Capitalizing on his excellent campaign for State Treasurer, Pete Buttigieg has decided to explore a run for Mayor of South Bend.
Mayor Steve Luecke announced recently that he will not seek another term, so, according to Buttigieg's statement, there will be an open seat Democratic Primary for the first time in 22 years. It's a quick turnaround for a man who just ran a statewide campaign. Even though he did not win that seat, Buttigieg definitely made some in-roads, some friends, and some good contacts. I think the experience he gained will make him a tough foe for anyone in his native city.
Here is the e-mail Buttigieg sent supporters:
As 2010 winds down, I want to take a moment to say thank you once again for all of your support and friendship throughout the Indiana treasurer's race. You helped build a great campaign which beat expectations in a very difficult year, and I can't thank you enough for all you did.
Speaking with many of you individually since Election Day, you urged me to remain involved, and I promised that I would find a way to make myself useful as our communities continue to struggle with the kinds of issues we raised in the campaign.
Now, sooner than I expected, I want to let you know about a new opportunity to make a difference. Here in my hometown of South Bend, the mayor has announced that he will not seek re-election. This means that in less than six months, South Bend will hold its first open-seat Democratic primary for mayor in 22 years.
At the urging of a number of friends, supporters, and leaders in this community, I have opened an exploratory committee to run for mayor.
While running two back-to-back campaigns is not a decision to take lightly, I cannot ignore this opportunity to make a difference. I was fortunate enough to have a great upbringing here, but our community struggles with the same kinds of issues I highlighted in the campaign for Treasurer. Without economic growth and more good-paying jobs, we risk falling into a cycle of decline in our neighborhoods, streets, schools, and economy.
As our community chooses new leadership, I believe I have something unique to offer. My business experience, my background in economics, and, yes, my youth, will enable me to provide a fresh start for South Bend.
With such a short period between now and the election, early support from new and old friends will be critical to our success. Please consider making a contribution to Pete for South Bend by clicking here (link deleted).
I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season, and I hope to have your support again in this new and exciting pursuit.