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Latest revision as of 15:13, 10 October 2019

SPEAKING WITH THEIR VOTES

In the 2011 election, Pete Buttigieg, then 29-years-old, won the mayoral race against Republican challenger Wayne Curry by picking up 74% of the vote.

In the 2015 election, he won it against Republican challenger Kelly Jones by picking up 80% of the vote.[1] Voting occurred Nov 3, 2015. Buttigieg came out as gay in a local editorial on Jun 16, 2015, less than five months prior.[2]

The fact that he won reelection with 80% of the vote in conservative Indiana so shortly after coming out as gay is a strong indicator of how much residents approved of his performance in his first term as mayor.

Demographic Breakdown

The population of South Bend was estimated to be over 101,000 in 2016. The racial composition of South Bend is:

  • White: 63.15%
  • Black or African American: 26.40%
  • Two or more races: 4.25%
  • Other race: 4.18%
  • Asian: 1.44%
  • Native American: 0.47%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%[3]

In other words, Buttigieg needed strong support from both the White and Black demographic in order to reach 80% of the vote.

VIDEOS & PODCASTS

This video made by a South Bend resident, Aesha, is a poignant look at the voices in South Bend that are not represented by the media. (VIDEO)

The Good Guy Pete podcast is run by South Bend residents and they discuss Pete Buttigieg and his impact on their community. It's extremely "Pete Positive".

QUOTES FROM ARTICLES:

Mark McDonnell, owner of LaSalle Hospitality Group in South Bend - "It's a heck of a lot better than it was five years ago. I think Pete started in the core and made a commitment, 'I'm going to improve downtown.'"[4]

Julia Chismar, economics teacher from St. Joseph High in South Bend: One school day, while rushing to get to another classroom, one of her students, a boy with learning disabilities, intercepted her in the hallway. Chismar remembers that the boy was trying to explain something to her in great and exhausting detail. Then, Buttigieg walked by and picked up on the situation. He knew the boy well and began to engage him in conversation, liberating his teacher to move on. "I watched Peter for a while. He didn't hurry him. He just stood there, listening. High school can be cliquish," observed Chismar. "But, Peter was not. He moved between groups and related to everyone. He was senior class president and was attentive to everyone." [5]

Rev. Brian Grantz, rector of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. James, and the mayor's pastor for the past decade: "He really thinks very deeply in a broad array of areas. So, his faith is integrated into his positions which you hear. His faith informs his politics and all of it informs his actions and his priorities," he added. "I think Pete's sense of duty and his sense of justice is all informed by faith and values. And you hear that in his campaign."[5]

THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN SOUTH BEND

The media has portrayed Buttigieg as having a problem with the Black residents of South Bend. Unfortunately, they interview the same two or three loud detractors time and again, while the vast majority of the 26,000 members of the Black community in South Bend are ignored.

Here are some other voices from South Bend's Black community:

  • The South Bend NAACP president, Michael Patton, went on national TV supporting Buttigieg's handling the recent Eric Logan shooting. (VIDEO) [6].
  • Pete was endorsed by the Black city clerk of South Bend, Kareemah Fowler[7]. "More than anything the values he often refers to holds true and [are] reflective of exactly who he is. I’ve been blessed to work-along side him."
  • Fowler's endorsement occurred at a reception held for Pete by Black South Bend supporters. Check the link at the reference for photos and videos from the gathering.[8].
  • An annual BBQ in South Bend is held by Curtis Walter. Mayor Pete always attends. This year, many of the folks at the BBQ spontaneously wore Pete gear as a show of solidarity. Pics here and here and here and here.
  • Resident Aesha made a video about Buttigieg and his relationship to her community. "Pete is kindness. And we need a little kindness right now."[9]
  • Resident Stacey Odom went to Buttigieg to ask for $300,000 to help fix up residences in one of the poorer neighborhoods. He listened and he gave her $650,000. "When I saw that he was willing to help, that’s what turned me,” said Odom. “That’s what said to me, this is a man that has the potential to be president."[10][11]
  • Resident AJ_Indiana posts on Twitter and supports Buttigieg's presidential campaign. She says: "The media loves to tell our story for us and they get so much of it wrong."[12] and "I feel like black people in my city of South Bend are being used. And not for the good of South Bend or this country."[13]
  • Resident Maria tweets: "I support him because of the work he has done in SB for the Latinx community." [14]

More are under the "TWEETS" section below.

See the page Racial Equity, South Bend, and The Douglass Plan for information on the programs and policies Buttigieg put into place in order to begin to address the inequality and systemic racism he inherited when he became mayor in 2012. These programs include training and grant money for Black entrepreneurs, grant money to help low-income residents fix up homes and businesses, programs for at-risk youth, improving parks and community facilities in minority neighborhoods, and police oversight, bodycams, and anti-bias training.

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  1. WDNU: "South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg wins re-election"
  2. South Bend Tribune: Why Coming Out Matters, Jun 16, 2015
  3. WorldPopulationReview.com: South Bend, Indiana Population 2019
  4. IndyStar "Photos: This is what South Bend looks like after Mayor Pete Buttigieg's time in office"
  5. 5.0 5.1 National Catholic Reporter: The political and faith journey of South Bend's 'Mayor Pete'
  6. The Hill tweet with Michael Patton, President of NAACP South Bend Chapter - https://mobile.twitter.com/Lis_Smith/status/1142177445174566912
  7. Kareemah Fowler, South Bend city clerk, endorses Buttigieg on Twitter - https://twitter.com/KareemahFowler/status/1117536200078897153
  8. Kareemah Fowler's endorsement and #AfricanAmericansForPete event - Twitter hashtag results.
  9. South Bend Resident "Pete is Kind" (VIDEO) - https://twitter.com/kennyedit/status/1145529743179206656
  10. Washington Monthly: How the Media Is Getting Mayor Pete’s Gentrification Story Wrong
  11. IndyStar: Pete Buttigieg says he’s mayor of a turnaround city. Here’s how that claim stands up
  12. South Bend Resident AJ "The media loves to tell our story for us and they get so much of it wrong."
  13. South Bend resident AJ tweets: "I feel like black people in my city of South Bend are being used."
  14. South Bend resident Maria tweets: "I support him because of the work he has done in SB for the Latinx community"
  15. Reddit post on policing: https://www.reddit.com/r/Pete_Buttigieg/comments/cxgfhn/new_york_times_article_pete_buttigieg_was_rising/