The Democrat received 8,198 votes to defeat her opponent, Derek Dieter. Dieter received 2,666 votes.
“I think my positive message really resonated with the voters and they wanted a change, so they sent a message,” Fowler said after the race was called.
According to the preliminary numbers, a total of 10,864 South Bend voters cast a ballot in the city clerk race — 90 more than the 10,774 votes cast in the Democratic mayoral race.
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“I like to think that our support helped (Fowler), although she was a great candidate from day one and we were just adding to what was already a great campaign,” incumbent Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who endorsed Fowler in the race, said. “I think the biggest lesson of her campaign is positive campaigning does work. She ran a positive campaign that was about bringing people together and obviously voters responded to that in a big, big way.”
Fowler faces no Republican candidate in the November general election.
Buttigieg received 8,369 votes to overcome challenger Henry Davis Jr., who received 2,405 votes.
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“We thought turnout was gonna be more in the seven to 8,000 range,” Buttigieg said. “It’s a very healthy sign for our community. It shows that there are a lot of people who are involved, who are engaged and who care about the direction of our city.”
Buttigieg will face Republican Kelly Jones in November.