend Tribune while he was running for his second term as the city’s mayor.
“We Midwesterners are instinctively private to begin with, and I’m not used to viewing this as anyone else’s business,” Buttigieg wrote. “But it’s clear to me that at a moment like this, being more open about it could do some good. For a local student struggling with her sexuality, it might be helpful for an openly gay mayor to send the message that her community will always have a place for her.”
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