Yesterday, The Chair of the Derry Town Council, Neil Wetherbee, announced his endorsement of Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States.
Wetherbee is currently serving his third term on the Derry Town Council and is a local business owner.
“I’m proud to endorse Pete Buttigieg because as a mayor he understands there’s no Democratic way or Republican way to pick up the trash, plow the roads, or put out fires — the only thing that matters is delivering for the people who count on you, a perspective that’s missing from Washington these days,” said Wetherbee. “As the Chair of the Derry Town Council and an independent, I work with Democrats and Republicans. When we disagree, we don’t turn it into a partisan shouting match, we work it out — and as a mayor, that’s Pete’s approach. When our country is so polarized, Pete is bringing people together from across the political spectrum to implement bold solutions that the American people want and are actually achievable.”
Today, Dover Mayor Karen Weston announced her endorsement of Pete Buttigieg, citing his experience leading South Bend and his ability to bring Americans together to address the country’s most urgent challenges. that’s what DMSToday, Dover Mayor Karen Weston announced her endorsement of Pete Buttigieg, citing his experience leading South Bend and his ability to bring Americans together to address the country’s most urgent challenges.
Weston has served on the Dover City Council for 12 years, and for the past six years has been the city’s mayor.
“I met a lot of presidential candidates this year, but I found Pete the most grounded and the most clear about his vision for the county. Granite Staters are looking for a leader who doesn’t just have bold ideas — but can actually bring the country together to tackle the challenges we face,” said Weston. “Mayors know how to bring people together, balance budgets, solve problems, and serve their communities — and that’s why I’m proud to support Pete. As Mayor, Pete has had to deal with the most urgent issues facing our country — from immigration to health insurance coverage to gun violence. Leading a city has given Pete the foundation, and the granular attention to detail, to be a great president.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been endorsed by retired Maj. Gen. Ken Clark of Stratham, a former Adjutant General of the New Hampshire National Guard and a community service activist.
The Buttigieg campaign shared the key endorsement first with WMUR’s New Hampshire Primary Source before announcing it widely. Clark’s endorsement comes on the same day that a national progressive veterans group, VoteVets PAC, announced its first-ever presidential endorsement, for Buttigieg.
Clark cited Buttigieg’s experience as a military veteran, his national service plan and what Clark said is Buttigieg’s ability to unite the country.
Endorsing Buttigieg, Clark said in a statement:
“The United States was founded on a set of principles that have guided us for close to 250 years. Those principles were captured in our Constitution. As a military officer for over 40 years, I considered my oath to support and defend that Constitution as sacred.
“I have watched the current incumbent of the office of president routinely behave as if that oath can be interpreted any way he chooses. He has caused me to look very closely at those candidates vying for the nomination to oppose him in the 2020 election.
“As a long time independent voter and retiree, I have the time to do lots of research, watch the debates, and discuss with others. I have concluded that Pete Buttigieg is the candidate who best understands that the role of president is not as much about pushing an agenda as it is about building consensus.
“From his time in the military, Pete knows first-hand the power of national service to bring people together from all different walks of life and has released a bold plan to dramatically increase public service in our country.
“As president, Pete will not be controlled by big money, special interests or those that think he owes them favors. He is not making promises that he can’t keep. I am certain that his will be an administration filled with members of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, who are well qualified for their responsibilities.
“He will be guided by principle and reflection on the oath that he already took as a military officer. He is very smart, an exceptional communicator, willing to listen and able to stand toe to toe with the incumbent. I’m all in for Pete.”
Other voluntary national service advocates who have endorsed Buttigieg include state Rep. Matt Wilhelm, an AmeriCorps alumnus.
This week, Buttigieg has also announced the endorsements of two additional local officials, Mayor Karen Weston of Dover and Derry Town Council Chair Neil Wetherbee.
Buttigieg’s campaign says the candidate has also been endorsed by 10 state representatives, 25 current and former elected officials and Democratic activists, including Rochester City Councilor and Air Force veteran Jeremy Hutchinson and Keene City Councilor Randy Filiault.
Buttigeg’s campaign says it has 13 offices in New Hampshire’s 10 counties and a staff of 66 people.
Clark enlisted in the New Hampshire Air National Guard in 1968. He commanded the 157th Air Refueling Wing from 1996 to 2001. From 2004 until his retirement in 2009, Clark served as adjutant general, the senior Guard officer for New Hampshire, overseeing the Army and Air National Guard as well as the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery. In addition to his
He currently serves on the executive committee of Veterans Count, the philanthropic arm of Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services, which provides support to service members, veterans and their families.
VoteVets PAC endorsement
VoteVets, which says it represents more than 700,000 veterans, has been active in supporting Democrats for key offices. On Wednesday, it issued what it said was its first-ever endorsement of a presidential candidate.
Kate Holt, VoteVets senior adviser and an Iraq War veteran, said: “Pete is also someone who has the experience, as a war veteran, to be an exemplary commander-in-chief because he understands and has experienced the unique global security challenges we face right now. He has the personal understanding of our veterans’ needs.
“His executive experience as mayor, and his proven ability to think outside of the box to revitalize communities is exactly what veterans and all Americans need in a president right now.”