South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg endorses his possible replacement

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has endorsed the candidate he hopes will replace him at City Hall.

At a press conference at James Mueller’s campaign headquarters on Monday, Feb. 11, the outgoing mayor made the announcement that he’s supporting Mueller’s bid for the city’s top job, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.

Mueller, who announced he would seek the job last month, is the mayor’s former Executive Director of Community Development.

Mueller’s campaign released the following information about Buttigieig’s endorsement:

South Bend, IN – February 11, 2019 – Earlier today, surrounded by supporters at the Mueller for Mayor campaign headquarters, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his endorsement of James Mueller as the next mayor of South Bend.

“South Bend has turned a corner over the past eight years, but our work is far from done. This is a critical moment in our city, and we need proven leadership to build on the progress,” Mayor Buttigieg said. “James has been a tireless public servant who has worked for years to strengthen our neighborhoods and promote inclusive growth in our city. James has a track record of delivering results and the vision to lead South Bend into its next chapter. I am delighted to endorse James Mueller as the next mayor of South Bend.”

Mueller thanked the Mayor for his support.

“South Bend is a city that believes in itself once again. We must build on our progress and make sure everyone can thrive in our city. We have come so far over the past eight years. We can’t stop now,” said Mueller. “Serving my hometown as part of Mayor Pete’s administration has been one of my greatest honors. I am humbled and grateful for his support.”

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