March 18, 2019
Pete Buttigieg is one of the youngest candidates for President of the United States. He is just 2 years (37) over the required minimum age of 35. He is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
From his campaign website:
Pete Buttigieg is a millennial Mayor, Afghanistan war veteran, and husband.Pete was first elected mayor in 2011 at only 29 years old, and re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote.Pete served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and took an unpaid seven months leave during his mayoral term for a deployment to Afghanistan. For his counter-terrorism work, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
In 2017, he ran for Democratic National Committee chair, earning national praise for his clear message and emphasis on rebuilding the Democratic Party from the ground up in every community. He currently serves as the chair of the “Automation and the Impacts on America’s Cities” task force at the United States Conference of Mayors.
A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and graduate of Harvard, he lives with his husband Chasten in the same South Bend neighborhood where he grew up, with their two rescue dogs, Truman and Buddy.
Is he progressive?
“Buttigieg supports Supreme Court reform, comprehensive against climate change, and universal health care. But recent polls show support for Buttigieg among Democratic voters at less than one percent.” This last sentence seems a bit premature.
He wrote a book: Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future.
Thanks to Lisa C for the following:
Listen to a very informative, in-depth interview with Pete with Preet Bharara on his podcast, Stay Tuned with Preet: http://tun.in/ti0x8f
Written by Olympia Indivisible member Glen Hubbard