Manchester business executive and Democratic activist Gray Chynoweth is endorsing Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president on Sunday, calling the South Bend, Indiana mayor “a leader who will bring our country together so that we may once again be a light in the world.”
Chynoweth, chief executive officer of Minim, an internet service provider, founded and co-chaired both the nonprofit Stay, Work, Play and the Manchester Young Professional Network.
Chynoweth’s first choice for president was California Sen. Kamala Harris. Chynoweth endorsed her less than two weeks before she ended her presidential campaign.
In a statement shared with New Hampshire Primary Source, Chynoweth likened Buttigieg to former President John F. Kennedy.
“A house divided cannot stand. We need a leader who will bring our country together so that we may once again be a light in the world,” Chynoweth said. “I can think of no better person to pick up the mantle of leadership and the spirit of public service that John F. Kennedy embodied than Pete Buttigieg.
“That sense of service has long directed Pete’s actions — from stepping forward, like Kennedy, to serve our country in the Navy, to stepping up to serve his community as Mayor of South Bend.
“And that sense of service has animated his campaign, which has brought together people from every political persuasion and background because they are inspired by Pete and what he represents – a new politics that is rallying Americans together behind bold ideas that will allow us to finally solve our greatest problems.”
Chynoweth said that Buttigieg inspired him to join the U.S. Navy Reserves as an intelligence officer, “and now I’m proud to be a part of his campaign.”
Last month, Buttigieg was endorsed by 15 current and former elected officials and local leaders, including state Reps. Sue Newman and Ray Newman of Nashua; Nashua Alderman-at-Large Ben Clemons; Gen. Ken Clark of Stratham, who retired as the adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard; former Somersworth Mayor Lincoln Soldati; former Manchester Alderman Jerome Duval, and Rochester City Councilor-Elect Chris Rice.