The race for South Bend Mayor is heating up

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There was plenty of movement in the race to replace Pete Buttigieg Friday morning.

Common Council Vice President Oliver Davis officially filed his paperwork to become a Democratic candidate for mayor.

James Mueller, the city’s Director of Community Investment, is taking a leave of absence in order to explore a possible run.

Democratic Common Council member Regina Williams-Preston of the 2nd District announced Friday morning that she is forming a committee to explore a possible run for the office.

Cell phone store owner Shane Inez, who is 19, was the first Democrat to file. And St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Jason Critchlow has resigned that position. The South Bend Tribune says he’s a potential candidate for the job, as well.

There is at least one politician in South Bend, other than Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who says he is NOT going to run.

South Bend Venues, Parks and Arts, says he has discussed his future with family, friends, mentors, community builders and others. He says he is enthusiastic about continuing to serve in his current role and is reinforcing his commitment to the team. Perri also thanked Mayor Pete Buttigieg for his remarkable service to the city, and wished him the best as he prusues his next steps.

Perri says he looks forward to working alongside a mayoral candidate with the right vision for the City of South Bend.

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