South Bend mayor to de­cide on po­lit­i­cal plan by year’s end

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - As­so­ci­ated Press

SOUTH BEND — South Bend’s mayor, who has been se­lected to speak at an Iowa po­lit­i­cal event along­side po­ten­tial 2020 pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, said he won’t re­veal his po­lit­i­cal plans un­til the end of the year.

Lib­eral po­lit­i­cal group Progress Iowa an­nounced Thurs­day that South Bend Mayor Pete But­tigieg will speak at its an­nual hol­i­day party in Des Moines on Dec. 20, the South Bend Tri­bune re­ports. Other planned speak­ers in­clude Demo­cratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Demo­cratic Rep. Eric Swal­well of Cal­i­for­nia and en­trepre- neur An­drew Yang.

But­tigieg, a Rhodes scholar who served in Afghanistan in 2014 as a Navy Re­serve of­fi­cer, said Thurs­day that he will de­cide by the end of the year whether to run for pres­i­dent. He said he has been talk­ing with sev­eral peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

He gained some na­tional at­ten­tion as he cam­paigned for chair­man of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee last year. He dropped out of that race just ahead of the vot­ing. He also spoke at a Progress Iowa event in Septem­ber 2017.

“Our mem­bers loved hear­ing from him, so he was a nat­u­ral fit,” Progress Iowa spokesman Matt Si­novic said. “As some­one who is con­sid­er­ing what he’s go­ing to do next, we thought he might be in­ter­ested in com­ing ... and we want some­one who peo­ple will be ex­cited to see.”

But­tigieg must de­cide early next year whether to seek a third term as mayor. The month­long fil­ing pe­riod for In­di­ana can­di­dates run­ning in the 2019 mu­nic­i­pal pri­mary elec­tions be­gins Jan. 9.

But­tigieg mar­ried his hus­band, Chas­ten Glez­man, in June. He had an­nounced he was gay in a 2015 news­pa­per col­umn, five months be­fore he won elec­tion to a sec­ond term as mayor with 80 per­cent of the vote.

ROBERT FRANKLIN/SOUTH BEND TRI­BUNE

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